Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Osteoarticular Diseases

Name: Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Osteoarticular Diseases
Code: DES10236M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

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


Health promotion and exercise prescription in individuals with pathologies of osteoarticular origin

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

-know the main physiological implications of osteoarticular 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 exerc. prescr.
-apply functional assessment protocols and use that information in developing individual prog. of exerc.
-take into account the implications that the application of different types of programs is likely to highlight the different components of physical fitness of patients with osteoarticular diseases.
- acquire the ability to communicate ideas and scientific knowledge, oral and written form, organized in coherent and logical issues about the scope of this Unit.


1. Introduction to physiology in subjects with osteoarticular
1.1. Introduction and conceptual 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 osteoarticular changes
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 regulation of the UE. T 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.

In P classes, students must participate actively in the preparation and execution of work, in group discussions about the activities, and on the elaboration of indivi. reports. These classes are an oportunity for students develop their skills in exerc. prescr. in real situations

The student assessment includes answering to questions 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 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