PhD defence - Thomas Rostgaard Andersen

Thomas Rostgaard Andersen is defending his PhD thesis

Recreational Football in Veteran Football Players, Untrained Old Men and Men with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Activity Profile, Physiological Response, and Effects of a Life-long Physically Active Lifestyle and Supervised Training


25 January 2016, 13:00


Aud. 1, August Krogh Building,
Universitetsparken 13
DK-2100 Copenhagen


Professor Anne Raben (chair), Professor, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Paul Greenhaff, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Karolinska Instituttet, Stockholm, Sweden


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

About the thesis

The use of recreational football as a health promoting activity has been widely studied over the last decade.

The present thesis investigated the acute and long-term training response to football or strength training in healthy untrained 65-75-yr old men, respectively, as well as to football training in middle-aged men with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and in 65-75-yr old veteran football players.

The thesis showed that veteran players with life-long football experience had a favourable body composition, as well as a well-developed muscle function and performance profile compared to their inactive peers, and that football may be an attractive high-intensity training method to improve body composition, muscle function, physical performance in untrained old men and in men with T2DM.

2016, 138 pages, ISBN 978 87 9177 162 0