65963 - Science and Technique Of Individual Sports

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Simone Ciacci
  • Credits:: 6
  • SSD: M-EDF/02
  • Language: Italian
  • Moduli: Simone Ciacci (Modulo 1) Gabriele Semprini (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: 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

At the end of the course the student - will have in-depth expertise on the physical training for different types of sports; - Knows how to choose and use general and special training exercises, methods and tools to achieve the various objectives of the physical preparation of athletes, including those specific preventive and aimed at the recovery of the injured athlete; - Possesses in-depth expertise on the study performance using scientific methods; - Is able to design and implement a training plan for the youth activities or high-level athletes.

Course contents

Scientific approach to identify the characteristics of the sport performance: the example of the sprinting.
The training of the elite athletes in Athletics: plan training and specific exercises of Sprinting, Hurdling, Throwing, Jumping.
The training of the elite athletes in Individual Sports: the examples of nordic ski and motr sport.
The scientific research applied to individual sports, especially:
- Sprinting in athletics.
- Mountain bike and endurance sports.
- Racket sports (Tennis and Table tennis).
- Sailing sports.
- Ski.
The 3d biomechanical analysis applied on some individual sport.
Use of the performance analysis devices to study the sport movement: theory and laboratory.


PPT presentations.
Scientific articles.

Teaching methods

Laboratory for the use of analysis system devices.
Team work.
Theory lessons.
Educational visits in centers of highly qualified sports.
Panel discussion.

Assessment methods

Written exam and further oral exam for the grade between 18 and 23.

The written test will focus on quiz test (1 correct answer among 4 proposals) or on true / false questionnaires. The score will include 1 point for each correct answer, 0 points for the answer not given and -0.5 for each incorrect answer. If the score is included between 18 and 23, the student must necessarily submit to the oral exam; from the score of 23.5 and above the student will be able to directly verbalize the grade obtained or he can still request an oral exam to raise the written mark.
Practical evaluation. Practical exercises will provide teamwork with an assessment that will result in a grade between -2pt and +2pt (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2), which will be added to the overall evaluation of the exam after the writing and the possible oral. The methods of examination will be explained in detail even during the first lesson of the course and will be published on Virtuale.

Teaching tools

Meeting with elite level athletes and coaches.
Performance analysis devices (BTS, Simi, Optojump, Heart Rate Monitors and GPS, photocells, accelerometers, strength platform)
Database for the scientific research.

Office hours

See the website of Simone Ciacci

See the website of Gabriele Semprini


Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

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