Exercise and Neuromuscular Diseases

Course Information
TitleΆσκηση και νευρομυϊκές παθήσεις / Exercise and Neuromuscular Diseases
FacultyPhysical Education and Sport Science
SchoolPhysical Education and Sport Science (Serres)
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID260000605

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physical Education and Sports Science in Serres (2014)

Registered students: 19
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSTheoretical ElectiveWinter/Spring-3

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Required Courses
  • ΓΕ3200 Physiology
  • ΓΚ3300 Biomechanics
Learning Outcomes
In this course the student gains basic knowledge about diseases that influence the function of the neuromuscular system and how exercise can promote health for the respective patients. The neuromuscular diseases included in the course are the stroke, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, training methods such as mental training, aquatic therapy, therapeutic riding, and electrical stimulation are presented, as well as methods to improve sensory input. The goal of the class is to understand the etiology of each disease and learn how to improve functional movements through exercise. Thank to the nature of the diseases, the student is guided on how to collaborate with other disciplines (neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists), in order to develop and apply safe and beneficial exercise programs. Furthermore, the presentation of novice and original methods, gives the perspective to the student to apply innovative exercise programs in persons with neuromuscular diseases. The theoretical background of the course is linked to practice by presenting specific exercise programs and giving the student the necessary tools to create his/her own programs. After a successful graduation the student will be able to: • know the basics of the pathophysiology of the neuromuscular diseases• • organize and apply exercise programs adapted to populations with neuromuscular diseases • adapt the exercise programs to the requirements of each individual. • cooperate with other disciplines (medical doctors, physical therapists, nurses etc.) with ultimate goal to facilitate the health of the patient.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Introduction on the function of the neuromuscular system 2. Examples of deviations in neuromuscular functions 3. General principles of exercise for neuromuscular diseases 4. Motor cortex dysfunctions (stroke, brain injuries, cerebral palsy) 5. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease 6. Multiple sclerosis 7. Mental training 8. Functional electrical stimulation 9. Spasticity 10. Aquatic therapy 11. Quiz discussion – Q & A 12. Presentation and discussion of the group assignment Ι 13. Presentation and discussion of the group assignment ΙI
neuromuscular disorders, exercise, stroke, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, functional electrical stimulation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Presentation software via projector Software for analyzing the electromyographic signal Use of ICT during the educational process in the laboratory (Use of specialized software and instruments) E-learning Email
Course Organization
Reading Assigment220.8
Interactive Teaching in Information Center40.2
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
I. Written exams (60%) including: - multiple choice questions, - short answer questions, - problem solving II. Preparation and presentation of group assignment (25%) III. 3 Quizzes throughout the semester (15%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αντιμετώπιση των κινητικών διαταραχών στα παιδιά με εγκεφαλική παράλυση, Scrutton D., Damiano D., Mayston M., 2009, Εκδόσεις: Επιστημονικές Εκδόσεις ΠΑΡΙΣΙΑΝΟΥ Α.Ε., ISBN: 978-960-394-601-4, Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο: 41767 Πρακτικές θεραπευτικές ασκήσεις, Hollis M., Fletcher-Cook P., 2005, Εκδόσεις: Επιστημονικές Εκδόσεις ΠΑΡΙΣΙΑΝΟΥ Α.Ε., ISBN: 960-394-311-8, Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο: 42022 Τετραπληγία και παραπληγία, Bromley B., Εκδόσεις: Επιστημονικές Εκδόσεις ΠΑΡΙΣΙΑΝΟΥ Α.Ε., ISBN: 978-960-394-779-0, Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο: 12531748 Νευροεπιστήμη και συμπεριφορά, Kandel E.R., Schwartz J.H., Jessell T.M., Εκδόσεις: ΙΤΕ-ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΑΚΕΣ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ, ISBN: 978-960-524-075-2, Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο: 467
Additional bibliography for study
Relevant scientific journals: - Neuromuscular Disorders - Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease - Muscle & Nerve - Journal of Neurology - Journal of Neurophysiology - Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
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