Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Recreational soccer reduces high blood pressure in mature women

Date:
June 19, 2014
Source:
University of Exeter
Summary:
The World Cup in Brazil may be attracting a global armchair audience of millions, but new research has shown that playing soccer could help lower blood pressure in women aged 35-50. Women within this age group with mild high blood pressure achieve a significant reduction in blood pressure and body fat percentage through playing recreational soccer for 15 weeks.

The World Cup in Brazil may be attracting a global armchair audience of millions, but new research has shown that playing soccer could help lower blood pressure in women aged 35-50.

Women within this age group with mild high blood pressure achieve a significant reduction in blood pressure and body fat percentage through playing recreational soccer for 15 weeks. This is the finding of a new study conducted in a collaboration between researchers across four countries, including Professor Peter Krustrup of the University of Exeter.

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports is today publishing two articles on recreational soccer for older women. The first article shows that 35‒50-year-old untrained women with mild high blood pressure achieve a significant improvement in physical fitness and a considerable reduction in blood pressure and body fat percentage after 3 x 1-hour soccer training sessions per week over 15 weeks. The second article describes the enthusiasm of women for the recreational soccer concept soccer Fitness, which is currently being rolled out in soccer clubs across Denmark.

"After 15 weeks of participation in recreational soccer, systolic and diastolic blood pressure had fallen by 12 and 6 millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and the women had lost 2.3 kg of fat on average," says project leader Magni Mohr. "The soccer training produced an impressive reduction in blood pressure that was more than twice as big as with swimming performed over the same period as the soccer."

The researchers also found that women like playing soccer even if they have no previous experience of the game. Magni Mohr added: "The players faithfully attended training, with an attendance rate of over 90%. In fact, through the project period they came to enjoy playing so much that they have now started up their own soccer club."

"Our previous studies have shown that 16 weeks of soccer training reduces blood pressure in 20‒45-year-old women with normal blood pressure, but this is the first study that has looked at the effects of recreational soccer in women with high blood pressure," says Professor Peter Krustrup, who has been studying the health effects of recreational soccer and many other forms of physical activity for the past 10 years.

"As well as the impressive effects on blood pressure and body composition, we also saw a drop in cholesterol and a big improvement in physical fitness as a result of the 15 weeks of soccer training," says Krustrup. "In fact, the women were able to run more than twice as far in a Yo-Yo Intermittent Endurance Test and their heart rate was 14 beats per minute lower when working at moderate intensity. Recreational soccer is an effective therapy for poor fitness and high blood pressure in 35‒50-year-old women."

"Traditionally, there haven't been so many older female players in English, Faroese or Danish soccer clubs, but the relatively new Danish initiative of soccer Fitness has really caught on with women," says sports sociologist Laila Ottesen, currently engaged in an extensive study of the soccer Fitness concept, which was started in 2011 by the Danish soccer Association and the Danish Sports Confederation.

"At present, there are 180 soccer clubs across Denmark offering soccer Fitness. In just a few years, the initiative has become hugely popular with women, who currently make up almost 75% of players. soccer Fitness is about training in a fun, sociable and healthy way and not about playing matches against local rivals," says Ottesen.

"Matches are not part of the package, and consequently soccer Fitness appeals to a lot of women who have never been in a soccer club before, in Denmark and and probably also many other countries" concludes Ottesen.

In the training project, 41 untrained women aged 35‒50 years with mild high blood pressure of around 140/90 mmHg were randomly assigned to either a soccer training group or an inactive control group. The soccer group trained for 1 hour three times a week for 15 weeks. The training was performed on artificial grass in Torshavn in the Faroes. An extensive testing protocol was used before the start of training and on completion of the 15-week period.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Exeter. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal References:

  1. S. Bennike, J. M. Wikman, L. S. Ottesen. Football Fitness - a new version of football? A concept for adult players in Danish football clubs. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2014; 24: 138 DOI: 10.1111/sms.12276
  2. M. Mohr, A. Lindenskov, P. M. Holm, H. P. Nielsen, J. Mortensen, P. Weihe, P. Krustrup. Football training improves cardiovascular health profile in sedentary, premenopausal hypertensive women. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2014; 24: 36 DOI: 10.1111/sms.12278

Cite This Page:

University of Exeter. "Recreational soccer reduces high blood pressure in mature women." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 June 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619111525.htm>.
University of Exeter. (2014, June 19). Recreational soccer reduces high blood pressure in mature women. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619111525.htm
University of Exeter. "Recreational soccer reduces high blood pressure in mature women." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619111525.htm (accessed August 21, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Possible Ebola Patient in Isolation at California Hospital

Possible Ebola Patient in Isolation at California Hospital

Reuters - US Online Video (Aug. 20, 2014) — A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is in isolation at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. Linda So reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan

Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan

AP (Aug. 20, 2014) — A 111-year-old Japanese was certified as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. Sakari Momoi, a native of Fukushima in northern Japan, was given a certificate at a hospital in Tokyo. (Aug. 20) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Do More Wedding Guests Make A Happier Marriage?

Do More Wedding Guests Make A Happier Marriage?

Newsy (Aug. 20, 2014) — A new study found couples who had at least 150 guests at their weddings were more likely to report being happy in their marriages. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone's Freetown a City on Edge

Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone's Freetown a City on Edge

AFP (Aug. 19, 2014) — Residents of Sierra Leone's capital voice their fears as the Ebola virus sweeps through west Africa. Duration: 00:56 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins