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.
Introduction: Football as Medicine
Peter Krustrup and Daniel Parnell
1. Football as medicine against cardiovascular disease
Magni Mohr, Peter Riis Hansen, Felipe Lobelo, Lars Nybo, Zoran Milanovic and Peter Krustrup
2. Football as medicine against type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Maysa de Sousa, João Brito, Magni Mohr, George P. Nassis, Jørn Wulff Helge, Svein Arne Pettersen, Thomas Rostgaard Andersen and Peter Krustrup
3. Football for promotion of bone health across lifespan
Dimitris Vlachopoulos, Craig A. Williams, Eva Wulff Helge, Per Aagaard, Niklas Rye Jørgensen and Peter Krustrup
4. Football as rehabilitation for cancer patients
Jacob Uth, Mikael Rørth, Klaus Brasso, Therese Hornstrup and Peter Krustrup
5. Football as broad-spectrum prevention for children and adolescents, football club activity and school sport interventions
André Seabra, Malte Nejst Larsen, Peter Riis Hansen, Amri Hammami, Jiri Dvorak, Anne-Marie Elbe, Laila Ottesen and Peter Krustrup
6. Football for homeless and socially deprived people
Morten Randers, Amy Mendham, Mette Zebis, Jannick Marschall, Jens Jung Nielsen, Jincheng Xu and Peter Krustrup
7. Football and healthy ageing
Pasqualina Buono, Jesper L Andersen, Christian Werner, Andreina Alfieri, Annamaria Mancini, Stefania Orru’, Marie Hagman, Tim Meyer and Peter Krustrup
8. Motivational aspects of football as medicine
Johan M. Wikman, Knud Ryom, Paulina S. Melby, Peter Elsborg and Anne-Marie Elbe
9. Fitness and health effects of other team sports: "Recreational team sports – the motivational medicine"
Carlo Castagna, Susana Póvoas, Ioannis Fatouras, Fabio Serpiello, Therese Hornstrup and Don Kirkendall
10. Football at the workplace
Svein Barene, Gertrud Pfister and Peter Krustrup
11. The implementation of Football Fitness
Søren Bennike, Laila Ottesen, Kenneth Grønlund Rasmussen, Birgitte Rejkjær Krustrup and Julie Midtgaard
12. Injury prevention in Football: The 11+ Programme
Mario Bizzini, Oliver Faude and Jiri Dvorak
13. Watching Football as medicine: Promoting health at the football stadium
Keith D. Parry, Emma S. George, Jess Richards and Andy Stevens
14. Smartphone fitness apps and football fans: A case study of Fan Fit
Alex Fenton, Anna M. Cooper-Ryan and Cristina Vasilica
15. Football and mental health
Alan Pringle and Tim Carter
16. Tobacco-free Stadia: A case study at the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France
Michael Viggars, Kathryn Curran, and Matthew Philpott
17. A closing comment on the policy and politics of implementing football as medicine: The English context
Daniel Parnell, Søren Bennike, Laila Ottesen and Paul Widdop
The Critical Research in Football book series was launched in 2017 to showcase the inter- and multi-disciplinary breadth of debate relating to 'football'. The series defines 'football' as broader than association football, with research on rugby, Gaelic and gridiron codes also featured. Including monographs, edited collections, short books and textbooks, books in the series are written and/or edited by leading experts in the field whilst consciously also affording space to emerging voices in the area, and are designed to appeal to students, postgraduate students and scholars who are interested in the range of disciplines in which critical research in football connects. The series is published in association with the Football Collective, www.footballcollective.org.uk.