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Comment published on 2 July 2014, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 6842-6843.

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 5567-5585; doi:10.3390/ijerph110605567

Community-Based Recreational Football: A Novel Approach to Promote Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Survivors

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The University Hospital Centre for Health Care Research, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Nørre Alle 51, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Department of Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Devon, EX1 2LU, UK
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Copenhagen Prostate Cancer Center, Department of Urology, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Unit of Survivorship, Danish Cancer Society Research Centre, Strandboulevarden 49, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Department of Oncology, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, P.O. Box 2099, 1014 Copenhagen, Denmark
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 10 March 2014 / Revised: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 8 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lifestyle Intervention for Chronic Diseases Prevention)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer survivors; soccer; community; exercise-based rehabilitation cancer survivors; soccer; community; exercise-based rehabilitation
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Bruun, D.M.; Bjerre, E.; Krustrup, P.; Brasso, K.; Johansen, C.; Rørth, M.; Midtgaard, J. 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, 11, 5567-5585.

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