Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders

Name: Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders
Code: DES10233M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

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

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

After this curricular unit students should:
- know the characteristics of the major pathologies related with the central nervous system
- understand the repercussions of the pathologies for the individual health and well being
- know the physiological characteristics of the pathologies and their implications for exercise prescription
- be capable of conducting evaluations of functional fitness and using the results to elaborate individual programs of exercise


1. Introduction to physiology in subjects with problems in the central nervous system
1.1. Introduction and conceptual classifications
1.2. Pathophysiology, treatment phases and major implications on the physical condition
1.3. Indications and contraindications of exercise
2. Prescribed exercise in people with central nervous system disorders
2.1. Brief summary of epidemiological determinants and types of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary)
2.2. Exercise, types of prevention and health models
2.3. Specific implications for labor

Teaching Methods

Theoretical and practical lessons integrate the course. Lectures are plenary and based on scientific knowledge, seeking to enhance research capacity of the students but also their creativity and critical judgments.

Practical classes will be carried out various activities for the application of theoretical concepts of the course, which will result on the definition of working methods with the target population. The practical classes will also be an opportunity to encourage the use of research methods.

It will be important to work through Moodle (lessons, various texts, PowerPoint presentations, websites, etc.). One of the main objectives of the platform moodle is to encourage interaction among participants.

There will be a schedule to meet with the students.

Student work will be guided by specific objectives to be achieved in different contents.

The evaluation will be implemented through work and / or examinations.