RESEARCH METHODS IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Second cycle degree in PREVENTIVE AND ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: ATTILIO CARRARO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: General knowledge on human movement sciences, human physiology and statistics. Students must have adequate knowledge of the English language (the course is held in English).
Examination methods: Practical examination with data collection, data analysis and presentation of the results (both written – conference poster - and oral presentation).
Written test with open and closed questions.
Course unit contents: a) Research methods in PA
- the different phases of research;
- the research settings;
- the different type of research (basic and applied research, primary and secondary research, qualitative and quantitative research);
- bibliographic searching and bibliographic search engines (AIRE, Pubmed, Sport discus);
- national and international scientific associations, and scientific journal in the field of exercise and sport sciences;
- measure, test, assessment;
- defining a research hypothesis;
- the measure process;
- the strategies to analyse data and the statistical approach to quantitative data;
- using the questionnaires in exercise and sport sciences;
- the EUROFIT test battery;
- how to structure a research poster and an oral presentation.


b) Functional evaluation
principles and definitions, anthropometrics and body composition assessment techniques, strength assessment, evaluation of aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, aerobic power assessment, balance and flexibility assessments.