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Learn teamwork with softball. Photo by Tueetor

As a sport predominantly played by women globally, softball is assuredly becoming one of the biggest youth sports for both boys and girls right here in Singapore. And it’s incredibly healthy for them too. As Gerann Ngiam, Co-founder and Director of Infiniti Sports pointed out, “There are 21 girls schools which have dedicated teams playing softball at a national level and some 16 boys schools. Having personally coached ACS (I) and RI, I must say there is a lot of talent out there. And we only discovered this talent when they started playing at secondary level. Imagine if they were given a chance to start younger.”

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Softball is not just for play, it does wonders for your health as well. Photo by Tueetor

Softball has become a rage not because of the sport itself, but it has some undeniable health benefits as well. Here’s a list of the top 10 incredible health benefits as catalogued by the Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the World, Samir Becic in Health Fitness Revolution.

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Total body conditioning. Photo by Infiniti Sports

Provides total body conditioning: Unlike other sports, softball is an activity that requires multiple skills, and therefore provides total body conditioning. Running, swinging, fielding and throwing all require a coordinated effort from numerous muscles throughout the body.

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Anaerobic benefits and strength: Every single action in softball is an explosive action. Hitting, throwing, quick lateral movements, jumps off the bases and others are all explosive. In addition, softball players need throwing power and acceleration power. A base in overall body strength and maximal strength is also important; it serves as a foundation to build muscular power. Some muscular endurance is also beneficial, especially for pitchers.

Upper body development: The arm and shoulder muscles play a significant role in the softball swinging and throwing motions. The rotator cuff, triceps, biceps, forearms, deltoids and other major upper body muscles are central muscles for being able to swing, pitch and throw with power.

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Mid and lower body conditioning:  The power generated during batting comes from the legs and the core. The oblique muscles on the sides of the abdomen are major contributors to the rotational elements of the swinging and throwing motions.

Requires increased flexibility: Overall flexibility is important in softball, but it is especially important to increase flexibility in the tight areas. Some of the common tight muscles or muscle groups among softball players are hamstrings, hip flexors, calves and chest area (pectoralis minor, more specifically). This tightness greatly increases the risk of injury, so it is important to stretch and stay flexible.

Burns calories and fat: The average player burns around 300 calories per hour of play.

Improves self-esteem: Players involved in sports like softball generally feel better about themselves, both mentally and socially. Practicing, improving skills and gradually achieving goals help build confidence, reduce stress and make them more resistant to social pressure. Often, lifelong friendships are formed on the field as the boys and girls learn to trust and rely on each other.

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Mental benefits: Playing sports does more than whittle your waistline and firm up your calves. Research shows that you can reap mental health advantages from playing sports, too. Whether you like the single-minded focus of running or walking, or prefer the camaraderie of a softball team, you’ll feel better if you play sports.

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Teaches teamwork: Working with coaches, trainers and teammates to achieve goals is great practice for the real world where teaming up with others to meet goals are keys to success.

Develops leadership skills: People usually receive more benefits than they expect from participating in sports. They get attention and respect that they may not receive elsewhere, and participation provides them with opportunities for leadership and socialization, as well as the development of skills for handling success and failure.

For more information on Tueetor and Infiniti Sports, visit https://tueetor.com/infinitisports . Edited by Cecilia Leong. A self-confessed former helicopter mama, Cecilia’s a born-again parenting realist who loves volunteering with her 3 monkeys. When not busy being a marcom specialist at Tueetor, she loves gaming, watching anime with and pestering her kids. Her mission in life is for her kids to discover their individual passions and the joy of giving back to society.

 

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