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Centre for Team Sport and Health


Team sports for youth
New active communities at uppe secondary schools.

The active mind
Promotion of function, well-being and health through team sports.

Healthy lifestyle
Treatment and prevention of lifestyle diseases through team sports.

Active lifestyle for the elderly
Increased activity and well-being for senior citizens.

Advise and implementation
Development and implementation of optimum methods for establishing team sports.



Centre for Team Sport and Health is located at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen and is headed by Professor Jens Bangsbo.

The centre has existed since 2012.

Our vision is to create a research center based on world-class research that will be able to provide citizens, companies, municipalities, and sports stakeholders with fundamental and practical knowledge of how public health can be improved by using team sports in a way that is socially engaging and fun."

Centre Director Jens Bangsbo

The centre brings together multidisciplinary expertise in the area of team sports and health under one roof, with experts in research, communication and teaching. Our goal is to develop the most effective and motivational training from a health perspective, to create strategies for training recruitment and retention, and to encourage a physically active lifestyle.

Our ambition is to reach the many citizens who want to be physically active, but cannot currently find activities suited to their needs. We work in close cooperation with local authorities and sports organizations.

To succeed, the Centre for Team Sport and Health must make a significant difference to public health in Denmark by offering attractive and workable training services for municipalities, companies, sports agents and private providers. The results must include major preventive and disease treatment effects.



Research publications

Engdal, S., Hansen, H. F., & Ottesen, L. S., (2023). Mind the gap: building bridges between public sector exercise programmes  and civil society sports associations. An integrative review of the literature. European Journal for Sport and Society. Volume 20, 2023 - Issue 3. https://doi.org/10.1080/16138171.2022.2121320 

Jespersen L, Maes KM, Ardenkjær-Skinnerup N, Roig M, Bjørndal JR, Beck MM, Lundbye-Jensen J., (2023). Acute exercise performed before and after motor practice enhances the positive effects on motor memory consolidation. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2023 Nov:205:107830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2023.107830 

L.B. Nørregaard et al. (2023). Exercise training induces thrombogenic benefits in recent but not late postmenopausal females. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2023 Aug 1;325(2):H346-H361. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00054.2023 

M. T. Pedersen et al., (2022). The effect of 5 years of team sport on elderly males' health and social capital — An interdisciplinary follow-up study. Health Sci Rep. 2022 Aug 8;5(5):e760. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.760 

Winther, H. (2022). Dance Movement Therapy and Dance with elderly people with Dementia.

Frydendal, S., Pedersen, L. K., Ottesen, Laila Susanne & Thing, L. F., (2022). Football Fitness - a figurational study of a new type of leisure football as a meaningful activity for men. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 57, 5, s. 758-776 19 s. https://doi.org/10.1177/10126902211039765 

Pedersen, Mogens Theisen, Nørregaard, Line Boel, Jensen, T. D., Frederiksen, A. S., Ottesen, Laila Susanne & Bangsbo, Jens, (2022). The effect of 5 years of team sport on elderly males' health and social capital - An interdisciplinary follow-up study.
Health Science Reports. 5, 5, 15 s., e760. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.760 

Link to previous research publications published in Centre for Team Sport and Health 2013-2021.

PhD thesis

Jacob Vorup Petersen
Health and physiological adaptations of small-sided team sport games in untrained older adults aged 65-93 years.
6. juni 2017.

Malte Nejst Larsen
Fitness and Health Effects of Frequent Intense Training in 8-10-year-old Danish Children.
11. nov. 2016.

Richard Thomas
Acute Exercise and Motor memory Consolidation.
13. okt. 2016.

Link to PhD thesis published in Danish





The Centre for Team Sport and Health has been established on the basis of a major grant from the Nordea-fonden.



In order to ensure the progress of the Centre’s research activities in general and across disciplines, a steering committee has been established. The responsibility of the Steering Committee is to decide and discuss vital issues concerning finances, staffing, research development, communication with external agents, and the organization of the center’s dissemination strategy.

The Steering Committee includes the Head of Centre, Professor Jens Bangsbo, and Associate Professor Laila Ottesen, who is in charge of the sociological/psychological section. Both are internationally-recognized researchers with proven experience in cooperation with partners outside the academic community as well as within it.

As Head of Centre, Jens Bangsbo is the head of the steering committee.

Head of Centre Professor Jens Bangsbo
Education: Dr.sci. og Phd
Title: Professor at NEXS, UCPH
Phone: +45 35 32 16 23
Mobile: +45 28 75 16 23

Associate professor Laila Ottesen
Education: PhD in European Ethnology
Title: Associate professor at NEXS, UCPH
Phone: +45 35 32 17 41



The Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS)
University of Copenhagen
Nørre Allé 51
DK-2200 Copenhagen N
E-mail: holdspil@nexs.ku.dk