Physical training and conditioning the paralympic athlete

A.Y. 2020/2021
8
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
M-EDF/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the theoretical-scientific and practical-methodological bases for training and motor activity in persons/athletes with a physical disability.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge and skills in: 1) major motor characteristics of physical, sensorial, and intellectual-relational disability; 2) performance models of the main Paralympic sports; 3) designing, conducting, and managing training programs specifically developed for athletes with disability; 4) development of skills that support an adequate educational relationship and communicative competence with persons with a disability and caregivers.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
year
If the emergency phase does not allow the provision of face-to-face teaching style adoption, the lessons will be held in a synchronous mode through the on-line platform Microsoft Teams and they will follow the same timetable as previously assigned.

The didactic material (slides showed during lessons) will be available on Ariel platform. The course program and the didactic material will not change.

The exam will be held in oral form and will be based on three questions regarding the topics covered during the course, using the on line platform Microsoft Teams or, if the pandemic rules will allow, the exam will be in presence in a written form.
The exam will aim to verify student's knowledge and comprehension abilities. It will be also verified the language competency and the exposure skills.
Course syllabus
Knowledge of the major characteristics of physical, sensorial, and intellectual-relational disabilities.
Acquisition of methodological skills specific to the performance model of the main Paralympic sports
Design, conduct, and management of training protocols specific for athletes with disability.
Development of skills that support an adequate educational relationship and communicative competence with persons with a disability and caregivers.
· Overview of the history and organization of sports for the disabled in Italy and around the world
· The World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
· Analysis of different types of disability
· Analysis of the performance model of the main Paralympic sports
· Evaluation of motor function in athletes with disability
· Design and conduct of training programs for persons with disability on an individual and a collective basis
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge necessary
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons and practical exercieses
Teaching Resources
References:

Senarega, Daniela. 2015. Attività motorio-sportive e disabilità. Scienze tecniche dello sport nella diversabilità. Editore Liberodiscrivere edizioni

Vanlandewijck, Yves C., and Walter R. Thompson. 2016. Training and Coaching the Paralympic Athlete. Blackwell Pub.
Geoffrey, Moore, Durstine Larry J., and Painter Patricia. 2016. ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons With Chronic Diseases and Disabilities 4th Edition. Human Kinetics.

Tom Paulson and Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey. 2018. Applying Strength and Conditioning Practices to Athletes with a Disability. Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning: Sport-Specific Programming for High Performance. Routledge International Handbooks, 1st edition
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam with open questions
M-EDF/02 - SPORT SCIENCES AND METHODOLOGY - University credits: 8
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Cavaggioni Luca
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