Dr. Miguel Maturana, chief cardiology fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, understands soccer fandom. He’s a native of Chile, where the sport is often likened to a religion. “My dad used to take me to the stadium when I was 4 years old,” he said. “He would put me his shoulders.”
Maturana also was lead author on a paper, published in 2021 in Current Problems in Cardiology, that reviewed research on heart health among “die-hard” sports fans.