Exercise Physiology

Name: Exercise Physiology
Code: DES10220M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

It is intended that students:
- Know the major physiological adaptations induced by exercise.
- Understand the mechanisms that underlie the various physiological adaptations that exercise may promote.
- Interpret and consider the implications that these same adaptations may influence the exercise prescription.
- Be capable to collect and interpret critically relevant scientific information on the topics addressed;
-Acquire the ability to communicate ideas and scientific knowledge (in oral and written forms) related with the curricular unit, in an organized and coherent form.


1. Bioenergetics of muscle activity
2. Acute and chronic adaptations to exercise
2.1. Cardio-vascular
2.2. Respiratory
2.3. Hormonal
2.4. Skeletal muscle
2.5. Renal
3. Thermoregulation and metabolic
4. Exercise in different environments

Teaching Methods

The UC is organized into classes T, TP classes and tutorials as Regulation EU school. The lectures are plenary sessions and based on scientific methods, emphasizing the search for information, the interpretation of experimental results and a critical and scientific rigor in students.

In the theoretical practice, students must participate actively in the preparation and execution of the work, the discussion of group activities and reporting of individual work. These lessons will also be an opportunity for students to improve their ability to prescribe exercise in real situations.

The assessment includes questions in class, as well as the organization and presentation by the students of relevant papers and their discussion with the teacher. The written evaluation will be done through frequency or final exam.

Apart from the work face, there will be a working distance primarily through funds made available in Moodle.

Teaching Staff