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World Cup health risks: Football fans brace yourself

Published on 11 June 2018|
2 min read

The FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 fever is about to reach epidemic proportions.

by Louise M., Carrybeans

A month of football madness

Brace yourself: it’s going to be a full month of football madness. Millions of people from all over the world will be hooked on watching the World Cup. It kicks off on June 14 and the final on July 15, both times with only two teams playing against each other. With daily matches and 32 teams competing for the World Cup glory, it’s going to be an exciting month for a lot of people.

Are you an avid football fan and a loyal supporter of the playing teams? Then I’m definitely sure you’re going to be following the matches closely. In that case, let’s see what are the common health risks that football fans experience during football season and try to avoid getting it yourself.

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Beware of the health risks involved 

Internal body clock disruption 

Your body clock is responsible for more than just sleep and wakefulness. Other bodily systems that affect us mentally, emotionally and physically also operate on a daily rhythm. After a long night, you will face some difficulties to properly function in your other daily routine. Either you become zombie-like or on autopilot, you’re likely a dead ball.

Sleep deprivation

Not getting enough sleep will leave you feeling tired the rest of the day. Being drowsy during the day also affects your balance and coordination, making you more prone to injuries and increases the risk of accidents. Your concentration isn’t up to par and most of the time you’ll be zoning out. 

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Weakened immune systems

When you get too little sleep, your immune system weakens. And a weakened immune system is like an open invitation to the germs around you. This allows viruses to break your defence system and you’re more likely to fall ill. It’s no fun being sick. And it sucks when you’re sick and can’t stay up to watch the following matches.

Emotional outbursts

Watching football is a very emotional experience for some people.  All that pent-up excitement and energy explodes into different forms depending on how the match is going. If you’re not careful, uncontrollable lashings can cause harm to your well-being and even to those around you.

Lame excuse syndrome

Skipping work because you’ve got food poisoning? Probably from eating too much while watching football. Having insomnia? Probably from staying up late from watching football. Taking someone to a doctor’s appointment? Yes, probably taking yourself to get your (fake) medical certificate. Health reasons are the most common excuses used and it’s probably getting too lame.

Watch your health, not just the ball

The Fifa World Cup only happens every four years and it’s understandable that you’re going to use that excuse to stay up late. However, do make sure to stay healthy by getting enough rest and eating healthy!

Catch up on the latest movies before World Cup takes up your time! Here’s our review for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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