The Portugal Football School invites you to the 1st International Conference “Football is Medicine”, to be held on January 25th and 26th, 2018.


This scientific conference will bring together expert researchers from around the globe to present and discuss the increasing evidence of recreational football practice as a tool for the prevention and treatment of several non-communicable diseases.


We invite you to join us in the City of Football, headquarters of the Portuguese Football Federation.

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25-26 JAN 2018





Andre Seabra is the Director of the Portugal Football School. He is also Auxiliar Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Sport, University of Porto. Andre obtained a Ph.D. in Sports Science (2007), a first master in High Performance Training (1998) and a second master in Public Health (2004) from University of Porto. For over 15 years, worked as football coach in different professional clubs and age group categories. Andre has been actively involved in two lines of scientific research: talent identification and development in football and epidemiology of physical activity. In 2013, Andre received the sponsorship from UEFA and the Portuguese Football Federation to implement an intervention using football as novel therapeutic approach to prevent childhood obesity.


European Federation of Sport Psychology


Anne-Marie Elbe is the President of FEPSAC (The European Federation of Sport Psychology) and she is currently in transition to a new university. Her previous posts were at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Northumbria University, Newcastle in the UK and at the University of Potsdam, Germany. She received her PhD from the Free University in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and her habilitation (post-doctoral lectureship qualification) from the University of Potsdam in 2005. Her publications and research interests focus on motivational and self-regulatory aspects of athletic performance, doping, health aspects of team sports and the integrative role of sports. She is associate editor for Science and Medicine in Football and on the editorial board of Psychology of Sport and Exercise.


University of Exeter


Craig Williams is an Academic and researcher since 1990 working and studying in Canada (University of Alberta) and Universities of Brighton and Exeter.  Since that time, he have also tried to translate his research findings for the benefits of young patients and athletes, the coaches and medical practitioners and their support teams. His main priority at the moment is to continue the research started in CHERC. Continually looking for exciting collaborative projects which will make a difference to young people's lives whether related to sports/physical activity participation or health initiatives. Specialties: Pediatric exercise physiology, exercise for youth, physical activity and health of youngsters, sports performance and talent development.


VU University Medical Center & Amsterdam Movement Science Research Institute


Evert Verhagen, Ph.D. is a human movement scientist and epidemiologist. He is employed as an associate professor at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the VU University Medical Center and the Amsterdam Movement Science Research Institute. He chairs the department's research theme 'Sports, Lifestyle and Health', is the director of the Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports (one of the 10 IOC research centers, and co-director of the Amsterdam Institute of Sports Sciences (AISS). His research revolves around (1) the prevention of sports and physical activity related injuries (including monitoring, cost effectiveness and implementation issues); and (2) physical activity promotion integrated in everyday life.

George Nassis

Exercise Physiologist, Sports Scientist


George Nassis has more than 10 year experience as sports scientist and performance manager at high level football. His current role focuses on the integration of sports science and sports medicine to optimize athletes' performance and avoid non-contact injuries through proper training. He has served as the lead sports scientist and the head of performance lab at Panathinaikos FC. George has a long research and university teaching experience. He has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of football performance, exercise, nutrition and health and book chapters. George is a fellow of the European College of Sport Science, a senior associate editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and a member of the editorial board for the Science & Medicine in football.

Hugo Vieira pereira

University of Lisbon


Hugo Vieira Pereira is a Researcher and experienced Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Motivation, Fitness Training, Weight Management, Strength & Conditioning. Strong background with certification in Motivational Interviewing, Strength Training from NSCA, and movement quality assessment from MAT, FMS, and Gray Institute (CAFS and 3DMAPS). He is the Author of the book "Become Your Personal Trainer”.

Jakob Schmidt



Jakob Schmidt is a Medical Doctor at the Rigshospitale Copenhagen Denmark. He holds experience in cardiology and is currently finishing his specialist degree in anaesthesiology. Jakob has been a part of Peter Krustrup's research team for many years and responsible for the evaluation of cardiovascular adaptations to recreational football training with the use of advanced echocardiography.

Jacob Uth



Jacob has vast working experience as a physiotherapist in the fields of neurology and oncology. For the past ten years, he has been working on rehabilitation of cancer patients during and after cancer treatment. Jacob is an active researcher, and has been involved with novel approaches such as the FC Prostate Trial and currently the Football Fitness ABC (after breast cancer) Trial. His research focus is on the potential of football to improve the fitness levels of current and former cancer patients, and to counteract negative late effects of cancer treatment, such as osteoporosis.

Magni Mohr

University of the Faroe Islands; University of Gothenburg & University of southern denmark


Magni Mohr is an Associate Professor and Head of Centre of Health Science, University of the Faroe Islands, and the University of Gothenburg. Magni’s main research areas are health effects of sports, human performance, muscle physiology and high-intensity intermittent exercise. His work includes investigations of the cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal effects of team sports compared with other types of physical activity, and its potential as prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases. Magni has worked as a match analyst, fitness coach and scientific consultant for several football teams such as the Danish National team, AC Juventus and Chelsea FC.

Luís B. Sardinha



Luís Sardinha is a Professor at the Faculty of Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, where he is teaching the Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Public Health, and Body Composition and Energy Regulation courses. Currently he is the director of the Exercise and Health Laboratory, coordinator of the research centre from the Faculty of Human Kinetics, the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, coordinator of the Masters of Science programme in Exercise and Health, and president of the department of Sports and Health. Since 2012 he is Board Member of the European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine.


University of Southern Denmark


Morten Randers is an associate professor at University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. He earned his PhD in 2011 from University of Copenhagen with the thesis “Physiological demands, fitness effects and cardiovascular health benefits of recreational football.” He has authored ~50 original research articles in the field of football – fitness and health effects for untrained and recreational players as well as testing and performance enhancement in elite football players. He has worked as a fitness coach in a Danish Premier League club and for the Danish elite referees.

Marlene N. Silva

University of Lisbon & Lusofona University


Marlene Nunes Silva is a Research Associate at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, and guest Professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Lusófona University, Lisbon. She is currently the national coordinator of the European Project European Football Fans in Training (EuroFIT-FP7). In the past she participated in several intervention research projects, linked to lifestyle behavioural change and in the training of exercise and health professionals. She is also board member of the Portuguese National Physical Activity Promotion Program (PNPAF), at the Portuguese Health Ministry (at DGS).

Pedro Teixeira



Pedro Teixeira is a Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics and Directorate-General for Health (DGS). He holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. Recently, Pedro was appointed as the director for the National Physical Activity Promotion Program at the Portuguese Ministry of Health. His main research interests are the study of determinants of physical activity and weight control, and the design and testing of behavior change interventions. He has been an investigator in several NIH and EU projects, including Eurobese, SPOTLIGHT, EuroFIT, and NoHow. He is the Principal Investigator for the Portuguese National Weight Control Registry and is part of the Consortium leading the Portuguese Nutrition and Physical Activity National Survey 2015-16.


University of Southern Denmark


Peter Krustrup is a Professor of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, and Honorary Visiting Professor of Exeter University, UK. Peter’s main research areas are health effects of sports, human performance and muscle physiology. Currently, Peter is continuing his pioneering work on the fitness and health effects of football, and are leading several large-scale intervention studies on “Football for Health”, “Football is Medicine” and “11 for Health”. Peter is an editor for European Journal of Applied Physiology and British Journal of Sports Medicine, and has acted as guest editor for two “Football for Health” special issues in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.





Physical Activity, Exercise and Health





Fernando Gomes

Portuguese FA

Bent Clausen

Danish FA

CHAIR  André Seabra


Exercise is medicine in the centre of translation of observations and mechanisms of action

Luís B. Sardinha

University of Lisbon, Portugal


Football is medicine

Peter Krustrup

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark



CHAIR  Susana Póvoas


Activity demands of recreational football practice

Magni Mohr

University of the Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Southern Denmark, Denmark


Activity profile in recreational  Football fitness

Morten B. Randers

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark


Free time for meetings and networking

CHAIR  João Viana


Musculo-skeletal adaptations to training in children and adults

Craig A. Williams

University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Molecular adaptations to training: implications for health promotion programs

George P. Nassis

Exercise Physiologist, Sports Scientist, Greece



CHAIR  Romeu Mendes


Cardiac adaptations to recreational football training

Jakob Friis Schmidt

University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Football for breast and prostate cancer patients

Jacob Uth

University of Copenhagen,



EuroFIT Tactics: Harnessing the love for football to promote healthy lifestyle community programs

Marlene Silva

University of Lisbon & Lusofona University, Portugal

Hugo Vieira Pereira

University of Lisbon, Portugal



CHAIR  Jorge Mota


Football to tackle overweight in children

André Seabra

Portugal Football School, Portugal & University of Porto, Portugal


Epidemiology and risk assessment on injuries in recreational football

Evert Verhagen

VU University Medical Center & Amsterdam Movement Science Research Institute, Netherlands



CHAIR  Marlene Silva


The importance of motivation for participants in recreational football

Anne-Marie Elbe

European Federation of Sport Psychology, Germany


Football, physical activity, and public health

Pedro Teixeira

University of Lisbon, Portugal; DGS, Portugal


Promoting healthy and active lifestyles: the UEFA perspective

Zoran Bahtijarevic



Closing ceremony









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