It is common knowledge that Football is played by millions across the globe and perhaps, it may be the world’s most beloved sport. At the moment, there are 2 categories of Football available in the Paralympic programme: Cerebral Palsy Football and 5-a-side for athletes with a visual impairment. Of course, there is also adapted Football for other classifications such as Power-chair Football for wheelchair users.
Benefits of Football
You have probably heard about the magical qualities of football—the ability to destroy boundaries between strangers and bringing them together. Para Football is the same. In fact, it is arguably more wholesome because it includes impaired individuals to compete in Football on the world stage, with people of the same ability levels.
Regular football training brings about many health benefits. A characteristic of a football game is that players are always shifting between walks, jogs, and sprints. This form of low-to-high intensity shifts, and vice versa, tremendously improves cardiovascular health, lowers body fat and improves muscle tone. Running long distances during matches or in training also builds endurance, flexibility and strength.
Football is also a social sport. By playing together with teammates, individuals can learn important “soft skills” such as communication and cooperation. Creativity can also be imparted as players have to think quick on their feet to come up with maneuvers to outwit their opponent and keep possession of the ball. Overall, such team sports only bring about positive outcomes as teammates make successful plays together, improving everyone’s confidence and self-esteem.