5 Good Reasons Why Futsal is Good for Kids

The benefits of playing futsal are aplenty and they are not only restricted to adult players. Futsal is being recommended even to small children and teenagers as it is just equally fun as it is physically uplifting.

I have seen my children reap the benefits of playing the sport and I cannot help but share them to my fellow parents:

It Fosters Sportsmanship

Futsal is being played globally and became the sole indoor soccer game that earned the official recognition of both FIFA and UEFA. In fact, there is a Futsal World Cup attended by over 100 countries worldwide. So to speak, it is a competitive sport.

Allowing our children to engage in futsal early on teaches them the value of sportsmanship. It further inculcates the values of hard work and team effort which are essentially needed to survive in the world as it is.

It Promotes Strategic Thinking

The game only consists of 5 players per team and the chances are high for a player to face head on with another opponent, especially that the field is relatively smaller than a typical soccer field.

The events are also relatively short-spaced that quick, strategic thinking is required almost always, all throughout the competition. I have witnessed my child in action playing the infamous futsal and I can attest to how the game has improved his analytical skills.

The changes may not come on big and obvious, yet the improvement is solid and persistent. For instance, I notice how quickly he changes his direction when a speeding car approaches him. Or, amazingly he’s able to find ways to crunch several household chores in such a short period.

It Prepares the Kid for Soccer

If you examine both sports closely, you’ll realize there is not much difference between indoor futsal and soccer, except for a few ball techniques and rules.

Messi, Ronaldo, and Pele are the world’s most famous soccer players who are proud former futsal players. Because futsal can be played indoors, consistency of practice is assured, rain or shine.

More so, with the relatively smaller number of players involved, the passing of ball becomes extremely critical. Studies show that futsal players receive the ball 6 times more than when playing soccer.

In effect, your individual technical becomes more improved, ready for a bigger game, especially when your child wishes to one day transition to soccer.

It Boosts Self-esteem

Concomitant to the advantage of increased ball exposure is the enhancing of self-esteem. The players become more confident in their ability to score. Futsal, suffice it to say, is more empowering to kids.

I have seen kids as young as 7 years old who seem to enjoy futsal and feel confident about their skills. This spills over outside the confines of a court, even in their performance at school or other organizations.

It Provides an Opportunity for Cathartic Release

Children and teenagers generally have higher energy than most adults. Their body, brought about by hormonal changes, is at its most optimum state to engage in any sport.

Alongside puberty, emotional and mental challenges also come their way and I, having been exposed to kids of several age groups, can attest to the wavering emotions of a youngster.

Futsal then becomes a very good outlet for any pent-up emotions. It is rough, yet never abusive. So it becomes perfect for releasing the stresses that kids may not express well just yet.

Ultimately, I can say that futsal keeps the youth active, away from vices and other unhealthy habits. It instills discipline and furthers their agility and endurance. Maneuvering the ball is difficult, after all. It promotes sharp thinking and sharper physical skills.

A Simple Review of the Theragun G2Pro Percussion Massager

I never really believed in percussion massagers, opting instead to get my post-workout massage treatment from my favourite massage clinic. After all, the clinic is very near the gym where I work out. But then a friend of mine lent me her Theragun G2Pro, a percussion massager that she says is used by professionals in clinical practise settings.

I was hesitant to try it, not really believing it will work. However, since my friend is going to lend me the device for a full month, I decided to give it a try. This is my personal experience and review of this machine. I have to reiterate that this is not a Theragun G2Pro detailed review. It’s a simple one that I hope will somehow enlighten you about percussion massagers.

The Design                                                                       

Looking like an impact drill with a different attachment, the Theragun G2Pro is currently marketed for those who are dead serious about managing post-workout muscle pain and strain while also facilitating the faster repair of injured muscle tissues. This allows them to get straight back into the action.

It has a modest design powered by a 12-volt rechargeable lithium battery that sends electrical juices to its oscillating motor that delivers 2,400 vibrations per minute. Each vibration is rated at 36 kilogrammes of force. The oscillations are designed to move up to 16-mm in a vertical motion.

The Theragun G2Pro already comes with 4 massager head attachments, each one designed to produce a specific type of massaging action. It only weighs a little more than a kilogramme, making it portable enough for frequent use.

What I Consider Fantastic

There are a number of things that I find really pleasant with the Theragun G2Pro. First, the massaging action is simply superb. No wonder people love it because of its ability to activate deeper muscle tissues. I love my massage therapist, but given the fact that I’ve already been introduced to the Theragun G2Pro,

I think I’d also want to keep this for those my-therapist-is-not-around scenarios. I later found out that this percussion massager delivers 36 kg of force with each of the 40 percussions that it produces every second. It’s unthinkable, yet the results are unquestionable.

This percussion massager also comes with angle placements – four to be precise – allowing me to reach certain parts of my body with relative ease. I’ve seen another percussion massager that looks more like a shower head. This one looks like an impact drill. It comes with 4 massager heads; although my friend only has three (I think she misplaced one).

Suffice it to say, the massager heads work like a charm as I get to use the right attachment for the right massaging action that I need.

What I Find Troublesome

Okay, so the Theragun G2Pro is a professional-grade massager. But given the fact that it is very pricey, this is something that no ordinary Aussie will want to get. Moreover, I find the battery life to be ridiculously short. The published battery life is 40 to 45 minutes.

Personally, the longest I was able to use it in between recharges was a little less than 30 minutes. But I can always live with a half-hour massager.

The real headache is the noise. I once brought it to the office so that I can have a half-hour massage session right in my cubicle during break time. My officemates were all looking at me because of the noise that it created. No wonder my friend never brought the device to work.

Personally, I like the Theragun G2Pro. Unfortunately, its noise is something that I find a real drawback.