Football for Health on a global scale – University of Copenhagen

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15 December 2014

Football for Health on a global scale


Research from the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health at the University of Copenhagen have revealed that football is an enjoyable, intense and multifaceted type of training that is effective in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases for untrained men and women across the lifespan irrespectively of skills and prior experience with football.

Recent studies have specifically shown that regular participation in football can improve heart health and self-esteem of school children, can be used as a non-pharmacologigal treatment of hypertension and type 2 diabetes and can counteract the sideeffects of hormone treatment on men with prostate cancer.

The research on Football for Health forms the scientific documentation behind FIFA's ambitious and global health campaign "11 for Health" for school children around the globe. Football and Health will be the theme of the opening session at the WCSF2015 congress.

Open access to articles

Recently 16 original articles were published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports in the special issue, "Football for Health - Prevention and Treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases across the Lifespan through Football". The special issue was supported by Fédération Internationale de Football Association, one of the WCSF2015 partners.

You can find the entire supplement online as open access here: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Volume 24, Suppl. 1, August 2014.