Sports Science and physical activities

Program description and purpose

The main aim of the program consists in allowing young students experience a interdisciplinary methodological approach, in order to examine physical therapy as a fundamental tool to reach and maintain an optimal state of health.

The PhD

The methodology carried on in the program can be applied to sports performance or to support and preserve the health of people with a health condition in order to favour a safe and active aging and to promote a healthy lifestyle.


A section of the program is focused on the value of sports activity as a pedagogic tool and on the research to find proper training methodologies aimed to be implemented by sports professionals and make them able to work on the subject components of the human body, the body movement and the sports activity.


The PhD students will enhance competence and knowledge in activities such as motion caption, fitness evaluation, work out and medical therapy outcomes evaluation, by the use of the most cutting-edge technological, clinic and biotechnological tools. Moreover, they will learn specific educational protocols promoting inclusion and aimed to overcome situations of distress through sports and physical activities.

Duration: 3 years
Subjects: Methods and didactics of motor activities, Methods and didactics of sports activities, Biochemistry, Biology, General Pathology, Neurology, Diagnostics for Images, General and Specialist Pediatrics, General and Applied Hygiene, Philosophy of Education.

Professional prospects

There is a wide range of professional prospects in the sports science context, the title of doctor in Sports Sciences will not only marketable in the educational sector but also in the field of physiopathology of movement, of physical activity for the preservation of well-being and the prevention of a large number of pathologies included cancer.

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Moreover, research doctors will be able to find employment in the third sector, for the promotion of individual and collective wellness.


They will have the chance to enter the job market in contexts such as gyms, organizations, public centers engaged in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and in the treatment and prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases.


They will also join the scientific research sector and take part in teams of professionals 

who work for the prevention and the management of high social impact diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cerebral and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, thanks to the acquisition of competence, knowledge and the essential skills to help people have and maintain a good state of health.

Teaching programme

Spring Semester

Morpho-functional adaptations of the cardiovascular system: the athlete’s heart (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Veronica Papa
Vessels, cardiovascular diseases and sports (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Veronica Papa
Geography, sport and sustainability. a challenge for contemporary society (1 CFU) – Prof. Rosario De Iulio
Clinical anatomy – Part I (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Angela Lucariello
Clinical anatomy – Part II (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Angela Lucariello
Mediterranean Diet: a blend of nutraceuticals for the natural improvement of performance part I (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Stefania D’Angelo
Mediterranean Diet: a blend of nutraceuticals for the natural improvement of performance part II (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Stefania D’Angelo
Reflective methodologies for change in professionalism (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Antonia Cunti
Metabolic and inflammatory health: role for regular exercise and nutrition in promoting health and reducing disease severity (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Ersilia Nigro
Advanced recombinant DNA methodologies for the study and molecular diagnosis of mitochondrial disease and applications in the motor and sport fields (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Cristina Mazzaccara
Epigenetics (0,5 CFU) РProf.ssa Rosaria Meccariello
Endocrine disruptors and health: the example of BPA (0,5 CFU) РProf.ssa Rosaria Meccariello
Epidemiology in scientific literature (1 CFU) РProf.ssa Francesca Gallè
Systems biology: metabolic reconstruction and physical activity (1 CFU) – Prof. Mariorosario Masullo
Exercise and cancer Part 1 (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Maria Francesca Orlandella
Exercise and cancer Part 2 (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Giuliana Salvatore
Lectures on Bioethics (2 CFU) – Prof. Emanuele Isidori et al.

Fall semester

Psychological and pedagogical detailed studies (1 CFU)
Didactic, motor and sports detailed studies (1 CFU)
Medical detailed studies (1 CFU)
Biological and biochemical detailed studies (1 CFU)

Writing a research paper: writing style, title and abstract, and introduction (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Rosaria Arcone
Writing a research paper: results, discussion , conclusion , data presentation (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Giuliana Valerio
Writing a research paper: results, discussion , conclusion , data presentation (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Giuliana Valerio
Health and wellbeing (I) (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Marica D’Arienzo
Health and wellbeing (II) (0,5 CFU) – Prof.ssa Marica D’Arienzo


Against gender-based violence and all kinds of violence (1 CFU) – Prof.sse Antonia Cunti e Maria Luisa Iavarone
The ‚Äúcourage of scars‚ÄĚ (1 CFU) – Prof.ri M.L.Iavarone, A. Clemente, C. Maresca, G. Manfredi
Human time & machines times (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Giuliana Valerio
Football as Medicine (1 CFU) – Prof. Krustrupt
Events concerning researchers and professionals training in motor and sport sciences (3 CFU)

Nature Masterclass

Scientific writing and publishing (3 CFU)
Focus on peer review (1 CFU)
Managing research data to unlock its full potential (1 CFU)
Data analysis (1 CFU)
Effective collaboration in research (1 CFU)
Networking for researchers (1 CFU)
Narrative tools for researchers (1 CFU)
Persuasive grant writing (1 CFU)
Advancing your scientific presentations (2 CFU)

Total teaching offer given for each new PhD cycle: 41 CFU.


Program Directors

Prof.ssa CUNTI Antonia



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