cod. 1002624

Academic year 2023/24
4° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The student will be able to: prescribe physical activity instructions appropriate to main non communicable diseases and disability prevention, and to healthy aging; recommend and prescribe physical exercise suitable to clinical, functional, and social context of his patients as primary and tertiary prevention, care, and rehabilitation.; illustrate the pathophysiological bases and recognize the clinical features of the most common dysmetabolic conditions


Physiology and biochemistry notions

Course unit content

Exercise based interventions for optimal psychophysical grow and best health, fitness, wellness, and quality of life conservation. How physical activity works as central position in health promotion. Key pathophysiologic and clinical elements of the main dysmetabolic conditions (diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemias)

Full programme

Physical exercise induced adjustments and adaptations: positive effects in healthy subjects, and for main non communicable diseases prevention (cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, tumors, aging). Sedentary and well-being diseases. Physical exercise prescription (type, intensity, duration, frequency) for clinical purpose (sport therapy) and how accurately administer it. Pathophysiolocial bases and clinical elements of diet prescriptions. Therapeutic lifestyle changes: theory and practice. Etiology, pathophysiology and clinical features of the most common dysmetabolic conditions (diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemias, hypeuricemia). COVID-19 and Metabolic Disorders.
Thermodynamics of metabolic systems


Fox Bower Foss – Le basi fisiologiche dell’educazione fisica e dello sport. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore.
C Macchi, R Molino Lova, F Cecchi – Attività motoria, fitness e salute nell’adulto e nell’anziano. N Mangiulli Ed.
A Cherubini, R Rossi, U Senin – Attività fisica e invecchiamento. EdiSES.
M Cappa – Endocrinologia dell’esercizio fisico. UTET Ed.
Kumar & Clark's "Clinical Medicine" 10th Edition

Teaching methods

The course may be held through lectures to Students either in the classroom (“in presenza”) or in synchronous-streaming (“in telepresenza”) on the Teams platform. Therefore, the opportunity of Student/Teacher interaction will be preserved both face to face and remotely, by the simultaneous use of the Teams platform.
Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, some of which will be available to students on the Elly platform (

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination or multiple choice question test.
Range of assessment values: 1-30 (30 best)
In case of health emergency or similar situations, the exams will be conducted remotely, as follows:
remote oral questions, through the Teams platform (guide
Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (
Under exceptional circumstances, multiple choice questionnaires may be used via Elly and Teams.
Range of assessment values: 1-30 (30 best)

Other information

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