Soccer improves the health standards of growing boysAccording to a new research published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), long-term and regular participation in soccer greatly improves the health profile of young boys.

The study revealed sharp contrasts between regular and long-term benefits from extracurricular sports participation against physical education alone.

Soccer needs to be promoted as a low-cost option to facilitate sound and healthy growth of growing boys as per lead researcher Jose A. L. Calbet, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain.

It was revealed that growing boys who play soccer not just benefit from increased whole body bone mineral density but they also witness high regional measurements in areas such as femoral neck in the hip and lumbar spine.