Monday, 31 December 2012

Soccer Health Benefits

Soccer Health Benefits

Soccer  Health Benefits
Soccer – or football as it’s also called – is the most popular sport in the world and is played in most countries. It is a team sport, involving 11 players on each side who use their legs, head and torso to pass a ball and score goals. The nature of the game means that players may be sprinting, running fast or slow, and sometimes may be standing around. 

As play during soccer is continuous, soccer is great for fitness and cardiovascular health. People of various ages and skill levels can participate in soccer, with individuals of various sizes being able to do equally well. Soccer can also be a great sport for kids who may not have high levels of athletic ability, but who would like to participate in team sports.

Health benefits
Soccer can be a great workout and lots of fun. The health benefits include:
Increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health
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Lowers body fat and improves muscle tone
Builds strength, flexibility and endurance
Increases muscle and bone strength
Improved health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.
Other benefits
There are many other benefits from playing a team sport like soccer. For example it:
Is generally a non-contact sport
Teaches coordination
Promotes teamwork and sharing
Teaches you to think on-the-go
Helps to increase skills in concentration, persistence and self-discipline
Is a great way to meet people and exercise with friends
Can provide an opportunity to increase your confidence and self-esteem, and help to reduce anxiety
Requires very little equipment so can be played in the backyard or park
Is relatively easy to learn, so beginners can easily join in on the fun and play basic soccer for recreation
Is an international sport.
Getting started
Soccer is very popular in Australia and is played both recreationally and competitively. Playing a basic game of soccer doesn’t require a large number of people or a soccer field; it can be as simple as having a kick with friends. 

Playing soccer just for fun can be done in backyards, streets or on beaches. All you need is a ball! You can also play soccer competitively by joining a local club, organised competitions and junior clinics. 

Avoiding injury
To protect yourself from injury and prepare your body to play soccer, make sure you:
Warm up your muscles and joints before starting
Maintain your fitness to play well and avoid injury or fatigue
Ensure you have plenty of fluids on hand and rehydrate regularly
Don’t overdo it – depending on your age and physical condition.
Wear the correct protective equipment.

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