A study conducted with cancer patients shows that the perception of pain in these patients decreases by almost 9% when they see a soccer game. In addition, if the game is disputed by the patient's team, their general discomfort is also reduced by 5%.

The investigation was carried out in April 2011, taking advantage of the four matches played by the Football Club Barcelona and Real Madrid teams, and researchers from the Laguna de Madrid Care Center, the Sant Jaume and Santa Magdalena Hospital in Mataró collaborated. (Barcelona) and the University of Gerona.

Patients are distracted and thus avoid focusing on the symptoms of cancer, both physical, as nausea and pain, and emotional -depression, irritability, feelings of loneliness ... -

The authors of the study found that the positive effects of this activity began before the game, and remained after the end of the match, regardless of its outcome. The patients looked forward to the start of the game, shared their viewing with family or friends, and then could also comment on the most interesting plays and their experiences in this regard.

Specialists explain that patients are distracted and thus avoid focusing on the symptoms of cancer, both physical, as nausea and pain, and emotional -depression, irritability, feelings of loneliness ... Although during the experiment it was observed that nervousness of patients increased 13%, doctors consider that even this data is positive, since that means that they were more aware of the game than of their own disease.

The psychologist Jordi Royo, of the Hospital Sant Jaume and Santa Magdalena, has emphasized that this experience has proven to be very effective without the need to use drugs, so he hopes that patients admitted to hospitals can be offered the possibility of accessing channels of television with sports programs, or other activities that contribute to patients 'forgetting', at least for a time, of their pain.

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