Community-based recreational football: a novel approach to promote physical activity and quality of life in prostate cancer survivors

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 May 26;11(6):5567-85. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110605567.


As the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, there is an increasing focus on management of the long-term consequences of cancer including health promotion and prevention of co-morbidity. Prostate cancer is the most frequent type of cancer type in men and causes increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Epidemiological evidence points to a positive effect of regular physical activity on all-cause and prostate cancer mortality and current clinical evidence supports the use of exercise in cancer rehabilitation. However, the external validity of existing exercise studies is limited and the majority of prostate cancer survivors remain sedentary. Hence, novel approaches to evaluate and promote physical activity are warranted. This paper presents the rationale behind the delivery and evaluation of community-based recreational football offered in existing football clubs under the Danish Football Association to promote quality of life and physical activity adherence in prostate cancer survivors. The RE-AIM framework will be applied to evaluate the impact of the intervention including outcomes both at the individual and organizational level. By introducing community-based sport environments, the study offers a novel approach in the strive towards sustained physical activity adherence and accessibility in prostate cancer survivors.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Denmark
  • Exercise*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prostatic Neoplasms* / physiopathology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms* / psychology
  • Quality of Life*
  • Soccer*
  • Survivors*