Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Neuromuscular Diseases

Name: Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Neuromuscular Diseases
Code: DES10235M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

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

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

- know the main physiological implications of neuromuscular diseases.
- identify key components of functional fitness and realize its importance in improving the quality of life of these patients.
- understand the physiological implications and limitations specific to a subject suffering from this disease and its implications for exercise prescription.
- apply functional assessment protocols and use that information in developing individual programs of exercise.
- control the effects of intervention programs to the level of physiological variables, but also perceptual-cognitive skills.
- take into account the implications that the application of different types of programs is likely to have in the the different components of physical fitness of patients with neuromuscular diseases.
- acquire the ability to communicate ideas and scientific knowledge about the scope of this unit using an organized and technical language.


1. Introduction to physiology in subjects with neuromuscular
1.1. Conceptual introduction and classifications
1.2. Physiopathology, treatment phases and major implications on the physical condition
1.3. Indications and contraindications of exercise
2. Prescribed exercise in people with neuromuscular 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

The unit is organized in T, P classes and tutorials according to the internal regulation of theUE. T are plenary and based on the scientific method, emphasizing the search for information, the interpretation of experimental results and critical and scientific rigor.

In P classes, students must participate actively in the preparation and execution of works, in the discussion with other students of their results, and in the elaboration of individual reports.

The student assessment includes technical questions/activities in the classes, and presentation by the students of relevant scientific articles and their discussion with the teacher. Written evaluation will be carried out through a frequency or a final exam.

Despite the work attendance is essential to the 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.

Teaching Staff