All the benefits of football

Physical health, mental health, nutrition, stress and sport. Have you ever thought that everything is related? Surely. Sport is fundamental for everyone’s life, both for having a good concentration, for relieving stress and for maintaining maximum health. Very often it happens that only at the thought of tackling the sporting activity is lazy, but when the terms you feel regenerated and full of energy and even in a good mood.

Any sport is to be considered valid, but we will go today to take a look at the game of football , above all because it is the most followed and loved sport in Italy and in Europe.

Physical Benefits

The game of football certainly leads to an improvement in the resistance and increase in muscle mass , especially if the physical activity lasts one and a half hours as the games and with an important physical effort; with the passage of time, muscle mass is increased, metabolism improves and with the passing of the week, training becomes less and less tiring.

The major benefits are the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Practicing it consistently removes the decline associated with natural aging, because it increases the longevity of muscle and nerve cells. Physical activity helps our body to strengthen itself, thus preventing many diseases.

Think of the children, who just start going to kindergarten or kindergarten get sick; but have you ever noticed that children from the age of 5-6 who practice outdoor soccer under the elements (wind, rain, snow) have greater physical endurance and less chance of getting sick because they can strengthen the immune system . Partitella between bachelors and married? Answer ‘Yes’.

Emotional benefits

” Healthy mens in healthy body ” how many times have we heard this phrase? It is taken from a verse by Juvenal ” Orandum est ut sit healthy mens in healthy body” to be precise and translated from the Latin has the meaning to ask the gods that the mind is healthy in the healthy body. Because physical exercise is an indispensable condition for the efficiency of the spiritual faculty and consequently mental hygiene must be accompanied by physical exercise.

In addition to being a sport, football is therefore a team sport . Being able to be an integral part of a group and not just being “individualistic” is the fundamental element to be able to live and know how to relate with other people. You can grow with a wider vision.

Team sports

As we have just said, team sport helps to avoid being individualists, but football can also fight anxieties and anxieties, with all that follows. Many diseases, especially in recent decades, are of psychological origin and can be treated with any sport, but much better if the sport is a team: football is the team sport par excellence.

There are new incentives and new challenges with objectives to be achieved, to know how to put into play and start a new game challenge every time and in life.

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Snow adventures: discovering skiing

Spending a day in the mountains, with a soft and very white snow covered mantle, is a unique experience that, at least once in life, must be done. A day of sun and snow is ideal to discover the beauty of sports or, for those who already have experience, to refine their technique. There are many different activities for each type of character, attitude or taste, just take a look around to get a complete overview of this magnificent sport.


Skis: a family passion

My parents have always been passionate about skiing and from an early age I was used to frequenting the most famous ski resorts in Italy. Now I grew up but I remember with great pleasure my first time with a pair of skis on my feet. I was five years old and even though I already knew the snow, I had never worn skis before. I had limited myself to touch the snow, play with it, taste it in the battles with friends but I had a sort of awe because I knew I would have to learn with many difficulties (and falls). My parents had decided that it was time to teach me what they had been doing for years, so I took the skis and put them on with the emotion to remember all the details of that day: the blue color of my boots, the bright profiles of the skis and the warm cabin that seemed to push me towards the unknown whiteness of the snow-capped mountains.

My first day of snow

I remember my legs were shaking with fear but it was not the only feeling I felt; I had a very strong excitement and also a desire to launch myself in that new adventure. Where was my fear? Buried somewhere in the boots. There comes a precise moment when the mountain calls you and you just have to run. In position, helmet worn, skis connected and ready sticks, as soon as my parents left me, I immediately lost my balance and I found myself sitting in the snow and I felt discouraged, my father helped me and encouraged me saying it was normal that initially I would be due fall many times before learning. After a moment of discouragement, I took courage and got up again but this time I managed to stay in balance while finding myself again with my face immersed in the snow. Understanding how to stay on your feet was a painful, entertaining and stimulating experience, but when the gears began to spin and I found myself suddenly in the track with almost no steepness, I began to feel the cold air on my face and I took a small note of freedom.

I remember this experience with pride; now I am 30 years old and I have realized my dream of becoming a ski instructor, taking my cue from my parents every time I have to teach something to newcomers to this wonderful sport.

An appealing novelty

Over time there has been a constant evolution of this sport , new techniques and disciplines have been developed that have made skiing one of the sports with the largest number of practitioners in the world. Today there are many new skiing activities that can be practiced and one of these is speedriding . A mix of skis and skydiving is a constant rush of adrenaline that makes this extreme sport an energy paradigm. Speedriding is practiced in off-piste skiing and on fresh snow, once the skis are engaged, the descent begins with the parachute open which brakes the descent and allows you to carry out evolutions in flight and glide in the snow. A few days ago I had my first speedriding experience and I have to admit that it was unique. I have had many experiences of both parachuting and kite but this new sport is completely unconventional. Once you get to the starting point you need to prepare the necessary (always in complete safety) and prepare to go down, open the sail and feel a strong push that starts to push down the mountain. The force of gravity begins to fail and it is here that the lucky sportsman feels a lightness in the movements that is probably the same as the astronauts feel. Just make a small jump to find yourself catapulted many meters forward without even realizing it, the adrenaline begins to circulate more and more copious. The descent is very steep but the sail slows down and allows you to fly over any obstacle as if nothing had happened. What does it feel like skipping whole trees and cliffs? Impossible to describe it in words, the feeling of freedom is immense. Practice makes perfect, and I myself have tried again one, two, three times but I never get enough of it; it is true that sport is addictive but never as in this case it is a healthy, positive and incredibly regenerative dependency.

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The race: a real addiction for athletes

The race is not just a hobby or a sport to practice at a competitive level. For today’s athletes, running is a conditio sine qua non, a real reason for life, a sort of positive drug that takes our body and strengthens every muscle, providing the body with a breath and energy always greater each time the distances traveled increase.
It is no coincidence that running is a fundamental component of all sports, from athletics, to football, to volleyball or tennis, apparently static disciplines but with a large amount of movements to be done at high speed. The race in a sports field is definitely the best type of race to train well your body and avoid many injuries from overload, such as sprains in the knees or ankles. On the other hand, you know, running on the grass of a sports field is much less traumatic than the race on the road or track, which with their hardness do not cushion the support of the feet and cause a series of micro-traumas. If you like racing and you want to train your body like real professionals, in the next paragraphs you will discover a series of tips to stay on top form.


Do not neglect the body: in the race not only the legs are used



The first advice I can give you to run well and always be fit is to not neglect your body. It is true that the legs are used mainly in the foot race, but this does not mean that the other parts of the body are not used: the race, in fact, is an exercise in balance and coordination , in which you must also help with arms. Therefore, to run well, an advice we can give you is to always keep the upper part of your body trained, from the muscles of the arms to the abdominals. With this I do not want to tell you to become like Usain Bolt, but having a good physical structure is a fundamental element to be always in shape and to look better.

Always train: it is essential


  Another advice I can give you to keep running constantly and with good results in the long term is to have a lifestyle that makes your physical efforts sustainable: it is useless to run every day and then go to eat in fast food or hire an excessive amount of alcoholic beverages, because in this way you will defeat all the good things you have done before. In other words, if you want the ride helpful you need to you to match this activity to a healthier lifestyle possible extent always idratandovi and taking foods like meat, fruit and vegetables, which are good for health. I say this from personal experience: every time you eat something heavy, in fact, it is much easier to feel your body “clogged”, and the likelihood that even the legs suffer from this heaviness (penalizing the effectiveness of the athletic gesture) increases considerably .

Keeping a training diary, for example, is a great way to test yourself and make sure you train well.
Take a small diary, write down every day where you go running like you felt physically, or how your muscles responded to the effort. One piece of advice I can give you about is to write every time you go and run what you did before or what you ate: personally, every time I go running I try to keep in mind the foods I hired before starting ‘activity, because in this way I have more possibilities to connect the race on foot to a diet that can help my muscles to withstand the effort, avoiding instead those foods that can make me feel weighed down. But the purpose of keeping a diary is not only this: it, in fact, has very often a motivational function, and will help you find the right stimuli when you do not want to get up and go running.

Do not turn the race into something harmful: do not overdo it


The last advice I can give you when you go running in a sports field is not to overdo the distances or the pace of running, because otherwise you could turn an activity that should bring benefits to your body in something harmful. No matter how enthusiastic you may be, running every day and putting your legs to the test can weigh them down and lead to a less fluid run, which is one of the main causes of muscle and other injuries. That’s why, at least at the beginning, I advise you to start traveling short distances at low rates, increasing them from time to time. Clearly, when you feel that your legs respond positively to the effort you will be ready to give you a goal, which can be a minimum distance to go or a minimum time interval in which to try your hand in the race. Obviously your goal can be composed of both these two components, helping you above all from the mental point of view as well as on the physical plane.

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All the rebounds of the oval ball

Let’s talk about Rugby , a team sport that bases its foundations on athletics to encourage the growth of individuals, to help their correct integration within the game system and to activate collaboration with teammates, from very tender age.

In fact, we will see in this article how minirugby has become a very powerful tool to help children develop their character, to socialize, to learn to face the contact with the ground and other children, to take responsibility and make choices quickly in the field, during the game. In Italy, the topolino tournament is the most important minirugby tournament in our country.


The birth of Rugby

Rugby is an ancient sport born from the same quarrel of football, in 1823 in a town in the middle of England. Legend has it that during a football game the student William Webb Ellis picked up the ball with his hands and start running towards the opposing goal in spite of all the rules in force, scoring the first half of the story in front of the dismay of all his colleagues and friends. That day, in that bourgeois college frequented by the offspring of the King’s military hierarchy, Rugby Football was born, the ball game with the rules of the Rugby school in Warwickshire.

How to play Rugby?

Rugby is a team sport , combat and situation .

Although it is understandable to understand the first two characteristics of the discipline of the oval ball, it is useful to define what is a sport of situation:

“A sport in which the outcome of the action, then the result (ie: scoring the goal), does not depend exclusively on the technical gesture and physical performance, but on the ability to find the right responses to adapt to different stimuli.

This means that in addition to the technical gesture and physical performance, each player of the team has to make choices depending on the situation in which it is based on the final result he wants to achieve. An old fox of this sport, trainer and trainer Franco Ascantini , says that there are no right or wrong choices a priori. The choices become right or wrong only after the action, depending on the result you get.

In a nutshell: it does not matter whether you are a dwarf or a giant, if you make rounds around your opponent to make goals, dribble it, or step over it.

The important thing is that once you have taken the information, solve the game situation with the resources you have available, completing your goal, that is to make a goal!

So much so that the sport of situation is opposed to the sport of performance , a feature that includes all sports whose result depends exclusively on a performance, be it technical or physical and that can be measured with a score, or with a physical quantity ( es: the 100 meters run).

The basic principles and rules of Rugby

An ancient sport, full of habits and constantly evolving. All this complexity is resolved with a series of rules and principles that administer the sport of the “ordered kaos”. The basic principles of Rugby are:

  • forward progress;
  • the pressure in defense;
  • the support;
  • continuity.

The first principle is advancement , and the rule that determines it is to mark the goal . If the objective of the game is to make a goal, ie to crush the ball in the area under the opponent’s poles, at any time of the game you have to think about advancing. Both in the attack stages, when you have possession of the ball, finding the spaces and weaknesses to pass in the trench put on by the other team.

This is why the same principle applied to defense is pressure , and the rule that allows pressure is plating . When the ball has it they repel each other and send back to the sender all offensive opponents with effective tackles and therefore … advancing!

The third principle, that of support , is determined by the rule of off-game and by the fact that in the Rugby the ball is passed only with hands backwards . This principle is important for maintaining possession of the ball and always having play options. Without support, in fact, the player remains isolated and loses possession of the ball.

The fourth fundamental principle of Rugby is continuity , and the rule that determines it is the one held on the ground . In Rugby, in fact, a player on the ground must leave the ball immediately to allow his teammates or opponents to continue playing the ball. This is why continuity is essential, to move from one phase of play to another in an attempt to reach the goal or make points to the foot.

regole del Rugby

The effective player, therefore, is the one who:

  • is able to understand the situation and solve it, in advance of the adversary and according to criteria of effectiveness;
  • knows how to use both the technical skills of the role and, in a multi-purpose, technical skills common to all, dictated by the need of the game itself;
  • he is athletically and muscularly prepared;
  • Perfectly integrated into a team project for a
    high level game.

The Topolino Trophy and minirugby in Italy

The Topolino Trophy, now Trofeo Città di Treviso, now in its 40th edition, is the most important minirugby tournament in Italy.

Since 2017, Walt Disney Italia has decided that it will no longer organize youth sport events called the Topolino Trophy, including the historic Treviso event reserved for Rugby. The tournament of the great tradition, however, continues to live under another name and under the aegis of companies and local authorities.

Yes, it was the end of the ’70s when the minirugbistica manifestation started in Treviso, conceived by Dott.ri Antonio Munari and Gianni Raccamari, born in the beginning with the intention of bringing together in a couple of days all the Italian teams that during the sporting season they had not had the chance to meet.

To give an idea of the size of this tournament today just think that the 2015 edition was attended by 340 teams and 6200 minirugbisti, from Under 6 to Under 14. In addition to all of Italy, in the 340 teams represented, were present formations from Croatia, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg and Lithuania.

The minirugby is the sport of Rugby declined for children and serves to introduce them the discipline and values of rugby. It is the team sport par excellence. In terms of character, it facilitates the ability to socialize and teach respect for others, opponents, comrades, referees, educators. Loyalty is an essential part of the game. The more timid and fearful children teaches to be more confident with themselves and others, to the more aggressive teaches to contain and channel their exuberance in the regulated game. Rugby helps to give awareness of oneself and safety. Moreover, mini rugby is a game that promotes integration: girls up to 12 years play with boys; and you will also see your child play with disabled children.

Journalists and Italian blogs on Rugby

In Italy Rugby has had a prodigious development since 2000, year of entry of the Italian National Team in the 6 Nations Trophy, in terms of the growth of practitioners and in terms of general awareness of this sport that makes team play, sacrifice and discipline its strengths.

To tell the stories of the oval ball in Italy there are many TV and print journalists and some reference blogs. Among the most authoritative it is right to report:

  • The duo Vittorio Munari and Antonio Raimondi;
  • Paolo Ricci-Bitti on the Messenger;
  • Marco Pastonesi on the Gazzetta;
  • Paolo Wilhelm and his Grillotalpa;
  • Duccio Fumero on Rugby1823;
  • Daniele Piervincenzi, Rugby Social Club;
  • Sebastiano Pessina and On Rugby;
  • Andrea Papale and the Delinquents lent to the world of the oval ball;
  • Valerio Tavano and SPQRugby , for the oval ball in Rome;
  • NPR – Non Professional Rugby by Valerio Amodeo and Davide Macor.
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