85371 - Sports, Training and Planning of Sport Events

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student acquires knowledge about: - sport classification and performance models; - methodologies and appropriate planning of the training for different kinds of sport and motor activity; - the principles and procedures for planning sport events and evaluate resources, areas, and facilities.

Course contents

The course contents are articulated as follows:

Strength and Conditioning Research

Research methods to investigate physical training to improve health, fitness and sport performance

How to write a literature review (exam preparation)

Training Periodization

Introduction: training principles

Training periodization: historical perspective

Training periodization: scientific perspective

Strength and Power Training

Training for muscle hypertrophy

Training for maximal strength

Training for muscle power

Recent advances in strength training (e.g. blood flow restriction, isometric pre activation, total body vs split routine)

Endurance Training

Theoretical models of endurance performance

Testing and monitoring of endurance athletes

Adaptations to difference endurance training methods

Overtraining in endurance athletes

Laboratory practicals

Practical experience with different functional, psychological and physiological tests (only for students enrolled in 96191 - Advanced Strenght Training and Conditioning for Health and Performance)



Haff, G. G., & Triplett, N. T. (Eds.). (2015). Essentials of strength training and conditioning 4th edition. Human kinetics.


Original research articles and literature reviews will be provided during the course on the platform Virtual Learning Environment

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures

Student debates (viewpoint and and point-counterpoint)

Small group work

On request, tutorials to be privately arranged with the lecturers

Assessment methods

The assessment method for this course is a take-home assignment (literature review on a topic related to sport training chosen by the student) discussed during the oral exam. The literature review has to be submitted a week before the oral exam. More details will be provided during Module 1 (exam preparation).

Teaching tools

Laboratory at the "Centro Sportivo Universitario Record" in Bologna which has equipment for the testing and training of athletes.

Virtual Learning Environment platform which includes announcements and online discussions, scientiffic articles, presentation slides and other teaching material.

Office hours

See the website of Samuele Maria Marcora

See the website of Sandro Bartolomei


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.