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The Health Advantages of Soccer

by
author image Tina Pashley
In 2008, Tina Pashley put her passion for animal advocacy to work by writing a weekly pet adoption and care column in the Martinsville Chronicle. She currently contributes to two consumer advocacy websites and several healthcare publications. Pashley holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Phoenix.
The Health Advantages of Soccer
Soccer incorporates vigorous physical activity into a beneficially healthy sport. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world partially due to the fast-paced excitement it generates on the field. Soccer is not only an enjoyable sport to participate in and watch but it also offers valuable benefits to the athlete. Soccer players benefit physically and mentally and learn the value of teamwork and family support in the process.

Physical Fitness

The Health Advantages of Soccer
Soccer is an excellent way to maintain physical fitness. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Playing and practicing soccer is an excellent way to gain and maintain physical fitness. During a soccer match, the players walk, jog and run almost constantly. Goalies must jump and leap to prevent the soccer ball from entering the goal. All gain necessary aerobic exercise for the players. Soccer also promotes flexibility, coordination and muscular endurance. Regular practice between games provides exercise that is vital to the health of people of all ages. According to a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, soccer increases lower leg muscle mass, jump height and power and better posture. In addition, due to the stronger bones soccer creates, players have a decreased risk of fractures.

Mental Alertness & Well-Being

Aerobic exercise helps fight anxiety and depression while playing in sports also improves self-esteem and boosts self image. Individuals who participate in soccer also gain increased concentration and practice methods of thinking quickly to react to situations on the field. As events unfold on the soccer field, a player must figure out the best method of carrying out an act to score points for the team.

Value of Teamwork

The Health Advantages of Soccer
Team sports help individuals think as a whole. Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Team sports, like soccer, teach the value of working together to reach a common goal. Players on a team must work to overcome problems that arise and learn problem-solving skills. Often, the problems that arise between members of a team are related to play on the field but sometimes they are due to conflict between players. Team sports helps players think in terms of the team as a whole; the actions on the soccer field will ultimately affect the team, not just individuals. This method of thinking often carries over to career and home life.

Family Time

The Health Advantages of Soccer
Being involved in your child's athletic activities creates quality time between you and your child. Photo Credit David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images

Whether you and your child are practicing soccer drills for an upcoming game or you are attending your child's soccer matches, being involved in your child's athletic activities creates quality time between you and your child. This action will remind your child that you are interested in his life and his interests which will ultimately strengthen the bond between you.

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