Promoting the health benefits of football
Football’s impact on health and the Danish exercise concept of Football Fitness are key points on the agenda when the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health at the University of Copenhagen hosts the World Congress on Science & Football from 20 May to 23 May.
Football reduces blood pressure to the same extent as blood pressure medicine, while simultaneously increasing muscle mass and strengthening bones. 12 weeks of football training increase maximal oxygen uptake 10-15 % and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by up to 50 %. These effects are part of a message that Danish researchers wish to highlight on an international congress.
- Our research shows that the new Danish exercise concept, Football Fitness, is an effective way to prevent and treat lifestyle diseases of inactive adults, and we are ready to participate in a global promotion of the concept, explains Peter Krustrup, professor in Team Sport and Health at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports.
The University of Copenhagen is the organizer of the WCSF2015 congress, where more than 500 researchers, trainers and sports leaders from all over the world meet in DGI-byen in Copenhagen to discuss the latest research within football, rugby and American, Gaelic and Australian football.
- We are proud that the University of Copenhagen, as host of the world football congress, is a leader within football research. We are also delighted to help communicate very useful knowledge, so that this research can benefit as many as possible both in Denmark and abroad, says Lykke Friis, Prorector of the University of Copenhagen.
Health and learning effects on schoolchildren
Researchers from Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health will use the congress as a platform for highlighting football research on training, testing, match performance, injuries, fan culture as well as football and health, a new theme at this year’s congress.
- Exercise significantly boosts the health of children, their knowledge of health and their learning ability, and at the opening session of the congress we will join national and international sports and health organizations to look at how to best utilize this potential, says Jens Bangsbo, professor and head of Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health.
Among other things, FIFA will outline how Denmark is to play a key role in the development of FIFA’s global health project in schools, ”FIFA 11 for Health”.
At the opening session there will be presentations on football and health by Jesper Møller, President of the Danish FA (DBU), and Jiri Dvorak, head of FIFA’s research unit F-MARC, as well as presentations by researchers Peter Krustrup and Laila Ottesen. In a subsequent panel discussion, sports and health politicians from DIF, DBU, DGI, DFIF, ISCA and WHO will present their visions of the future endeavours in football and health.
The panel members will be available to the press afterwards.
Jens Bangsbo, Professor
Head of Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health
Mobile: +45 2875 1623
Peter Krustrup, Professor of Team Sport and Health
Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health
Mobile: +45 2116 1530
Lykke Friis, Prorector
University of Copenhagen
c/o Tine Skak Pedersen
Mobile: +45 2117 9185
Bo Kousgaard, communications officer
Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health
Mobile: +45 2323 8624
Centre for Team Sport and Health
In the past years, researchers from Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health have established the University of Copenhagen as the global powerhouse for research in the health benefits of participating in team sports such as football.
Multidisciplinary work is carried out to map the physiological, psychological and social effects, and the overall objective of the centre is to significantly improve public health.
The centre was established on the basis of a grant from the Nordea-fonden.
World Congress on Science & Football takes place every four years. It is the first time that the congress is held in the Nordic region and Centre for Team Sport and Health is the organizer on behalf of the University of Copenhagen. 500 researchers, trainers and football leaders from 46 countries participate in the congress.
Jens Bangsbo and Peter Krustrup are the organizers of WCSF2015 and they have just published an editorial and a scientific review article on the health benefits of football training in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, one of the world’s leading sports medicine journals.