PhD defence - Jakob Friis Schmidt

Jakob Friis Schmidt is defending his PhD thesis

Cardiovascular adaptations to recreational football training in men with type 2 diabetes, untrained elderly men and in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy

Time

7 November 2014 kl. 14:00

Venue 

Auditorium 1, August Krogh Building, Universitetsparken 13, DK-2100 Copenhagen

Opponents

Professor Erik A. Richter (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor dr.med. Tim Meyer, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany

Dr.med. consultant Charlotte Björk Ingul, Institut for sirkulasjon og bildediagnostikk, Norway

Supervisors

Professor Jens Bangsbo, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Senior consultant Peter Riis Hansen, Gentofte Hospital, Denmark

Senior consultant Lars Juel Andersen, Roskilde Hospital, Denmark

Associate professor Peter Krustrup, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

About the thesis

Numerous people in the general population are not suffuciently physically active and the use of new exercise training modalities which could promote physically active lifestyles are important. The present PhD thesis includes studies , which investigated the effect of recreational football training in middle-aged men with type 2 diabetes, 65-75-year-old untrained men, men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy and the effect of life-long participation in football training in veteran football players.

The primary purpose was to evaluate the structure and function of the heart by ultrasound (echocardiography) and  in three studies football training was shown to have marked positive effects on the heart function. In addition cardiorespiratory fitness, blood pressure, resting heart rate and peripheral microvascular function was evaluated and in men with type 2 diabetes, elderly untrained men and in veteran football players encouraging results were observed.

In conclusion, the present PhD thesis revealed that football training is a feasible alternative exercise training modality, which is associated with improved cardiovascular health in the examined populations.

2014, 120 pages, ISBN 978 87 7611 801 3