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Mind, Body, Football

In this study from the British Medical Journal, football is proven to be not only a physically nutritious but objectively fun as well.  You don't need full squads or huge fields, the sport is dynamic enough for small groups.  This specific survey focuses on healthy men from all ages as well as (and in more depth) men with certain conditions such as prostate cancer and type 2 diabetes.  Get the numbers, get the facts right here and see what this great sport has given so many of us.

Football training also influenced elderly participants (65–75 years of age), with bone mineral density (BMD) in left and right proximal femur being, respectively, 1.1 and 1.0% higher after 4 months of training. Continuing the training for another 8 months led to further marked improvements in the elderly, reaching increases in BMD of 3.8% and 5.4% in the right and left femoral neck, respectively, as well as increases of 2.4% and 2.9% in the left and right proximal femur, respectively...
Approximately 80% of patients with T2DM are hypertensive, which nearly doubles the risk of adverse cardiovascular events. In patients with T2DM, systolic and diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 9 and 8 mm Hg, respectively, through 12 weeks of football training...
Recreational football improves left and right ventricular function and increases VO2max by 7-15% and even more in 65–75-year-old men.