Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (to qualify as a physiotherapist) (Rovereto)

Kinesiology and functional evaluation - FISIOLOGIA DEI SISTEMI MOTORI

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Name of lecturer
Mario Rosario Buffelli
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FISIO ROV 1A2S dal Mar 5, 2020 al Jun 5, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide to the students the knowledge to understand the physiology of striated skeletal


• Biophysics of Membrane: resting membrane potential, postsynaptic potentials and action potential. •Synapses: electrical and chemical. Neuromuscular synapse and excitatory and inhibitory synapses of the central nervous system. •Skeletal muscle: structure of sarcomere, cross-bridge cycle, excitation-contraction coupling, isometric and isotonic contraction, frequency-voltage and length-tension relationships. • Motor neurons and motor unit: order of recruitment of motor neurons and functional properties of the various motor units. • Effects of physical exercise, of muscle denervation and cross muscle reinnervation on the contractile and histochemical properties of fast and slow muscles. • Effects of chronic electrical stimulation of innervated and denervated muscles. • Hierarchical levels of motor control: reflex, posture, automatic, volunteers and volunteers automated movements. • Locomotion and posture. • Role of the cerebellum and basal ganglia in motor control. • Movement volunteer: the primary motor cortex and premotor cortices.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Belfiore et al. Fisiologia umana - Fondamenti edi-ermes 2018 9788870516494
Purves D. Augustine GJ, Fitzpatrick D, Hall WC, LaMantia AS, White LE Neuroscienze (Edizione 4) Zanichelli 2013 9788808179289

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam: the exam will focus on the topics of the frontal lessons and will evaluate the knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the motor control.

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