Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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First Semester
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Course description

Knowledge and understanding The student should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues related to the practice of motor and sport activities in relation to the different phases of growth, psychomotor and pubertal development as well as the principles of safe training in healthy children or children with chronic diseases.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding The student should be able to apply pediatric knowledge in sports and school contexts, to recognize the signs of a harmonious growth and development process, and to identify signs of discomfort linked to different growth patterns, presence of chronic disease or maltreatment, abuse or victimization, in a family, sports or school setting. He/she must be able to draw interdisciplinary projects aimed at promoting physical activity and sports in pediatric age.
Autonomy of judgment The student should be able to deepen his/her own knowledge of himself/herself, in a critical manner and by integrating knowledge from other disciplines, in order to reach an ever-wider autonomy of judgment.
Communicative Skills The student should acquire the ability to explain in a simple way, but with a correct scientific language, the knowledge learned, with particular regard to the promotion of healthy lifestyles based on physical activities and sports.
Learning Ability: Students should be able to update themselves on a continuous and autonomous basis through consultation of scientific texts and online libraries. The student will be stimulated to discuss in the classroom scientific articles from the international literature.


Basic knowledge of Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, Statistics.


Growth, maturation and development
Longitudinal growth: genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. Stature, body proportions and diameters: methods of measurement and evaluation. Percentiles. The child with growth disorders: medical, motor and psychosocial issues of short and tall stature.

Pubertal development: genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. The child with pubertal disorders: medical, motor and psychosocial implications. Common issues in adolescents: menstrual disorders, gynecomastia, acne, hirsutism.

Growth and maturation of the nervous system: head circumpherence, stages of psychomotor development.

Physical activity and sport in healthy children and adolescents

Physical activity guidelines from preschoolers to adolescents.

Readiness to sports participation. Beneficial effects of physical activity in cardio-metabolic prevention. Guidelines to safe training. Maltreatment and abuse: the phenomenon in the sports setting.
Physical activity and sport in children and adolescents with chronic diseases

Diabetes mellitus, celiac disease, food allergies, cystic fibrosis and asthma: medical, motor and psychosocial issues.

The course is divided into 3 blocks
Growth, maturation and development Block 1 27 hrs
Topic 1 Topic 1 Age, growth and development . Stature and body proportions
Topic 2 Anthropometry in the sports setting
Topic 3 Tall and short stature: issues for teacher and coaches
Topic 4 Pubertal development .
Topic 5 delayed and precocious puberty and motor capacities
Topic 6 Growth and development of the nervous system, Psychomotor, cognitive and social development

Physical activity and sport in healthy children and adolescents block 2, 15 hours

Topic 1 Physical activity guidelines. Health related fitness
Topic 2 Readiness to sports participation. Topic 3 Health and wellbeing in athlete youth, windows for training
Topic 4 Health and wellbeing in athlete youth. Guidelines to safe training.
Topic 5 Maltreatment, abuse and bullying in the sports setting.

Physical activity and sport in children and adolescents with chronic diseases Block 3, 9 hours
Physical education and sports training in children and adolescents with chronic diseases Block 3,9 hours
Topic 1 Diabetes mellitus
Topic 2 celiac disease
Topic 3 allergic diseases
Topic 4 epilepsia

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods traditional lessons
comments to relevant scientific papers
discussion about simulated cases, personal experinece on the field; individual and group work, student presentations, teaching videos


Handouts and selections of scientific papers by the teacher.

Oxford Textbook of Children's Sport and Exercise Medicine Edited by Neil Armstrong and Willem van Mechelen, third edition

Learning assessment

Learning Verification Mode
Oral testing to ensure the acquisition of the knowledge and skills covered by the study, 2) ability to re-elaborate them, with interdisciplinary links, 3) ability to apply them in sports and school settings, 4)
ability to design interdisciplinary projects to promote physical activity.
In particular, the first part will focus on issues related to normal or pathological growth, and psychomotor development also in relation to sports participation, the second to the recommendations for a safe physical activity and sports participation in healthy children and adolescents and the third about the medical, motor and psychosocial issues of the main chronic diseases in children.
The evaluation of the test takes into account the completeness and accuracy of the talk, as well as the clarity in the presentation.
To pass the test, you need to acquire at least a score of 18 out of 30.

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