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

Kinesiology and functional evaluation - FISIOLOGIA DEI SISTEMI MOTORI

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Name of lecturer
Chiara Della Libera
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FISIO VI 1A2S dal Mar 2, 2020 al May 15, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

This course will allow students to achieve the basic knowledge of striate muscle physiology, and of the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the control of movement.


The first part of the course will deal will the cellular membrane properties, the mechanics of muscle contraction and the features of motor units. The second part will take into consideration the control mechanisms of posture and voluntary movement, as well as the influence of basal ganglia and cerebellum on movement control.
- General facts about movement control
- Functional anatomy of scheletal muscle and mechanisms underlying muscle contraction
- The neuromuscular junction: excitation of scheletal muscle
- Properties and classification of motor units
- Spinal mechanisms of motor coordination
- Control of posture and equilibrium
- Control of voluntary movement
- Basal ganglia and movement
- Cerebellum and movement

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Purves, Augustine, Fitzpatrick, Hall, LaMantia e White Neuroscienze (Edizione 4) Zanichelli 2013
Bear, Connors, Paradiso Neuroscienze. Esplorando il cervello (Edizione 4) Edra 2016
Kandel e coll. Principi di Neuroscienze (Edizione 4) Ambrosiana 2015 9788808184450

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam in written form, oral integration on request.

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