World Cup Soccer and Healthy Children

July 8, 2010 at 9:33 am 1 comment

The World Cup has reached a fever pitch, with the final match just a few days away. Everyone appears to have football on their mind, even here at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

As we continue to raise money for a new hospital, we often think about what we’d like to have in that new hospital. It should come as no surprise that the people we turn to for input and ideas are hospital patients. Enter Luca Piccolo.

Luca, first and foremost, loves soccer. This year, Luca was one of our patients featured over our wildly successful Miracle Weekend. Our community was introduced to Luca and how BC Children’s Hospital plays a role in his life. Luca has cystic fibrosis and visits to the Hospital are part of his routine. During Miracle Weekend, Luca made his energy and love for the game known. He even suggested a soccer field be installed  in the new hospital design.

Not only do we love that Luca opened up his life to our community and expressed his passion for the game, we love the benefits that accompany the game when kids are at play.

The CBC recently reported on the benefits of soccer on child health. Angelo Belcastro, a kinesiology professor at the University of New Brunswick, says, “soccer is one of the best physical activities for children to participate in because it parallels the way they move naturally. Typically children’s activity patterns are starts and stops, spurts and whatnot, and if you watch children in the playground that’s naturally what they do.”

Belcastro goes on to say that “shorter bouts, again with the rest periods and continuing that for 20, 30, 40 minutes, is very, very beneficial.”

We hear you loud and clear, Luca. The benefits speak for itself. But, more importantly, so does your love for the game. Enjoy the rest of the FIFA World Cup Championship!

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To read Luca’s story, click here.


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  • 1. Cheryl Rentz-Bennett  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Regarding your story about soccer and Luca, I couldn’t agree more regarding the benefits of soccer. My daughter, Natalie Bennett, is now 8 years old. She has had a patent ductus repair and she lives with a VSD. Dr Human and the cardiology team attempted a repair the VSD with an Amplatz device two years ago but after several attempts they could not deploy the device in a safe and effective manner to repair Natalie’s “hole”. Currently Natalie is being monitored by Dr Human and the BCCH Cardiology team and is doing extremely well. Dr Human told her, however, that she would probably never be a soccer superstar but she’ determined to prove him wrong! She loves “the beautiful game” and is the poster girl for the 2010 Tim Hortons Soccer Summer School in Kamloops and recently travelled to the Hawaii International Cup to participate in a U10 girls soccer tournament with her older sister.

    Let me know if you would like to see the poster and I’ll send a you a scanned pdf.


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