WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Soccer At 50

By: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Email
By: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Email

They may not run as fast as they did in their 20's, but as Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports in today's Health Minute.

A team of self professed old guys refuse to stop playing their favorite sport.

They call themselves old guys, but these 50 and 60 somethings are anything but, when they're on the field.

"People look at me and they say - you're still playing soccer and i - yea - i'm still playing soccer."

Today they face a team of 40 year olds. The game plan for the older guys...In a word..preparation.

"We're learning a little bit more that we need to take care of our bodies. I work out and i think i have a couple of things in mind: Endurance, strength and flexibility."

Because now their biggest competitor, the threat of injury.

"When we get older we lose the ability for our muscles to stretch as much. We lose some water in the muscles, in the cartilage and the ligaments. And we just get stiffer."

Which can lead to pulled muscles or sprains. So on and off the field the players stretch - a lot. And work hard to stay fit and remain strong. And they play smarter.

"I'm more tactical, technical player and i avoid physical contact."

The older guys won the game 5 to 1 but most importantly they also remained injury-free --- ready to compete another day.

"I'd like to play until they put me in a wheelchair and i can't get out on the field anymore. If there's still guys my age that want to play at 80, i'll be playing."

For today's Health Minute, i'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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