The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers these health tips for soccer players:
- Stay in good physical shape, even in the off-season, with regular exercise and strength training.
- Always warm up and stretch before playing.
- Always cool down and stretch after playing.
- Be sure to drink enough water before and during play.
- Always wear proper safety gear, including shin guards and shoes with ribbed soles or molded cleats.
- When the field is wet, use soccer balls made of synthetic, nonabsorbent materials, instead of leather.
Obese Youth and Gallstones
According to health information from the U.S Dept of Health and Human Services obese youth are an eight times higher risk of gallstones than youth who are not obese.
Young people should only rarely have gallstones. But doctors are treating more teens for the buildup of the hardened cholesterol-laden lumps in the gallbladder. Research finds that the risk of gallstones was higher in obese young people.
At Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, research scientist Corinna Koebnick looked at medical records of 766 10- to 19-year-olds with gallstones, “Obese youths have a much higher risk – up to 8 times higher – than their normal-weight counterparts.” Koebnick shared that parents and kids should get together on eating right and being moreactive.
This health study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.