2016 Summer Olympics Journal #4

The Sports of Brazil

Sports are very important to the people and culture of Brazil. There are many sports that are enjoyed by people around the country but there is one much more popular than the rest. Here we will take a look at the most popular sport in Brazil and how it affects the health of those who play it.

Football in Brazil

Also known as soccer, this sport is extremely popular among the people of Brazil. Their national men’s team is the only team that has ever qualified for every World Cup tournament and they have won the FIFA World Cup 5 times. Football is a way of life for most Brazilians and is taught at a very young age. Children can be seen playing it in the streets and many refer to Brazil as “o País do Futebol” or “the country of football”.

Football and Your Health

Football can have some very positive health benefits for those who play the sport, either professionally or just for fun. This sport is is a high energy, cardiovascular activity that is good for the heart and it also helps to build and tone muscle. If played often enough it can help you stay in shape and manage your weight as well. Football is also a sport that keeps you agile. You must be able to think quickly and nimbly move in different directions, all while keeping your balance.

Studies have also shown that there are many mental and emotional health benefits to playing football. It helps to keep your mind sharp by improving your cognitive skills and concentration. It also helps to improve self-esteem, confidence and decrease stress and anxiety levels. Due to the fact that this is a team sport, it also helps to build relationships, interpersonal skills and teaches lessons on sharing and being a team player.

It is also important to keep in mind that there are some health risks that come along with this sport as well. Injuries are very common. Twisted ankles, injured knees and broken bones happen frequently. As do bumps, bruises and concussions.

It is important to always wear the appropriate protective equipment when playing this, or any sport to ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum.

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August 6th, 2016 by