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Study: Playing soccer could increase homeless mens health

12 weeks of soccer playing by homeless men allowed them measurable cardiovascular fitness increases, decreased body fat and LDL (bad) cholesterol (which went down 6.4%) as well as a drop in diastolic blood pressure.

A small study of homeless men living in Copenhagen found that playing street soccer for 12 weeks improved their cardiovascular health, blood pressure, body fat percentage and cholesterol. Although pedometer readings revealed that the study participants averaged more than 10,000 steps a day, they lacked intense physical activity that can improve the cardiovascular system.

The majority of the men said they regularly smoked cigarettes and marijuana, and many also drank alcohol. Of the 55 original study participants, 33 took part in a soccer training group while the others did not, serving as a control group (they were put on a waiting list to take part in the program later). Among the group, 22 men in the training group and 10 men in the control group finished the trial.

Michael Jordan in his college dorm room, in 1983

by Sports Illustrated’s Lane Stewart.

Father drops daughter from lap to catch foul ball

The price of the ball on eBay signed by Willie Mays started at $36 (for now)