World Cup Soccer and Healthy Children
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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