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Recreational soccer improves bone formation

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Excitement heightens among soccer fans worldwide, as yesterday marked the kickoff of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The average age of the players in the game are below 30, but researchers from Denmark suggest the sport is not just for the young. In a study published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports last week, the researchers report that recreational football (45-60 minutes, 2-3 times a week) improves bone mineral density and turnover in elderly men. The study was conducted on volunteers consisting of sedentary but otherwise healthy men aged between 65 and 75 over the course of 12 months. The participants were randomly assigned to three activity groups: football, resistance training, and no activity. In contrast to the football group, no improvement in bone formation was observed in resistance training or inactive group. The researchers conclude, “Thus, it seems that recreational football can be recommended as physical activity that improves bone health and diminishes the risk of osteoporosis, even in elderly people.”

Lynn Kimlicka

I am a scientist-turned writer and editor, who loves to read and write (more than doing experiments). I have a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a specialization in structural biology. My interests range widely, from life sciences to pop culture and arts to music. I am bilingual in English and Japanese.

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