Why is it helpful to play football: arguments from Ulyana Suprun

Почему полезно играть в футбол: аргументы от Ульяны Супрун

Sports, including football, bring many benefits to the human body. They improve both mental health and physical.

The main advantages of playing football has led the acting Minister of health Suprun.

Like any physical activity, regular the game of football makes us happier — we eat healthier, improve health, positively affect self-esteem and reduce stress.

Football is a good cardio workout that improves aerobic capacity, heart health and blood vessels, helps maintain normal weight and improve muscle tone has a positive effect on strength and endurance.

Teaches coordination promotes teamwork and sharing teaches you to “think on your feet”, helps improve skills of concentration, perseverance and self-discipline, boosts confidence and self-esteem.


The game of football as a cure – many studies show the benefit of this type of physical activity for people of all ages.

Interestingly, even practice “walking football” for the elderly. It was created so that people over 60 could play football (they do it much more slowly, almost at walking speed), with less risk of discomfort and injuries.

There is evidence that football in different formats, duration and training load is a useful activity in the case of chronic diseases — type 1 and type 2, hypertension, obesity, many diseases of muscles, bones and joints (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis), chronic fatigue syndrome and even depression.

Physical activity itself may be a source of stress. Team games such as football, is adrenaline. We are alert and heart pounding. But any physical activity is good for distraction — while you exercise, you don’t think about anything but training and play, and thereby calm down.

Playing soccer is a good strategy for overcoming mental disorders and socialization.


Team sports are associated with active release of oxytocin , an important hormone and neurotransmitter, which calms and anaesthetises. Several studies on the role of oxytocin in social behavior have shown that it increases positive social emotions. Oxytocin is involved in empathy, trust, generosity, altruism, cohesion, cooperation and (social) motivation.

Football (like singing or running) gives rise to a state of social flow and the release of oxytocin, causing the state of the relationship. This is useful in overcoming disorders, when we feel lonely or isolated.

Even more football, as a form of physical activity, often used in strategies for public health and the spread of a healthy lifestyle.

One interesting example in this regard is the case of Iceland, where with the help of attracting adolescents to engage in physical activity, in particular football, was able to reduce the level of alcohol and drugs among young people.