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Didactic period
Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

To know the theoretical bases of functional evaluation.
To learn the most common methods of functional performance assessment.
To be able to choose the appropriate methods depending on the population under study.
To be able to perform the most common functional tests.


Knowledge of basics of human functional anatomy, physics, applied exercise biochemistry and physiology. Knowledge of the energy sources for muscular exercise and of the fundamental elements of exercise physiology.

Course programme

General explanations and exam instructions. Quick test on previous knowledge. Scientific terminology.
Measurement and evaluation in human performance. The concept of "outcome". Questionnaires and scales. Choice of the testing methods for the different classes of subjects under study.
The tests. Validity and reliability. Standardization of instructions and safety conditions. Clinical and Physiological testing. Laboratory versus field tests. Criteria for test protocols. Exercise test mode.
The tests for the functional evaluation of athletes: the anaerobic power and capacity, the aerobic power and maximal oxygen consumption, the anaerobic threshold. Isometric, isotonic and isokinetic tests for muscular strength. Flexibility assessment.
The tests for the functional evaluation of sedentary and healthy elderly persons. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility.
The tests for the assessment of the health-related physical fitness in chronic diseases and fragility: cardiovascular endurance, mobility, balance, muscular strength, flexibility.
The test for the assessment of physical performance in children and adolescents.
General review. Quick test on acquired knowledge. Exam instructions and simulation

Didactic methods

Learning assessment procedures

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