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Veteran’s League Crucial For Ex-Reps

Veteran’s League Crucial For Ex-Reps
Former Fiji and Lautoka football captain Pita Dau (left) passed away last weekend and will be buried in Lautoka today. Photo: Fiji FA Media
April 07
11:38 2018

Former reps need to keep themselves occupied as being idle for long could pose serious health issues, says former national goalkeeper

Tagi Vonolagi says former footballers should be mIndful of the health risks if they remain idle for long after their career comes to an end.

The former goalkeeper’s comments stemmed after .the passing away of Pita Dau, the former national team captain and other players in recent times.

“Former footballers need to become health conscious”, he said.

“They must keep themselves occupied as being idle for long could pose serious health issues.”

Tagi says the start of the veteran’s league in every district is the best option for former players to walk off that extra lipids.

“We have lost too many players recently and its alarming”, said Tagi, the captain of Fiji’s first South Pacific Games gold medal winning team in 1991 in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

“A veteran’s league is my guess the solution that would give former players a reason to stay connected to the sport they loved and stay healthy.”

Tagi said former district reps, routine and a lifestyle that they built around the sport when they were involved changes when the sporting careers are over and there’s nothing to fall back on to stay active.

“Pita, like many others before him were active during their playing career, but post retirement had nothing to keep them occupied and that could well be the start to many illness”.

Dr. Erin Reifsteck an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro said studies show that former athletes become couch potatoes after their playing days and their habits change for the worse.

“Many former athletes struggle to find a way to work out when formal games and practices end”, he writes in his monthly health journal.

“There is an assumption that athletes know how to be active, have always been active and therefore will always be active, but the evidence suggests that is not necessarily the case”.

Reifsteck says besides, the most common of problems is the diet, eating habits and ignorance to healthy lifestyles.

“Start weaving the muscle confusion and cardiovascular exercises and healthy eating attributes longevity”.

Tagi said he couldn’t agree more, adds former players fall under Reifsteck’s findings and suggests the need for players to become health conscious.

“Like the Reifsteck finding weave the muscles and change the eating habits.

“Keep a watch on the intake, food and the supplements for a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s all about keeping fit and healthy.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

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