Course code UPM126
Course title EXERCISE IS MEDICINE: from theory to practice
Institution Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Course address Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (INEF), Martin Fierro 7, 28040
City Madrid
Minimum year of study 2nd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words PHYSICAL EXERCISE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, CHRONIC DISEASE,

HEALTH, LIFESTYLE.
Language ENGLISH
Professor responsible Prof. Dr. MARCELA GONZÁLEZ GROSS
Telephone 913364039 / 913364134
Fax
Email marcela.gonzalez.gross@upm.es / s.calonge@upm.es
Participating professors SERGIO CALONGE PASCUAL, RAFAEL SANCHEZ DE TORRES-
PERALTA, ENRIQUE NAVARRO CABELLO, JAVIER BUTRAGUEÑO
REVENGA.
Number of places Minimum: 5, Maximum: 30, Reserved for local students: 1
Objectives
  • To present the Exercise is Medicine ® world initiative.
  •  To introduce current assessment of physical activity, physical fitness, sedentary behavior and other health-related aspects.
  • To provide tools for self-management of a physical activity programme according to WHO recommendations.
  •  To focus on opportunities of research and business for engineers and biosciences professionals on this area.
  •  To provide the opportunity to become a health-promoter at the workplace as suggested by WHO.
  • To create a broad awareness of the benefits that physical activity offers for health and treatment.
Programme to be followed Monday, 19th of March: (from 15:00 to 21:00h):

Theory (2h. 30 min.):
 Exercise is Medicine ® initiative worldwide.
 The benefits of physical exercise and better physical
fitness for health.
 Cardio-respiratory diseases.
Laboratory (2h.):
 Physiology lab: Exercise ergoespirometry (VO 2max ) for
healthy subjects.
 Maximal Wingate test.

Technical Visit (1h. 30 min.):
 Gymnastic museum, INEF-UPM.
 Forum discussion: Where do we come from? Where are
we?

Tuesday, 20th of March: (from 15:00 to 21:00h):
Theory (2h. 30 min.):
 Level of physical activity and sedentary behavior in
Europe.
 Physical fitness of the population of Europe.
 Endocrine, immune and digestive diseases.
 Body composition assessment.
 Nutrition assessment and recommendations.

Laboratory (1h. 30 min.) :
 Body composition by bioimpedance analysis (TANITA
Corp, BC-418MA, Tokio, Japan) and DEXA.
Practice (2h.):
 Physical activity levels by International Physical Activity
Questionnaire (short version IPAQ) as a standard vital
sign.
 Use of the Food Pyramid.

Wednesday, 21st of March: (from 15:00 to 21:00h):
Theory (1h.):
 Physical fitness assessment.
 Skeletal muscle and bone diseases.
Laboratory (3h.):
 Biomechanics lab: assessment of human movement
during exercise. High Velocity Cameras, Plantar pressure
sensors and laser guided movement measures.
Practice (2h.):
 Physical fitness assessment: Tools out of lab.

Thursday, 22nd of March: (from 15:00 to 21:00h):
Theory (2h 30min.):
 WHO physical activity recommendations.
 Physical exercise training theory.

 Nervous system diseases.
Practice (2h.):
 Creation of a basic physical exercise programme carrying
out WHO physical activity recommendations.
 Forum discussion: what can we do?
 Proposal of project designs.

Laboratory (1h. 30min.):
 Sport techniques analysis lab: Image analysis.

Friday, 23th of March: (from 15:00 to 21:00h):
Theory (2h.):
 How to became a health-promoter at the workplace as
suggested by WHO.
 Healthy habits: physical activity and nutrition.
 Physical activity adherence.

Practice (2h. 30min.):
 Design of proposals of cooperation.
 Presentation of proposals for project designs.
 Forum discussion: Where do we go to?

Technical Visit (1h. 30 min.):
 Consejo Superior de Deportes.
Prerequisites To know a minimum level of English or Spanish to learn the theory

and laboratory practices.
Course exam Evaluation of project/cooperation proposal.
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