It is beyond dispute that physical activity is good for us, but what are the benefits, challenges and impacts of sport on health? This is the first book to focus on football in the context of health from individual, public and population-level perspectives.

Football as Medicine examines the effects of football training on the three main types of fitness (cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal) and on specific target populations (for example, children, type 2 diabetes patients, cancer patients, people with mental health conditions, the socially deprived and older people). It discusses the significance of football for public health and assesses the efficacy of football interventions by clubs and community sport development programs.

With its multi-disciplinary approach, this is a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners working in physical activity and health, public health, health promotion and medicine, as well as football and sport business management, sport and exercise science, and the sociology of sport.

chapter |7 pages


Football as Medicine
ByPeter Krustrup, Daniel Parnell

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Football as Medicine against cardiovascular disease

ByMagni Mohr, Peter Riis Hansen, Felipe Lobelo, Lars Nybo, Zoran Milanović, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

Football as Medicine against type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome

ByMaysa Vieira de Sousa, João Brito, Magni Mohr, George P. Nassis, Jørn Wulff Helge, Svein Arne Pettersen, Thomas Rostgaard Andersen, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

Football for promotion of bone health across the lifespan

ByDimitris Vlachopoulos, Craig A. Williams, Eva Wulff Helge, Per Aagaard, Niklas Rye Jørgensen, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 4|8 pages

Football as rehabilitation for cancer patients

ByJacob Uth, Mikael Rørth, Klaus Brasso, Therese Hornstrup, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Football as broad-spectrum prevention for children and youth – in club and school settings

ByAndré Seabra, Malte Nejst Larsen, Peter Riis Hansen, Amri Hammami, Jiri Dvorak, Anne-Marie Elbe, Laila Ottesen, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Football for homeless and socially deprived people

ByMorten B. Randers, Amy Mendham, Mette K. Zebis, Jannick Marschall, Jens Jung Nielsen, Jincheng Xu, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Football and healthy ageing

ByPasqualina Buono, Jesper L. Andersen, Andreina Alfieri, Annamaria Mancini, Stefania Orrù, Marie Hagman, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Motivational aspects of Football as Medicine

ByJohan M. Wikman, Knud Ryom, Paulina S. Melby, Peter Elsborg, Anne-Marie Elbe

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Fitness and health effects of other team sports

‘Recreational team sports – the motivational medicine’
ByCarlo Castagna, Susana Póvoas, Ioannis Fatouros, Fabio Serpiello, Therese Hornstrup, Don Kirkendall

chapter Chapter 10|28 pages

Football at the workplace

BySvein Barene, Gertrud Pfister, Peter Krustrup

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

The implementation of Football Fitness

BySøren Bennike, Laila Ottesen, Kenneth Grønlund Rasmussen, Birgitte Rejkjær Krustrup, Julie Midtgaard

chapter Chapter 12|10 pages

Injury prevention in football

The 11+ programme
ByMario Bizzini, Oliver Faude, Jiri Dvorak

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Watching Football as Medicine

Promoting health at the football stadium
ByKeith D. Parry, Emma S. George, Jess Richards, Andy Stevens

chapter Chapter 14|12 pages

Smartphone fitness apps and football fans

A case study of Fan Fit
ByAlex Fenton, Anna M. Cooper-Ryan, Cristina M. Vasilica

chapter Chapter 15|16 pages

Football and mental health

ByAlan Pringle, Tim Carter

chapter Chapter 16|19 pages

Tobacco-free stadia

A case study at the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France
ByMichael Viggars, Kathryn Curran, Matthew Philpott

chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

A closing comment on the policy and politics of implementing Football as Medicine

The English context
ByDaniel Parnell, Søren Bennike, Laila Ottesen, Paul Widdop