Nutritional Supplements and Doping

Name: Nutritional Supplements and Doping
Code: DES10223M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

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

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

It is intended that students should:
- Know the main effects of doping as well as supplements, in the view of the exercise.
- Understand the mechanisms that underlie the various physiological adaptations that the consumption of doping substances and the various types of supplements may lead.
- Take into account the implications that these same adaptations may influence the exercise prescription.
- Collect and interpret critically relevant scientific information on the topics addressed;
- What acquire the ability to communicate ideas and scientific knowledge, oral and written form, organized in a coherent and logical issues about the scope of this Unit.


1. Food supplements
2. Phosphocreatine, creatinina, protein, L-Carnitina etc.
3. Doping
3.1. Definition
3.2. Types of substances used and their effects
3.3. Doping as a biological or ethical problem?

Teaching Methods

The unit is organized into lectures and tutorials according to the regulation school of the University of Évora. Lectures are plenary and based on the scientific method, emphasizing the search for information, the interpretation of experimental results and a critical and scientific rigor in students.

The assessment includes answering to questions during classes, and the organization and presentation by the students of relevant scientific articles and discussion with the teacher. The evaluation icludes the option for an elaboration and submittion of a manuscript, or an written assessment through a frequency or a final exam.

Despite the work attendance is essential to success in the course, relevance will be also given to working at distance. This will be done primarily through the provision of resources in Moodle (lessons, various texts, PowerPoint presentations, websites, etc.). Student work will be guided by specific objectives to be achieved in different syllabus.

Teaching Staff