Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Pharmacology and cardiology applied to physical activity - FARMACOLOGIA DELLE ATTIVITÀ MOTORIE E SPORTIVE

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cristiano Chiamulera
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I SEMESTRE dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 25, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

To teach students the basics of pharmacology important for the understanding of the risks and benefits associated with the use of drugs and substances. The course examines the mechanisms of action, effects, pharmacokinetics and adverse reactions of drugs with particular reference to some of the most commonly used classes in motor and sports environments. Thus, the student will acquire the capacity of critical appraisal about substance use issues in order to become an educational and cultural reference person.


1. General pharmacology
1.1. Pharmacodynamics
Drug interaction receptor, pharmacological potency, pharmacological effects, clinical effectiveness, competition and antagonism.
The receptor: definition, mechanisms of action, adaptation.
1.2. Pharmacokinetics
Absorption and the different routes of drug administration.
Distribution and blood levels.
Metabolism: induction, inhibition, drug interactions.
Concepts and pharmacokinetic parameters: dosage, maximum dose, daily dose, dosage,
clearance, half-life, peak blood, therapeutic range, toxic concentrations.
2. Pharmacotherapy
Definitions of drug, placebo, medicinal product, packaging, pharmaceutical formulations.
Critical issues related to the use of drugs: tolerance, interactions, compliance, self prescription.

3. Therapeutic Pharmacology
Anti-inflammatory drugs.
Corticosteroids and derivatives.
Respiratory drugs.
Fundamentals of drug addiction.
Autonomic nervous system drugs
Anabolic steroids
Insulin, growth hormone, other hormones
Erythropoietin and blood doping
Growth factors and their use as muscle doping
Supplements adopted for sport

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Taglialatela Conforti Cuzzolin Leone Mattioli Moretti Pignataro Vanzetta Farmacologia per le lauree triennali e magistrali II Edizione (Edizione 2) Sorbona 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is written in the form of a test with multiple choice answers of which only one is correct. The questions are carefully formulated so as to ascertain the critical learning of the concepts. There are no differences in exam methods between attending and non-attending students. The result of the test corresponds to the final grade.

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