Written By: Dr. Amit Mishra
Health Benefits of Playing Soccer
“Be strong, my young friends that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to heaven through Football than through the study of the Gita, You will understand Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger”.
– Swami Vivekananda
Sports are valuable to physical health which contribute to economic growth and employment in the country. It builds character, teaches and develops strategic & analytical thinking, leadership skills, goal setting and risk taking qualities in an individual, reducing healthcare costs owing to a healthier population, reduction in crime, and job creation. According to the recent research reports, engagement in sports or regular physical activity can positively affect psychologically and emotional wellness, which is directly linked to the immune health of an individual.
Soccer (or Football) resembles Start-ups or small and medium-sized business enterprises. CEOs of the company play the role of team captain in a business organization. In Start-ups, although the major decisions are taken by the CEOs as the business grows the chain of command shifts to the mid-management employees to make the system more efficient. Soccer is distinguished by specific positions like forwards, midfielder, striker, goal-keepers etc. where despite less communication, players adjust themselves and maintain proper distances among them during the various stages of the game, resulting in smart passing and moving off the ball forward. Start-ups or Small and medium-sized enterprises, with a limitation to a number of products or services, canvas specific roles to their employees having the ability to focus on their goals.
Soccer was the most favorite game of Swami Vivekananda because he found in it both physical exercise and an element of adventure, thrill and suspense were there that inculcates team spirit and coordination among players preaching them the right learnings for teamwork. Among different sports, it is only the Soccer where “Win” is possible only when teamwork and coordination are there.
Teamwork and Team Building are the essential assets to make the organization a congenial place to work. Fostering teamwork is a top priority of a good leader. The benefits of Teamwork and Team building are enhanced productivity, better customer service, more adaptable systems and accreditation of the employees.
Health Benefits of Playing Soccer
The health benefits of Playing Soccer are
- Because of the increase in the level of serotonin (a chemical made up of essential amino acid tryptophan, produced by nerve cells), the natural mood is stabilized
- Inculcates discipline and a solid work ethic
- Develops concentration
- Teaches Goal-setting
- Teaches how to handle success and failure
- Reduces stress and depression
- Improves sleeping habits
- Help you improve a healthy weight
- Help you boost your self-confidence
- Have been linked to the development of leadership traits
Football grew out of the two kicking games soccer and Rugby. It is one of the most favourite American sports which has its roots more than 100 years ago in 1863 when it began in England. The game played in the junior schools, high schools and colleges today was introduced to India by British soldiers. While it is popular as a sport to play, it is even more popular as a sport to watch. Both, Football and television grew up together in the era of 1950s.
Fundamentals of Soccer (Football)
Soccer is played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field. One team tries to move the football across the opposition’s goal line at one end of the field. The length of football pitch must be 100-130 yards (90-120m) long and 50-100 yards (45-90m) wide. The field’s surface may be natural grass or a green synthetic grass surface. In professional football, the hash marks are 70’9” (70 feet, 9 inches; 20.96m) from each sideline while in high school and college play, they are 53’4” (53 feet, 4 inches; 16.25m) from each sideline. The game of soccer primarily follows the rules & regulations of Federacion Internationale de Football Association or FIFA
The Foot Ball Dimensions
The oval football is approximately 11 inches long and about 7 inches in diameter at its center. It weighs from 14-15 ounces. It is inflated to an air pressure of 8.5 psi to 15.6 psi.
Pele: World’s Greatest Living Football Player
Pele, the legend National Football team player of Brazil is called the “Football King”. He played in 1363 first-class matches and scored 1281 goals. He is affectionately called “Black Pearl” who had displayed great patriotic feeling during his career when he refused the tempting big offer money from Italy and Algeria.
Soccer is more than just a game as it teaches lessons of teamwork, discipline, perseverance, goal-setting, handling success and failure, time management, and keeping fit. Regularly playing or watching this quality game would endeavor the rapid growth of the business.