Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wessam Bou-Assaly - The Medical Benefits of Playing Tennis

As a physician who happens to like tennis a lot, Wessam Bou-Assaly has a very clear idea about the potential physiological benefits of playing the sport.

Sport Science Stats

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) funded some very interesting studies, one of which found a very clear link between the frequent practice of the sport and a reduced chance for sudden cardiac arrest. Those who play tennis at least 3 hours a week at moderate to high intensity, could reduce their risk of suffering sudden cardiac arrest by as much as 50%.

A Potentially Brain Stimulating Exercise

Tennis is an intense game that requires participants to stay alert at all times, as well as to think tactically. This could lead to new nerve connections in the brain, which is otherwise a well-documented phenomenon

Being Competitive Burns More Calories 

Playing competitive tennis (which doesn’t equal professional tennis) burns more calories than a lot of other exercises praised for their ability to work the body. These exercises include but are not limited to: aerobics, skating and even cycling.

Tennis Players Tested

Dr. Joan Finn did a study at the Southern Connecticut State University, testing various subjects and comparing their mental state based on different criteria. According to the results, tennis players – on average – were more optimistic and had a higher self-esteem than those who did not play the sport.
Wessam Bou-Assaly is a radiology expert who loves to exercise whenever he has the time, with tennis being one of his favorite sports.