Class Atividade Física e Saúde Pública

  • Presentation


    This CU - from the 1st cycle and scientific area of Physical Education and Sport - aims to transmit updated knowledge about the relationship between public health and physical fitness levels, and the risk of disease or injury both in physical activity and health (AFS), and in sports performance (ARD). It is intended that students understand the relationship between: 1) the different levels of physical activity and the development of chronic diseases or all-cause mortality; and 2) the different types of loads of exercise and the risk of sports injury. Both the main recommendations for physical activity levels and the most common injury prevention protocols used in different sports will also be conveyed. This conceptual basis is decisive for the correct planning and embellishment of intervention plans in both physical education, AFS, and, also, ARD scopes.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    The syllabus of this CU are:

    1. Historical perspective of the relationship between physical activity and public health

    1.1 From humors theory to current epidemiology

    2. Main concepts and their relationships

    2.1 Health; risk factor; sedentary lifestyle; physical activity; exercise; and physical fitness

    3. Association between physical activity levels, disease risk and all-cause mortality

    4. Physical fitness components related to health:

    4.1 Cardiorespiratory fitness

    4.2 Musculoskeletal fitness

    4.3 Body composition

    5. Recommendations and Guidelines for Physical Activity for all ages

    5.1 World Health Organization

    5.2 International Society for Physical Activity and Health

    5.3 European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity

    5.4 American College of Sports Medicine

    5.5 National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity

    6. Overtraining syndrome and injury risk

    7. Main sports injury prevention protocols

  • Objectives


    It is intended that students of this CU, develop the following learning objectives:

    1. Ability to characterize the different physical activity levels and their relationship with health, in the different spectrum of physical education, physical activity and sport.

    2. Know the physiological basis of the relationship between physical activity and health;

    3. Understand the dose-response relationship of physical activity and exercise.

    4. Know and apply the main methods of assessing physical activity and external load.

    5. Assess and stratify the risk of illness or injury, in the different populations.

    6. Know the main recommendations for the levels of physical activity and the respective world reference organizations.

    7. Know the current national programs for the promotion of physical activity and the mission of the respective organizations.

    8. Plan, based on scientific evidence, effective interventions in the field of physical activity and health, and injury prevention

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The teaching methodologies (ME) used will be: Expository classes (ME1); Resolution of practical cases (ME2); Viewing and discussing videos (ME3); Bibliographic research (ME4); Analysis of scientific articles (ME5); Small group activities (ME6); and Tutorial guidance (ME7). The pedagogical innovation practices (PIP) aim to develop online activities of: analysis and synthesis of articles or other content/sites with the production of brief presentations (PIP1); the use of tools for creating, memorizing and/or applying the covered syllabus (PIP2).

  • References


    • Kohl III, H., Murray, T., & Salvo, D. (2019). Foundations of physical activity and public health. Human Kinetics Publishers.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition . Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Bouchard, C., Blair, S. N., & Haskell, W. L. (2012). Physical activity and health . Human Kinetics.
    • Dishman, R. K., Heath, G. W., & Lee, I. M. (2012). Physical activity epidemiology . Human Kinetics.
    • Doral, M. N., Tandogan, R. N., Mann, G., & Verdonk, R. (Eds.). (2011). Sports injuries: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation . Springer Science & Business Media.
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