Football as Medicine: Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Football as Medicine

Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Krustrup, Daniel Parnell


320 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Peter Krustrup is Professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark, Honorary Visiting Professor of Exeter University, UK, and Guest Professor at Shanghai University of Sport, China. His research interests include, fitness and health effects of football and other sports, physical-tactical-technical match analyses, and fatigue, recovery, training and testing in elite football. He is a UEFA Pro-License football coach and Fitness Coach for the Danish Women’s national team. He is also leader of a Football is Medicine group of 225 researchers in more than 20 countries.

Daniel Parnell is Senior Lecturer in Sport Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK. His research interests lie in sport business management and policy and he has a growing interest in examining social and economic networks in sport. Dan is co-Founder and Editor of The Football Collective, a global network of football scholars. He serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Managing Sport and Leisure and is co-editor of the Routledge book series "Critical Research in Football". He also co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management.

About the Series

Critical Research in Football

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,

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine