Denver Cardiologists Recommend Playing Ultimate Frisbee

Denver cardiologists, or any cardiologists really, want to see their patients try and become more active. One of the ways this tends to get accomplished is by joining a recreational team and playing competitively, which motivates many people to work hard in order to win. Some people play football or basketball, but there are a plethora of other team sports that are just as engaging as fun. In this case, ultimate Frisbee is the name of the game.

Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive sport that features a Frisbee being thrown between two teams. The rules function very similarly to football, in which each team must try and catch the Frisbee in the opposing end zone, resulting in a point. After scoring plays, the scoring team must throw the Frisbee to the opposing team, much like a kickoff. This tends to be called a pull.

There are a few minor differences though. Whenever a player has possession of the Frisbee, they are not allowed to take more than a few steps, and are required to throw to one of their teammates. If the Frisbee is intercepted, hits the ground, or goes out of bounds, the opposing team automatically gets possession at that spot. The Frisbee must be thrown within the ten seconds it is in a player’s possession, or it will go to the other team at that spot. The game is played for 4 ten minute quarters with seven people on each team. The field needs to be about 110 meters in length, or 360 feet, for a regulation game; however, small fields can be used.

Ultimate Frisbee is engaging because the mechanics of throwing a Frisbee is a lot simpler than throwing a football. Furthermore, any player is allowed to pass, meaning that you don’t really have specialized roles besides forwards, centers, and defenders. It requires you to run and jump considerably, which are both cardiovascular activities. Before you know it, you’ve been sprinting and jumping for the last 40 to 50 minutes, and that’s amazing for your body’s health.

How To Use This Information

 Our Denver cardiologists want our patients to be involved in some sort of weekly exercise program, and participating in team sports is a great way to do just that. We recommend that our patients to find an exercise they like and stick to it because it is so integral to regulating heart health. Without exercise, our arteries are more likely to clot, and our heart will become weaker. For more information on what exercises are best for you, visit our website here, or call us at 303-744-1065.