Harvard Health Letter

The benefits and risks of rediscovering your favorite sport

Playing in a sports league in older age has many benefits, such as exercise and socialization. But it’s important to discuss it first with a doctor, understand physical limitations, and learn the signs of physical trouble. Underlying medical problems can affect exercise tolerance and safety, especially for high-impact sports such as soccer, basketball, or running. In order to play sports safely, one should get back in the game by working on key aspects of fitness first, such as aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching, and a healthy diet.
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