Physiopathology and medical techniques applied to adapted physical activity

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
MED/09 MED/33 MED/50
Learning objectives
The course provides knowledge on the conduct and organization of preventive physical activity for maintaining well-being in children and adults. The course will provide knowledge on morphofunctional changes during growth and methods for the diagnosis of abnormal posture. Topics include the application and organization of preventive physical exercise and therapy for maintenance or recovery of well-being in children and adults. Students will acquire knowledge of disorders, compare them by age at onset, and correlate them with appropriate physical activity.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire skills in applying physical activity to prevent the onset of common musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and immune disorders. Students will acquire skills to assist persons with acute or chronic episodes of illness in returning to physical activity compatible with their functional status and motor abilities.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Course syllabus
Blood, iron metabolism, anemia
Changes in the cardiovascular system in the elderly: hypertension, ischemic heart disease
Peripheral obliterative arteriopathy
Changes in the respiratory system in the elderly: obstructive and infectious diseases, respiratory insufficiency
Changes in the digestive system in the elderly: esophageal, gastroduodenal, intestinal, pancreatic, and hepatic disease
Changes in the immune system in the elderly
Elements of neurology:
- Ambulation and erect posture
- Anomalies in ambulation
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's syndrome
- Cerebrovascular disease: stroke
Prevention and treatment with physical exercise
Education for preventing the progression of arthritis throughout the body
Education for return to physical activity following surgery for chronic degenerative disease
Techniques and education for prevention and motor recovery in spinal diseases
Physical exercise program for the recovery of well-being following bone fracture, capsule-ligament or muscle-tendon injury in different joints
Prevention of muscle-tendon disorders
Cardiovascular system: disorders associated with sudden cardiac death, basic life support, acute and chronic heart failure, syncope, heart valve disorders, diagnostic methods
Environmental disorders and physical activity: acclimatization, acute mountain sickness, high-altitude pulmonary edema, high-altitude cerebral edema, frostbite, freezing, sun stroke, heat stroke
Drugs and sports: spread of drug abuse in sports, side effects and complications of drugs and performance-enhancing methods, diagnostics
Elements of functional anatomy of the spine
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures are given held in the lecture hall with the aid of slide projection. Attendance is obligatory.
Teaching Resources
Lecture notes. Slides presented during lectures will be made available. Publications recommended for further reading will be announced during lectures.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be an oral exam.
MED/09 - INTERNAL MEDICINE - University credits: 5
MED/33 - ORTHOPAEDICS - University credits: 3
Practicals: 12 hours
Lessons: 60 hours
Appointments can be arranged by email
Appointments can be arranged by email