Jens Bangsbo

Jens Bangsbo

Centerleder, professor, Professor

Brief CV

Jens Bangsbo, Dr. Sci, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Universitetsparken 13, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, University of Copenhagen; e-mail:     


ResearcherID: A-7192-2015

Scopus ID: 7006071456


Education and positions

2003-               Professor, Dept. of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen (UC)

2001-2004        Sabbatical; Assistant coach Juventus Football Club       

1996-2001        Associate Professor, August Krogh Institute/Institute of Exercise and Sport Sciences, UC

1991-1995        Assistant professor, August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, UC

1994                 Dr. Sci., Faculty of Natural Science, University of Copenhagen

1988                 Master degree in Mathematics and Physical Education, UC.


Other academic affiliations/duties

Vice Head of Department, Head of Research, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport (2007-2017). Member of the Faculty of Science, Research board (2007-2010; 2012-2017).

High number of occasions member of the evaluation committee for Ph.D., doctoral degree, academic positions and grant applications. Reviewer for numerous journals. Editor of several books. Supervisor for more than 25 Ph.D. students and 7 Post Docs. Organised and taught at more than 20 international Ph.D. courses. Annually invited to give about 15 presentations at international congresses/symposia and a high number of national meetings.


Research focus

Fatigue development and adaptations to exercise training in relation to work capacity and health.



Head of research at the department for more than 10 years.

Leader of “Copenhagen Center for Team Sport and Health”

Co-Pi in Copenhagen Women Studies, funded by UC Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research


International and national collaboration

Currently collaborating with more than ten research groups at various international and national Universities.



Organizer of several national and international congresses and conferences. Written more than 20 books.



Over DKK 80 million received from the Danish Research council, Nordea-fonden, Ministry of Culture and other private funding bodies during the past five years



Peer-reviewed articles: 292; Reviews and book chapters: 61; H-index: 65 (Web of Science); Proceedings: 65; Books: 26.

Original articles 2015-2018

Skovgaard C, Christiansen D, Christensen PM, Almquist NW, Thomassen M, Bangsbo J. (2018).Effect of speed endurance training and reduced training volume on running economy and single muscle fiber adaptations in trained runners. Physiol Rep. [Epub ahead of print].

Christiansen D, Murphy RM, Bangsbo J, Stathis CG, Bishop DJ. (2018). Increased FXYD1 and PGC-1α mRNA after blood flow-restricted running is related to fibre type-specific AMPK signalling and oxidative stress in human muscle. Acta Physiol [Epub ahead of print]

Bertholdt L, Gudiksen A, Stankiewicz T, Villesen I, Tybirk J, van Hall G, Bangsbo J, Plomgaard P, Pilegaard H. (2018).  Impact of training state on fasting-induced regulation of adipose tissue metabolism in humans. J Appl Physiol 124(3):729-740.

Paul DJ, Bangsbo J, Nassis GP. (2017). Recreational football practice attenuates postprandial lipaemia in normal and overweight individuals. Eur J Appl Physiol. 118(2): 261-270.

Wikman JM, Nistrup A, Vorup J, Pedersen MT, Melchor PS, Bangsbo J, Pfister G. (2017). The Effect of Floorball Training on Health Status, Psychological Health and Social Capital in Older Men. AIMS Public Health. 10; 4(4):364-382.

Toennesen LL, Meteran H, Hostrup M, Wium Geiker NR, Jensen CB, Porsbjerg C, Astrup A, Bangsbo J, Parker D, Backer V. (2017). Effects of exercise and diet in nonobese asthma patients-  a randomized controlled trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. [Epub ahead of print].

Brandt N, Dethlefsen MM, Bangsbo J, Pilegaard H (2017). PGC-1α and exercise intensity dependent adaptations in mouse skeletal muscle.  PLoS One. [Epub ahead of print].

Vorup J, Pedersen MT, Brahe LK, Melcher PS, Alstrøm JM, Bangsbo J. (2017). Effect of small-sided team sport training and protein intake on muscle mass, physical function and markers of health in older untrained adults: A randomized trial. PLoS One [Epub ahead of print].

Hostrup M, Onslev J, Jacobson G, Wilson R, Bangsbo J (2017). Chronic beta2 -adrenoceptor agonist treatment alters muscle proteome and functional adaptations induced by high intensity training in young men. J Physiol [Epub ahead of print].

Skovgaard C, Almquist NW, Kvorning T, Christensen PM, Bangsbo J. (2017). Effect of tapering after a period of high-volume sprint interval training on running performance and muscular adaptations in moderately trained runners. J Appl Physiol [Epub ahead of print].

Brandt N, Nielsen L, Buch BT, Gudiksen A, Ringholm S, Hellsten Y, Bangsbo J, Pilegaard H (2017). Impact of β-adrenergic signaling in PGC-1α-mediated adaptations in mouse skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab [Epub ahead of print].

Egelund J, Jørgensen PG, Mandrup CM, Fritz-Hansen T, Stallknecht B, Bangsbo J, Nyberg M, Hellsten Y (2017). Cardiac Adaptations to High-Intensity Aerobic Training in Premenopausal and Recent Postmenopausal Women: The Copenhagen Women Study. J Am Heart Assoc. [Epub ahead of print].

Gudiksen A, Bertholdt L, Stankiewicz T, Tybirk J, Plomgaard P, Bangsbo J, Pilegaard H (2017). Effects of training status on PDH regulation in human skeletal muscle during exercise. Pflugers Arch [Epub ahead of print].

Onslev J, Jacobson G, Narkowicz C, Backer V, Kalsen A, Kreiberg M, Jessen S, Bangsbo J, Hostrup M (2017). Beta2-adrenergic stimulation increases energy expenditure at rest, but not during submaximal exercise in active overweight men. Eur J Appl Physiol [Epub ahead of print].

Pedersen MT, Vorup J, Nistrup A, Wikman JM, Alstrøm JM, Melcher PS, Pfister GU, Bangsbo J (2017). Effect of team sports and resistance training on physical function, quality of life, and motivation in older adults. Scand J Med Sci Sports 8: 852-864.

Larsen MN, Nielsen CM, Ørntoft C, Randers MB, Helge EW, Madsen M, Manniche V, Hansen L, Hansen PR, Bangsbo J, Krustrup P. (2017). Fitness effects of 10-month frequent low-volume ball game training or interval running for 8-10-year-old school children. Biomed Res Int. [Epub ahead of print].

Nyberg M, Egelund J, Mandrup CM, Andersen CB, Hansen KM, Hergel IF, Valbak-Andersen N, Frikke-Schmidt R, Stallknecht B, Bangsbo J, Hellsten Y. (2017). Leg vascular and skeletal muscle mitochondrial adaptations to aerobic high-intensity exercise training are enhanced in the early postmenopausal phase. J Physiol [Epub ahead of print]

Mandrup CM, Egelund J, Nyberg M, Lundberg Slingsby MH, Andersen C, Løgstrup S, Bangsbo J, Suetta C, Stallknecht B, Hellsten Y. (2017). Effects of high-intensity training on cardiovascular risk factors in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Am J Obstet Gynecol [Epub ahead of print]

Seidelin K, Nyberg M, Piil P, Jørgensen NR, Hellsten Y, Bangsbo J. (2017). Adaptations with intermittent exercise training in post- and pre-menopausal women. Med Sci Sports Exerc 49: 96-105.

Hostrup M, Bangsbo J (2017). Limitations in intense exercise performance of athletes - effect of speed endurance training on ion handling and fatigue development. J Physiol 595(9): 2897-2913.

Skovgaard C, Almquist NW, Bangsbo J (2017). Effect of increased and maintained frequency of speed endurance training on performance and muscle adaptations in runners. J Appl Physiol 122: 48-59.

Vorup J, Pedersen MT, Melcher PS, Dreier R, Bangsbo J (2017). Effect of floorball training on blood lipids, body composition, muscle strength, and functional capacity of elderly men. Scand J Med Sci Sports 27(11): 1489-1499.

Nyberg, M., Egelund, J., Mandrup, C.M., Nielsen, M.B., Mogensen, A.S., Stallknecht, B., Bangsbo, J., Hellsten, Y. (2016). Early postmenopausal phase is associated with reduced prostacyclin-induced vasodilation that is reversed by exercise training: The Copenhagen women study. Hypertension 68: 1011-1020.

Hostrup, M., Bangsbo, J. (2016). Improving beta-alanine supplementation strategy to enhance exercise performance in athletes. J Physiol 594: 4701-4702.

Skovgaard, C., Brandt, N., Pilegaard, H., Bangsbo, J. (2016). Combined speed endurance and endurance exercise amplify the exercise-induced PGC-1α and PDK4 mRNA response in trained human muscle. Physiol  Reports 4 (14): e12864.

Brandt, N., Gunnarsson, T.P., Hostrup, M., Tybirk, J., Nybo, L., Pilegaard, H., Bangsbo, J. (2016). Impact of adrenaline and metabolic stress on exercise-induced intracellular signaling and PGC-1α mRNA response in human skeletal muscle Physiol Reports, 4(14), e12844. 

Vorup, J., Tybirk, J., Gunnarsson, T.P., Ravnholt, T., Dalsgaard, S., Bangsbo, J. (2016). Effect of speed endurance and strength training on performance, running economy and muscular adaptations in endurance-trained runners. Eur J Appl Physiol. 116: 1331-1341.

Krustrup, P., Dvorak, J., Bangsbo, J. (2016). Small-sided football in schools and leisure-time sport clubs improves physical fitness, health profile, well-being and learning in children British J Sports Med 50:1166-7.

Larsen, M.N., Nielsen, C.M., Helge, E.W., Madsen, M., Manniche, V., Hansen, L., Hansen, P.R., Bangsbo, J., Krustrup, P. (2016). Positive effects on bone mineralisation and muscular fitness after 10 months of intense school-based physical training for children aged 8-10 years: The FIT FIRST randomised controlled trial. British J Sports Med [Epub ahead of print].

Kalsen, A., Hostrup, M., Backer, V., Bangsbo, J.  (2016).  Effect of formoterol, a long-acting β2-adrenergic agonist, on muscle strength and power output, metabolism, and fatigue during maximal sprinting in men. Am J Physiol 310: R1312-R1321.

Sundstrup, E., Jakobsen, M.D., Andersen, L.L., Andersen, T.R., Randers, M.B., Helge, J.W., Suetta, C., Schmidt, J.F., Bangsbo, J., Krustrup, P., Aagaard, P. (2016). Positive effects of 1-year football and strength training on mechanical muscle function and functional capacity in elderly men. Eur J Appl Physiol 116: 1127-1138.

Baum, O., Torchetti, E., Malik, C., Hoier, B., Walker, M., Walker, P.J., Odriozola, A., Graber, F., Tschanz, S.A., Bangsbo, J., Hoppeler, H., Askew, C.D., Hellsten, Y. (2016). Capillary ultrastructure and mitochondrial volume density in skeletal muscle in relation to reduced exercise capacity of patients with intermittent claudication.  Am. J. Physiol: R943-R951.

Ørntoft, C., Fuller, C.W., Larsen, M.N., Bangsbo, J., Dvorak, J., Krustrup, P. (2016). 'FIFA 11 for Health' for Europe. II: Effect on health markers and physical fitness in Danish school children aged 10-12 years. British J. Sports Med, 50:1394-1399.

Christensen PM, Bangsbo J (2016). Influence of Prior Intense Exercise and Cold Water Immersion in Recovery for Performance and Physiological Response during Subsequent Exercise. Front Physiol28 (7): 269.

Thomassen M, Gunnarsson TP, Christensen PM, Pavlovic D, Shattock MJ, Bangsbo J. (2016). Intensive training and reduced volume increases muscle FXYD1 expression and phosphorylation at rest and during exercise in athletes. Am J Physiol 310(7): R659-669.

Vanhatalo A, Black MI, DiMenna FJ, Blackwell JR, Schmidt JF, Thompson C, Wylie LJ, Mohr M, Bangsbo J, Krustrup P, Jones AM. (2016). The mechanistic bases of the power-time relationship: muscle metabolic responses and relationships to muscle fibre type. J Physiol [Epub ahead of print]

Nyberg M, Fiorenza M, Lund A, Christensen M, Rømer T, Piil P, Hostrup M, Christensen PM, Holbek S, Ravnholt T, Gunnarsson TP, Bangsbo J. (2016). Adaptations to Speed Endurance Training in Highly Trained Soccer Players. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 48: 1355-1364.

Christensen PM, Jacobs RA, Bonne TC, Flück D, Bangsbo J, Lundby C. (2016). A short period of high-intensity interval training improves skeletal muscle mitochondrial function and pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics. J Appl Physiol. 120(11): 1319-1327.

Hansen M, Bangsbo J, Jensen J, Krause-Jensen M, Bibby BM, Sollie O, Hall UA, Madsen K. (2016). Protein intake during training sessions has no effect on performance and recovery during a strenuous training camp for elite cyclists. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 5;13:9. [Epub ahead of print].

Andersen TR, Schmidt JF, Pedersen MT, Krustrup P, Bangsbo J. (2016). The Effects of 52 weeks of soccer or resistance training on body composition and muscle function in +65-year-old healthy males - a randomized controlled rrial. PLoS One 11(2): e0148236.

Walker MA, Hoier B, Walker PJ, Schulze K, Bangsbo J, Hellsten Y, Askew CD. (2016). Vasoactive enzymes and blood flow responses to passive and active exercise in peripheral arterial disease. Atherosclerosis. 246: 98-105.

Kalsen A, Hostrup M, Söderlund K, Karlsson S, Backer V, Bangsbo J. (2016). Inhaled Beta2-agonist Increases Power Output and Glycolysis during Sprinting in Men. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 48(1):39-48

Hostrup M, Kalsen A, Onslev J, Jessen S, Haase C, Habib S, Ørtenblad N, Backer V, Bangsbo J. (2015). Mechanisms underlying enhancements in muscle force and power output during maximal cycle ergometer exercise induced by chronic β2-adrenergic stimulation in men. J Appl Physiol. 119(5): 475-486.

Christensen PM, Gunnarsson TP, Thomassen M, Wilkerson DP, Nielsen JJ, Bangsbo J. (2015). Unchanged content of oxidative enzymes in fast-twitch muscle fibers and V˙O2 kinetics after intensified training in trained cyclists. Physiol Rep 3(7) pii: e12428.

Iaia FM, Fiorenza M, Perri E, Alberti G, Millet GP, Bangsbo J. (2015). The Effect of Two Speed Endurance Training Regimes on Performance of Soccer Players. PLoS One. 10(9): e0138096.

Juel C, Hostrup M, Bangsbo J. (2015). The effect of exercise and beta2-adrenergic stimulation on glutathionylation and function of the Na,K-ATPase in human skeletal muscle. Physiol Rep. 3(8): pii: e12515.

Krustrup P, Bangsbo J. (2015). Recreational football is effective in the treatment of non-communicable diseases. Br J Sports Med. 49(22): 1426-1427.

Bangsbo J, Hansen PR, Dvorak J, Krustrup P. (2015). Recreational football for disease prevention and treatment in untrained men: a narrative review examining cardiovascular health, lipid profile, body composition, muscle strength and functional capacity. Br J Sports Med. 49(9): 568-576.

Gliemann L, Gunnarsson TP, Hellsten Y, Bangsbo J. (2015). 10-20-30 training increases performance and lowers blood pressure and VEGF in runners. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 25(5): 479-489.

Christensen PM, Bangsbo J. (2015). Warm-up strategy and high-intensity endurance performance in trained cyclists. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 10(3): 353-360.

Bangsbo J, Hansen PR, Dvorak J, Krustrup P. (2015). Recreational football for disease prevention and treatment in untrained men: a narrative review examining cardiovascular health, lipid profile, body composition, muscle strength and functional capacity. Br J Sports Med 49(9):568-576.

Hansen M, Bangsbo J, Jensen J, Bibby BM, Madsen K. (2015). Effect of whey protein hydrolysate on performance and recovery of top-class orienteering runners. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 25(2): 97-110.

Alfieri A, Martone D, Randers MB, Labruna G, Mancini A, Nielsen JJ, Bangsbo J, Krustrup P, Buono P. (2015). Effects of long-term football training on the expression profile of genes involved in muscle oxidative metabolism. Mol Cell Probes. 29(1): 43-47.

Schmidt JF, Andersen TR, Andersen LJ, Randers MB, Hornstrup T, Hansen PR, Bangsbo J, Krustrup P. (2015). Cardiovascular function is better in veteran football players than age-matched untrained elderly healthy men. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 25(1): 61-69.

Krustrup P, Bradley PS, Christensen JF, Castagna C, Jackman S, Connolly L, Randers MB, Mohr M, Bangsbo J. (2015). The Yo-Yo IE2 test: physiological response for untrained men versus trained soccer players. Med Sci Sports Exerc.47(1):100-108.

Recent Books

Bangsbo J.  (2017). Nutrition in Football, pp. 1-132. Bangsbosport, Denmark.

Bangsbo J. & Mohr M. (2014). Individual Training in Football, pp. 1-128. Bangsbosport, Denmark.

Bangsbo J & Gunnarsson T (2013). 10 20 30 metoden- verdens bedste og nemmeste løbetræning. Samvirke, Denmark.

Bangsbo J & Andersen J L.(2013). Power Training in Football - Fitness Training in Soccer III pp. 1-120. Bangsbosport, Denmark.

Bangsbo J. (2012). “Exercise and Training Physiology – A Simple Approach“, pp. 1- 190. SISU Sports Books, Sweden

Bangsbo J. & Mohr M. (2011). „Fitness Testing in Football“, pp. 1-136. Bangsbosport, Denmark

Bangsbo J. (2008). “Træningsfysiologi – lærebog for gymnasium”.  Frydenlund, Denmark

Bangsbo J. & Sørensen H. (2008). “Arbejdsfysiologi og anatomi – lærebog for gymnasium”.  Frydenlund, Denmark.

Bangsbo J. (2007). “Fodbold – træning og undervisning”. Frydenlund, Denmark.

Bangsbo J. (2007). ”Aerobic and Anaerobic Training in Soccer - With Special Emphasis on Training of Youth Players. Fitness Training in Soccer I”. pp. 1-231. HO+Storm, Bagsvaerd, Denmark. (Available in eight languages)



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