Professional soccer players endure a substantial amount of physical stress throughout the playing season and pre-season training, which can have a significant impact on their overall health. The physical demands of the sport can cause changes in body composition, leading to a decrease in lean body mass and an increase in fat mass during the off-season. This can negatively affect an athlete's performance and overall health.
Moreover, the physical stress of soccer can have a significant impact on peripheral blood flow, which is vital for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body's tissues. Reduced blood flow can increase the risk of injury and weaken the immune system's ability to respond to health challenges and infections.
To mitigate these issues, it is crucial for professional soccer players to carefully manage their recovery, especially during the off-season. In a recent study, scientists discovered that using a specific type of vascular stimulation (vestims) mattress for eight weeks improved key health indicators, including endothelial function, blood flow, and fat-free mass, without any additional clinical interventions, exercise, diet changes, or medication. These results indicate that the use of Vestims mattress could be a valuable tool for professional soccer players who aim to improve their health and performance.
In conclusion, professional soccer players face high levels of physical stress during the playing season and pre-season training, which can have a substantial impact on their body composition, blood flow, and immune system. To counteract these effects, it is crucial to monitor recovery and the use of a vestims mattress can be a helpful aid in improving overall health and performance.
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Conflict of Interest Declaration
Gary J Baker, editor, was one of the coinventors of the Vestims mattress, that was designed to improve long-term blood flow, and has a financial interest in the sale of this product.