– 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.
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