Football training as a non-pharmacological treatment of the global aging population: A topical review

Magni Mohr, Ioannis G. Fatouros, Muhammad Asghar, Pasqualina Buono, George P. Nassis, Peter Krustrup

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In the present topical mini-review, the beneficial impact of small-sided game
football training for the increasing elderly global population is presented. As a
multicomponent type of physical activity, football training executed on small
pitched with 4–6 players in each team is targeting a myriad of physiological
systems and causes positive adaptations of relevance for several noncommunicable diseases, of which the incidence increases with advancing age.
There is strong scientific evidence that this type of football training promotes
cardiovascular, metabolic and musculo-skeletal health in elderly individuals.
These positive adaptations can prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes,
sarcopenia and osteoporosis, and lower the risk of falls. Also, football training has
been proven an efficient part of the treatment of several patient groups including
men with prostate cancer and women after breast cancer. Finally, regular football
training has an anti-inflammatory effect and may slow the biological aging.
Overall, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that recreational
football training can promote health in the elderly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Aging
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • soccer
  • exercise training
  • multicomponent training
  • hypertension
  • T2D
  • inflammation
  • antiageing effects on metabolic health
  • cancer


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