The influence of football on our health

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The game of football collects thousands of fans in the stadiums and even more at the TV screens. It brings fame, respect, and prosperity to its players around the world. About what? Of course, about football – the favorite game of millions.

Playing football for children: from what age?

One of the most common questions of parents: from what age can you give the child to the sports section? There is no single answer to this question. Everything will depend on the physical development of the crumbs. But there are general recommendations, as well as the rules of sports sections. For example, children are not given up to 4 years of sports. In football teams the set runs from 6-7 years of age.

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Football only for boys?

It is commonly believed that this sport is male. Of course, world championships are held among male participants, and the most famous players in the world are men. But nothing prevents your daughter from doing football at will. Today, there are many women’s football teams, among which there are also competitions where the champion is determined.

The use of football for health

At a young age, the future champion takes the first steps towards self-identification. Contrary to popular belief, this game contributes not only to physical development but also intellectual. Why football is useful for health?

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  • Improvement of cardiovascular ability
  • Improved coordination of movements
  • Increase of reaction speed
  • Muscular relief of the legs
  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • General strengthening of the body
  • Ability to play in a team

Harm of football

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No matter how it would be desirable to notice only the advantages, this sports game has its drawbacks. They concern, mainly, restrictions on the physical condition. The game of football is uniquely harmful to children with disabilities in the work of the musculoskeletal system. About difficulties, you could be informed by a district pediatrician or by the coach of the children’s sports team.


Among the most obvious negative sides of football are:

  • Hypertension
  • Angina pectoris
  • Arrhythmia
  • Diseases of veins
  • Systemic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Neuropsychiatric diseases
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pneumonia)
  • Anemia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Gynecological diseases
  • Tuberculosis

Playing football for children

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Before enrollment, the admission of the child to any sports team will require the parents to obtain a certificate from the doctor. This is evidence that the young athlete has no contraindications for this sport. More often this is just a formality: in the district clinic, it is supposedly given out after the analysis of blood, urine, and ECG. But if in your plans to provide a serious sporty future for the child, you will have to undergo a complete examination.

Note to parents

For training, it is important not only physical data, but also good equipment. Most of the training will take place on the street, which means that clothes should not get wet or delay moisture. Optimum option: a synthetic form with micropores – a fabric that is easily erased and retains its appearance for a long time. Under the shirt, it will be necessary to wear a cotton jersey or another t-shirt.

What do you need for the game?

  • Mandatory equipment includes:
  • Boots
  • Sneakers for playing in the hall
  • Cotton Socks
  • Shin Protection
  • Ankle retainer
  • Knee pads (sometimes)

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