Ageing and physical exercise: theory, technique, didactics and organization

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will provide theoretical and practical knowledge in the promotion and conduct of physical exercise in adults and the elderly in good and in ill health.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge and work methodologies specific for the organization and management of physical activity for improving health in adults and the elderly. Topics include diverse forms of exercise, volume and intensity appropriate for age and good or ill health, as well as exercise for specific disorders.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
In-person lectures as well as synchronous distance learning
Course syllabus
- Physical activity, health, and longevity.
- Age and trainability.
- Effects of sedentarism on neuromuscular health.
- Effects of sedentarism on cardiovascular health.
- Effects of sedentarism on metabolic health.
- Training load and its assessment.
- Physical evaluation.
- Theoretical and practical aspects of aerobic physical activity for sedentary adults and elderly: suggestions and contraindications.
- Theoretical and practical aspects of strength training for sedentary adults and elderly: suggestions and contraindications.
- The neuromuscular function during aging.
- Outdoor activities: physical activity for different age-ranges. Suggestions and contraindications.
- Indoor activities: physical activity for different age-ranges. Suggestions and contraindications.
- Flexibility and balance for different age-ranges. Suggestions and contraindications.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of the muscular, cardiopulmonary and vascular physiology.
Knowledge of the muscle, bone, and joint anatomy.
Knowledge of the Biomechanics of the locomotor apparatus.
Knowledge of the Strength and Conditioning procedures.
Teaching methods
Classroom-taught lectures
Teaching Resources
The Lecturers will use scientific papers to explain each topic. Such papers will be uploaded and made available in the Course's website ( Additionally:
- "Essentials of exercise physiology" McArdle, Katch & Katch
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written report (in APA style) that focus on an in-depth study of a topic discussed throughout the course. This assignment is due by the end of the course itself (or before the beginning of the exam sessions). The exam will be marked out of 30 and the student will be evaluated as following:
LITERATURE REVIEW AND ANALYSIS (max 4 points): self-explaining.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS (max 4 points): student's enrolment in the problem formulation, in the ability to understand cultural and technical issues throughout the work and in the ability to find/imagine new solution to solve them.
RELEVANCE TO THE COURSE'S OBJECTIVES (max 4 points): self-explaining.
comprehensiveness (max 4 points): report's quality with respect to the topic context.
CLARITY AND APPROPRIATENESS OF WORDS (max 3 points): self-explaining.
REPORT'S QUALITY (max 3 punti): perceived quality taking into consideration, wherever possible, the state-of-art of the topic.
DEEPENING OF THE TOPIC (max 3 points): background knowledge particularly in relation to the number of publications related to the topic.
QUALITY OF FIGURES, TABLES AND REFERENCES USED (max 3 points): self-explaining.
QUALITY OF THE REPORT'S ORGANIZATION AND STYLE (max 3 points): self-explaining.
M-EDF/02 - SPORT SCIENCES AND METHODOLOGY - University credits: 9
Practicals: 36 hours
Lessons: 36 hours
Professor: Vernillo Gianluca
Appointment by email
Appointment by email