Teaching period: 4th semester

Learning outcomes: Ergophysiology’s purpose is to enable students develop skills to design an exercise, on condition that they have comprehended that:

$1i)          The function of the human body systems is subjected to significant adjustments during physical exercise. These adjustments can be either short term or long term ones,

$1ii)        The functional rehabilitation of the patient, which is achieved with exercise, demands the comprehension of the effects of different types and frequency of the exercise for a safe and effective design based on the fundamental coaching principles,

$1iii)      The design of exercise is customized for every healthy person or a patient and specialized for every goal.

Teaching method:

$1i)          Power Point presentations,

$1ii)        Discussions on clinical applications included in the curriculum.

Week by week schedule: Ergophysiology is summarised in 45 teaching hours, organised in 15 3-hour sessions, in which student attendance is essential.




Introduction to Ergophysiology: Special Features of the Human Organism Function during Physical Exercise - Short Term/Long Term Organic Adjustments to Muscular Exercise


Muscle Contraction Physiology


Types of Muscle Fibres - Special Features


Physical Exercise Energy Sources: ATP, Phosphocreatine, Glucogen/Glucose, Fats, Proteins - Introduction to the Energy Production Mechanisms


Anaerobic Agalactic Mechanism


Anaerobic Glycolysis - Anaerobic Lactic Mechanism


Aerobic Mechanism: Krebs' Cycle, Respiratory Chain


Basic Principles of Exercise: Specialization, Progression, Overload, Inversion


Methods of Exercise: Continuous, Interval


Characteristics of Physical Exercise in order to Strengthen and Improve the Anaerobic Mechanisms of Energy Production


Characteristics of Physical Exercise in order to Improve the Aerobic Mechanism of Energy Production


Mechanisms of Fatigue and Rehabilitation of Physical Abilities


Special Features of Exercise for Special Populations, Special Conditions: Age, Gender, Warm/Cold Environment


Ergophysiological Assessment - Measuring Instruments



Textbooks/reference material:

In English:

$1-          AACVPR (2004). Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Programs-4th Edition Human Kinetics

$1-          AACVPR (2004).Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs-3rd Edition Human Kinetics

$1-          ACSM's exercise management for persons with chronic diseases and disabilities (1997). American College of Sports Medicine, Champaign :Human Kinetics

$1-          American College of Sports Medicine (2010). ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science (American College/Sports Medicine), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

$1-          Abernethy B. (2006). The biophysical foundations of human movement, Champaign: Human Kinetics, c2005 Michael Gleeson.  Immune function in sport and exercise, Edinburgh: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone

$1-          Adams G., Beam W (2010). Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, McGraw-Hill Humanities

$1-          Armstrong N. (2007). Paediatric Exercise Physiology Churchill Livingstone

$1-          Bouchard C., Blair S.N., Haskell W.L., HoffmanJ. (2006). Physical Activity and Health. Norms for Fitness, Performance, And Health (Paperback) Human Kinetics

$1-           Bromley P.D. (2010). Clinical Skills for Exercise Science, Routledge

$1-          Cerny F. (2001). Exercise Physiology for Health Care Professionals Human Kinetics

$1-          Ehrman, J. K., Gordon, P.,  Visich, P.S.,  Keteyian S.J. (2009). Clinical Exercise Physiology‎, Human Kinetics

$1-          Jones D.A. (2004). Skeletal Muscle - A Textbook of Muscle Physiology for Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy Churchill Livingstone

$1-          Larry K.W. (1995). ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription / American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine , Baltimore :Williams & Wilkins

$1-          Maud P.J., Foster C. (2006).Physiological Assessment of Human Fitness (Hardcover).       Human Kinetics 2nd edition

$1-          Reilly T. (2005). Sport Exercise and Environmental Physiology Churchill Livingstone

$1-          Saltin B. (2000). Exercise and Circulation in Health and Disease. Human Kinetics

In Greek:

$1-          Β. Κλεισούρα. Εργοφυσιολογία (ΤόμοςΙ & ΙΙ).Εκδ. Πασχαλίδη (Αθήνα 2004) (Ergophysiology, Vol I & II)

$1-          McArdle, Katch, KatchΕκδ. Φυσιολογία της Άσκησης (Τόμος Ι & ΙΙ).  Πασχαλίδη (Αθήνα 2001) (Physiology of Exercise, Vol I & II)

$1-          Wilmore, Costill. Φυσιολογία της Άσκησης και του Αθλητισμού.  Εκδ. Πασχαλίδη (Αθήνα 2006) (Physiology of Exercise and Sports)

$1-          Φ.Ι. Χανιώτης. Εργοφυσιολογία.Λίτσας (Αθήνα, 2008) (Ergophysiology)

Assessment: Ergophysiology’s assessment takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may

take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. Students have to achieve a result 5 out of 10 or higher to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 2 hours. After passing the subject, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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