Book review: Football as Medicine. Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion

Author: Gheorghe Dumitru


The fact that sport, generally speaking physical activity, is good for human beings has been a truism for a long time. However, the fact that football itself may represent a really active and potent health promoting instrument is something that has not been frequently claimed, studied and proved. This is why the very recent book from Routledge, – “Football as Medicine. Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion” – rightly draws attention, not only but especially to those interested and involved in sport, as evidently the most affordable factor of individual and public health. A book that has been designed and launched within The Critical Research in Football collection, a quite recent – just from 2017 – book series, which defines “football” as broader than association football and also takes into consideration research on rugby, Gaelic and gridiron codes.

Key words: physical activity, football, health promotion