Is football good

Football: good for health and figure

TNS Emnid asked active women why football was out of the question for them. One reason is the possible risk of injury (46 percent). Much more important, however: two thirds (65 percent) expect another sport to do more for their health and fitness than they do by playing football. However, this is not confirmed by sports scientists, on the contrary - as comparative studies by the University of Copenhagen in 2010 show.

Football versus jogging

The Danish researchers initially let untrained women jog or play football every week for several months. The soccer group was able to show the significantly better body values ​​in the end. It is true that the pulse and fat mass also fell among the joggers. However, the kickers showed significantly improved cholesterol levels. The resilience of the muscles and the bone density had also developed more positively. "With a high bone density, the risk of falls and broken bones is reduced," explains Central's expert and specialist in orthopedics and sports medicine, Cordelia Schott. The expert sees one possible reason for the footballers' better muscle values ​​in the fact that "the constant alternation between walking, running and sprinting, combined with different loads, activates both fast and slow-twitch muscle fibers."

The sport can also help you lose weight: A player who weighs 60 kilograms usually burns more than 1,000 kilocalories during a game, while a jogger of equal weight at medium speed only burns around 400. Although this is causally related to the recommended duration - based on 40 minutes of jogging - to do, however, the group experience of kicking motivates for longer periods of time.

Women kick fairer than men, but not more elegantly

The fact that women's football has so little appeal in popular sport may also have something to do with its perceived attractiveness. Do women play more elegantly or more aesthetically than men? Only 38 percent of women at TNS Emnid see it that way (33 percent of men). However, 59 percent of women (53 percent of men) are of the opinion that women play fairer - which is relevant from a health point of view. "Since football is a contact sport, it can lead to injuries," says sports medicine specialist Schott. However, the risk of injury is significantly lower in popular sports because, among other things, the training load is lower and the amateur game is less hard.

At www.central.de, Cordelia Schott, who also looks after professional footballers herself, gives tips on how the positive health effects of football can be enjoyed undisturbed.