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Football, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has become a major social phenomenon since the late nineteenth century. Through the social prism of soccer, scholars across the world have tended to understand various aspects of life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: THE ORGANIZATION OF CLUB FOOTBALL IN DENMARK – A CONTEMPORARY PROFILE by Søren Bennike, Rasmus K. Storm, Johan Michael Wikman & Laila S. Ottesen.
In this original review for idrottsforum.org by Dominic Malcolm, Peter Krustrup’s long-awaited summing-up of 17 years of research around the health benefits of football, Football as Medicine: Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion, edited with Daniel Parnell (Routledge), is critically assessed. While commending the basic premise of the book and its trust in football as medicine, he regrets the lack of critical perspectives.
The purpose of the Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology is to collect and disseminate knowledge and experiences between researchers, practitioners, athletes, coaches and others with interest for sport psychology. It is an open access journal published yearly by the Danish Sport Psychological Forum and aims to publish high quality articles within sport and exercise psychology.
The alleged benefits of sports for humans, individually and collectively, is put to the test as regards its health rewards in an edited volume by Daniel Parnell & Peter Krustrup, Sport and Health: Exploring the Current State of Play (Routledge). Katarina Sjögren Forss’ review takes us through the various chapters and eventually concludes with strong recommendations.