Psychophysical benefits of recreational five-a-side football


  • Nicola Christian Severino University of Salerno, Italy
  • Francesco Peluso Cassese University Niccolò Cusano of Roma, Italy
  • Andrea Ceciliani University of Bologna, Italy
  • Francesca D'Elia University of Salerno, Italy
  • Alfredo Pio Di Tore University of Foggia, Italy



Self-perception, Self-evaluation, Health, Wellness


Nowadays, recreational sports activities are focused on health and wellness aspects for a physiological study on the effects of the elite sport due to the spread of recreational sport, especially football. This work addresses the physical benefits originated from recreational five-a-side football and aims at the perceptions about self-evaluation of the physical and the psychological data. It also proposes a questionnaire in a group of young men aged 23 to 29 who played amateur five-a-side football for 8 weeks just 2-3 times a week. The requests basing on the overall research conclusions on the studies performed on recreational football (Kustrup et al., 2010). The most significant results showed that practicing amateur sports activities makes you feel better both physically and psychologically (respectively 87,3% e 93,3% of the answers) and it is less tiring and stressful than playing football agonistically (respectively 80% e 80% of the answers) or practicing strength training or interval running training. Furthermore, according to the data complex, it can be potentially satisfactory from the point of the view healthy and well-ness sport that can improve general well-being and it can prevent lethal diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and obesity. In conclusion, it can be affirmed that recreational five-a-side football can produce not only physical benefits, as Kustrup's article shows, but also significant psychological benefits, which makes you feel better and more relaxed.


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Severino, N. C., Cassese, F. P., Ceciliani, A., D’Elia, F., & Di Tore, A. P. (2019). Psychophysical benefits of recreational five-a-side football. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 14(2proc), S206-S214.

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