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Females, Football and Fitness

by Ryan Halvorson on Aug 13, 2014

Making News

The 2014 World Cup is now just a memory; however, researchers have discovered that playing soccer (or football) can provide significant health benefits for women aged 35 and older with mild hypertension.

Published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (2014; 24 [S1], 36–42), the study aimed to determine how a 15-week soccer program would affect fat mass, blood pressure and fitness among inactive premenopausal women aged 35–50. The small study featured 41 subjects; 21 of them participated in three hourlong “small-sided” soccer sessions per week, while the rest functioned as a nonexercise control group.

Compared with the control group, soccer players saw improvements in blood pressure scores, significant reductions in fat mass and total cholesterol, and gains in endurance. “Short-term football training resulted in a marked reduction in blood pressure and induced multiple improvements in [the] fitness and cardiovascular health [profiles] of untrained, premenopausal women with mild hypertension,” explained the study authors.

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (www.fitscribemedia.com); contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www.Fat2Fitin30.com, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.