11050 - Sports Physiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Samuele Maria Marcora (Modulo 1) Alessandro Piras (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sciences and Techniques of Sports Activities (cod. 9069)

Learning outcomes

A the end of the course, the student: knows and is able to assess the main muscular, metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise in athletes from various sports and of different performance level (amateur to elite), knows the interactions between hormones and sport performance; knows the long-term morphological, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine adaptations to training; is able to quantitatively assess these responses and interpret them against normative data; knows the influence of age, gender, and environment on the physiological responses to exercise.

Course contents

Bioenergetics in sport

Cardiovascular responses to exercise

Respiratory responses to exercise

Muscular and metabolic adaptations to training

Cardio-respiratory adaptations to training

Endocrine control and hormonal adaptations in sport

Age and gender



One or more of the following textbooks:

Mcardle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL. Fisiologia Applicata allo Sport: Aspetti Energetici, Nutrizionali e Performance (Terza Edizione). Casa Editrice Ambrosiana/Zanichelli, 2018.

Wilmore J and Costill DL. Fisiologia dell'Esercizio Fisico e dello Sport. Calzetti e Mariucci Editori, 2005.

William J. Kraemer, Steven J. Fleck, Michael R. Deschenes. Fisiologia dell'esercizio fisico. Integrare gli aspetti teorici con l'applicazione pratica. Calzetti e Mariucci Editori, 2018.

and scientific articles to be provided during the course

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures

Lab practicals

Discussions of scientific articles

On request, tutorials to be privately arranged with the lecturers

Assessment methods

Oral Examination

Teaching tools

Virtual Learning Environment platform

Laboratories at Record Sport University Centre in Bologna

Office hours

See the website of Samuele Maria Marcora

See the website of Alessandro Piras


Good health and well-being

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