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Health benefits of Soccer

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Health benefits


Soccer can be a great workout and lots of fun. The health benefits include:

  • Increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health
  • 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.

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.

Source: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Soccer