Softball league keeps Texas seniors active

The McKinney Mustangs are just like any other summer softball team except for one difference - their youngest player is 56. The Mustangs are one of a number of teams in the Dallas-area Metroplex Senior Citizens Softball Association, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The league has games twice a week and has put a number of rules put in place in order to prevent injury. For instance, players can overrun any base to make sure they do not get hurt sliding.

Softball league keeps Texas seniors active However, just because the players are senior citizens that does not mean that they can't still play like professionals. Seventy-three-year-old Bill Griffin is batting .711.

The wife of one of the participants, Dale Smith, signed him up after he retired to help him maintain an active lifestyle.

"The first year, we would sit and laugh because Dale really couldn't bend over to pick up the ball," Ruth Smith told the news outlet. "Now he can play any position out there. He practices on the batting cage that our son used when he played ball. It's really helped."

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians excercise in older adults is very important and has benefits such as lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of diabetes and improving neurocognitive function.

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