Course Syllabus

Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue

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Semester & Location:

Summer Session 1 2022 - DIS Copenhagen

Type & Credits:

Elective Course - 3 credits

Major Disciplines:

Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science


One year of biology and chemistry at the university level

Faculty Member:

Alessandro Pellegrini

Program Director:

Susana Dietrich 

Time & Place:

Meetings times: please consult the syllabus

Location: V10-D14 


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Alessandro Pellegrini

M.Sc. Sciences and Techniques of Football Athletic Preparation, University of Pisa (2021), M.Sc. Human Posture, University of Rome La Sapienza (2019). M.Sc. Sports Science for Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Rome Tor Vergata (2017), M.Sc. Sports Science, University of Rome Tor Vergata (2015). Research Assistant, Mobilize Project Intern, University of Southern Denmark (2020). Performance Analyst - Thesis Project - Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU) (2021). With DIS since 2022.

Course Description

The course covers a general introduction to anatomy, kinesiology, and the biomechanics of human movement. The student will be introduced to analyses of movement in regards to dysfunctions that will increase the risk of injury. The effects of fatigue will be discussed and students will be introduced to training schemes to decrease injury risk.

Throughout the course, there will be case studies where students will have to apply their knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy to determine the most efficient and effective treatments and recoveries in different scenarios. Students will be exposed to such skills as immediate decision-making, consultation, injury evaluation, and communication.

NOTE: There will be a physical component to this course where the students will be expected to run and lift weights.


Expected Learning Outcomes

The objective of the course is to introduce students to sports medicine through a holistic approach that can later be applied in a clinical setting. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the biomechanics during the human movement
  2. Make a quick screening of movement to determine the increased risk of injury
  3. Introduction to kinesiology tests
  4. Gain knowledge of the most common laboratory and on-field performance tests
  5. Make a basic exercise regime to improve performance and prevent injury
  6. Gain a general overview of the most reoccurring muscle injuries in sports

DIS Contacts

Susana Dietrich, Program Director, Science & Health (
Philippa Carey, Program Coordinator, Science & Health (
Science & Health Program Office: Vestergade 7-37


Required Readings

  • E-textbook: McVicar and Clancy: Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners: A Homeostatic Approach, Third Edition (P&A)
  • Physical Textbook: McArdle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL: Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy and Human Performance. 8th edition. (EP)
  • Additional Readings will be placed on Canvas


Approach to Teaching

The course will be taught with a dynamic hands-on approach where the students are expected to participate in an interactive way. Clinical and lab tests will be applied to students by students and instructors.

Not all literature for each lecture will be covered in class. However, it will serve as a foundation for the discussions in class.

In order to excel in this course, you should have a basic understanding of, and feel comfortable with, anatomy and concepts that are typically covered in an introductory anatomy course.


Students will be evaluated based on participation, one exam, two assignments, and a final project.

Test (Block 1)

At the end of block 1 there will be a 30minute to an hour test.

You will be examined mostly on theoretical material.

Tests will consist of a mix of short answer questions and essay questions. 

The test is taken in class.

Assignment I (Block 2)

For Assignment I, you will produce a corrective exercise prescription for a client.

You will be divided into groups of two.

You will work together in these groups and perform screening tests upon each other. Based on your findings in the screening you will provide three corrective exercises in total for each individual in the group.

You will deliver a written description of the exercises.

Written exercise description should include:

  • Illustrations on how to perform it
  • Purpose of the exercises
  • A written description of how to perform the exercise
  • The volume of the exercise (intensity, reps, sets, frequency)
  • A short discussion of why these exercises are chosen over others.

You will be graded individually.

Assignment II (Block 3)

For Assignment II, reflect on what you learned during the field study in regards to human posture and biomechanics and the impact on injuries.

You will be divided into groups of 4

Name 1 thing you took away from the field study, and prepare a presentation (15 min each group).

You will be graded with complete/incomplete.

Final project

As the final project, you will present a full case report. You can pick one of the four cases provided. This report should function as a complete and structured exercise program. It will build upon the assignments you completed during the course.

  • Exercise-program (max 3 pages)
    • create a complete program which counts in findings, physiological needs, and challenges in relations to the injury.
    • Must include: Corrective exercises, strength training, relevant cardio training and neuromuscular training.
    • The exercise program has to be realistic (will my case-person be able to complete).
  • Include a short discussion of why these exercises are chosen over others, with reference to scientific literature. (max 1 page)
  • List of references.



Test (block 1)


Assignments (Block 2 and 3: 15% each)


Final Project




Class participation covers the following areas:

  • Attendance
  • Level of preparation and ability to answer questions asked in class
  • Involvement in class and group discussions


Laptops in Class

You may use your laptop for note‐taking or fact‐checking. Usage not related to the class or our subject is unacceptable. We will rely on your integrity and your respect for our objectives. If you are using your laptop for reasons not related to class, your class participation grade will be reduced significantly and you will be asked not to bring your laptop.

A good learning environment requires as little disturbance as possible, and that everyone is present, prepared, and participating. Out of respect for both faculty and fellow students, we expect you to be ready when the class starts and to participate in the full duration of the class without leaving the classroom. Restroom visits and other errands are to be completed before and after class


Academic Regulations  

Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on: 


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