Soccer Scores a Goal for Senior Fitness

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Think soccer is only for young elite athletes playing in the World Cup?

Not so: A new Danish study finds that the game Europeans call “football” can bring serious health benefits to men in their 60s and beyond.

“The results provide strong evidence that football is an intense, versatile and effective form of training, including for untrained elderly men,” study leader Peter Krustrup, of the Copenhagen Center for Team Sport and Health at the University of Copenhagen, said in a center news release.

The new research included 27 inactive men, ages 63-75, who were assigned to do either soccer training, strength training or no training at all. The two training groups did two one-hour workouts each week for a year.

All of the participants underwent physical tests at the start of the study and again after four and 12 months.

The men in…

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