Physiology, metabolic and biomolecular functions of physical exercise

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
66
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/09 BIO/12 MED/13
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course consists of frontal lectures, seminar activities, and small group workshops. Through a multidisciplinary approach the course provides knowledge on the body's response and adaptation to exercise. Topics include the physiology of muscle exercise at the competitive and the recreational level, as well as exercise-related adaptive mechanisms in the cardiac, respiratory, and energy systems. Particular focus is directed to the factors limiting maximum aerobic performance (ventilatory, diffusion, convection, peripheral) and to the metabolic and endocrinological aspects of sports. Another area of focus is analytical biochemical/molecular methods to monitor and optimize training results.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge in physiological, cardiovascular, hormonal, metabolic, and molecular response to exercise and high-intensity exercise. Students will also acquire skills in the use of biochemical/molecular biomarkers for optimizing the effects of training.
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
year
Course syllabus
Objectives
Topics include the physiology of muscle exercise at the competitive and the recreational level, as well as exercise-related adaptive mechanisms in the cardiac, respiratory, and energy systems. Particular focus is directed to the factors limiting maximum aerobic performance (ventilatory, diffusion, convection, peripheral) and to the metabolic and endocrinological aspects of sports. Another area of focus is analytical biochemical/molecular methods to monitor and optimize training results.
Expected outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge in physiological, cardiovascular, hormonal, metabolic, and molecular response to exercise and high-intensity exercise. Students will also acquire skills in the use of biochemical/molecular biomarkers for optimizing the effects of training.
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of the anatomical and physiological aspects of neuro-endocrine-muscular systems. Effective use of Italian.
Teaching methods
The course consists of frontal lectures, seminar activities, and small group workshops. Through a multidisciplinary approach the course provides knowledge on the body's response and adaptation to exercise.
Bibliography
Bibliography

Scientific articles and slides will be provided whenever needed.

Suggested books

Autori vari. Fisiologia dell'uomo. Edi Ermes.
McArdle, Katch, Katch. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).
ACSM's Resource manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription - Fifth edition 2006.
Assessement methods and criteria
Exam procedure
Oral, written, written with multiple choice questions.
BIO/09 - PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 0
BIO/12 - CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - University credits: 0
MED/13 - ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM - University credits: 0
Practicals: 24 hours
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
by appointment
LITA (Segrate)
Reception:
By appointment
Via Antonio Kramer 4/A - 20129 Milano or Via Giuseppe Colombo 71, (Building #2) - 20133 Milano