Foosball is a tabletop version of the sports “soccer”. In this game, players turn the rods that are fixed on top of the playing box in flicking the ball and in striking the ball toward the goal. On these rods are miniature soccer player figures. But have you ever considered the thought that playing a sport like foosball can be beneficial for radiologists?

Below are the skills that are needed to play foosball but can also be used in radiology
An Analytical Mind
In playing foosball, it is important to have a good eye for details as well as good observation skills. A quick eye is necessary to make sure that you won’t miss the ball. Sometimes, it gets frustrating when you want to hit the ball but you and up turning the wrong rod. To avoid this, you must be familiar with the rods as well as the miniature players so you won’t commit the mistake of messing up the game. Similarly, radiologists are required to have an analytical mind. This means that radiologists should be able to analyze ideas and to use logic. They should be able to combine tidbits of information in order to draw a conclusion. The purpose of this is to determine strengths and weaknesses.

Concentration and Focus
One important skill in playing foosball is the focus. A player should concentrate on the game to avoid being distracted. With this skill, a player will definitely score more. This skill is also important in the field of radiology. There are a lot of factors that might cause a radiologist to lose focus, and this has to be avoided. A radiologist’s job is critical so less or no mistake should be committed.

A foosball player should gauge the capability of the opponent. If the opponent is a better player than he can study how the opponent plays. This is a good way to adjust and plan for the win. In radiology, there are no opponents but that doesn’t mean this skill won’t apply anymore. Part of a radiologist’s job is to manage oneself and other people. This means he should check how other radiologists are doing something or learning something. He should also know how to manage his time and others’ time to help develop and motivate others.

Perception and Visualization
It may take a pro to be able to imagine the possible outcome from doing one move, but its essential for a player to at least have this skill. Being able to calculate the outcome of one move will be very beneficial for a player to score. In radiology, perception and visualization are two important skills to correctly perform a task. This includes identifying a hidden pattern — object, word, or sound; comparing words, letters, patterns, objects, or pictures quickly and accurately; and imagining how something is going to look like if some of its parts are rearranged or if its moved.

Foosball and radiology are associated with each other, although you didn’t really know that until today. Translating the skills for foosball into the field of radiology can greatly benefit radiologists. In this sense, foosball is of high value for radiologists when it comes to performing their job.