Professor Mitsuru Higuchi of Waseda University School of Sport Sciences and Seibu Lions Co., Ltd. started joint research on "the effect of watching baseball on the health of the elderly" in March 2016.If this research can clarify the effect of watching baseball games on the health of the elderly, it will be valuable evidence (scientific basis) for the aging society, such as introducing sports watching as a measure for the elderly by local governments. Is expected.

 In recent years, it has been pointed out that the inactive life of the elderly reduces their mental and physical functions, and as a result, increases the risk of future long-term care. It has also been reported that there is a high risk of death.On the other hand, activating baseball games and communication with others through watching baseball games at the baseball stadium has some positive effects on the health of the elderly and is expected to improve QOL (quality of life). So far, few studies have investigated the effects of watching sports on the health of the elderly.

 Against this background, Waseda University and Seibu Lions have signed a research contract to jointly verify the effects of watching baseball games from various aspects such as physical activity, happiness, depression, cognitive function, and lifestyle of the elderly. Conduct research.Approximately 2015 research monitors (subjects) were recruited from five neighboring local governments (Tokorozawa City, Hanno City, Sayama City, Iruma City, and Hidaka City) with which Seibu Lions signed the "Basic Agreement on Cooperation and Cooperation" in 5. We will conduct research on elderly people in Japan.Seibu Lions will provide watching tickets that can be used for a certain period of the 70 season, and Waseda University will analyze and verify them.

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