The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the fitness industry's only global trade association representing over 10,000 for profit health and fitness facilities and over 600 supplier companies in 75 countries.



From educational tools and events to promotional programs and public policy initiatives, IHRSA brings you success... by association!

Join | Renew
Pledge Your Support

Search IHRSA Blog
« Increased Activity Decreases Incidence of Heart Failure | Main | Introducing the Member Profile Formula »

Recreational Soccer Programs Help Youth Improve Health

Child obesity continues to be a growing global problem. A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences looked at the impact of a recreational soccer program on several markers of health among obese adolescents aged 12-17 years. The study followed 30 adolescents for twelve weeks where half were randomized to complete a soccer program consisting of three sessions per week, and half did not complete a program.

The study found that the program improved biochemical, cardiovascular, and fitness markers among participants. After twelve weeks, the soccer group showed reductions in body mass index, waist circumference, cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, insulin resistance, and c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) compared to the control group. 

Many health clubs offer camps and other programs that provide an opportunity for adolescents to participate in recreational sports like soccer.

Want more articles like this? 

New Call-to-action

 Vasconcellos F1, Seabra A, Cunha F, Montenegro R, Penha J, Bouskela E, Nogueira Neto JF, Collett-Solberg P, Farinatti P. Health markers in obese adolescents improved by a 12-week recreational soccer program: a randomised controlled trial. J Sports Sci. 2015 Jul 24:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.