FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine: Football Health, Physical Inactivity
The repercussions of physical inactivity world-wide are staggering. We have become a world of physical inactivity which can cause:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Bowel cancer (and other cancers)
- Joint disorders
- Reduced muscle strength
- Reduced immune function
- Mood disorders (depression/anxiety)
- Reduced sense of well-being
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Loss of libido
- Psychological stress
- Social isolation
- Increased public health costs
The use of soccer to help solve this problem has been investigated by FIFA.
- Small sided (4 v 4, 6 v 6) games are best
- 45 – 60 minute sessions two to three times per week
Improvement to blood pressure, VO2max, resting heart rate, lipid profile (cholesterol), body composition, and bone mineral density. It has even been studied as part of a prostate cancer treatment protocol with positive results.
The FIFA for Health Program involves 90 minute sessions split into 45 minute halves.
Football for Health Video
Football for Health Manual
The above information is intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this article are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions.