University of Zagreb

Faculty of Kinesiology

Physical Activity and Health
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Physical Activity and Health
Code: 123703
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Maroje Sorić
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Danijel Jurakić - Practicum
dr. sc. Petra Jurić - Practicum
Antonio Martinko , mag. cin. - Practicum
Tena Matolić , mag.cin. - Practicum
izv. prof. dr. sc. Maroje Sorić - Practicum

izv. prof. dr. sc. Danijel Jurakić - Lectures
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
2.1.Course objectives
The course has two basic goals. The first goal is to enable students to acquire fundamental theoretical knowledge of influence of physical activity on health and of its role in primary prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases, as well as knowledge of type and intensity, duration and frequency of physical activity necessary for prevention of different chronic diseases (dose-response effect). The second goal of the course is to enable students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of physical activity promotion. Knowledge of components of strategies for physical activity promotion, types of interventions for physical activity promotion and effectiveness of these interventions will be acquired. Finally, through practical examples, practical knowledge necessary for implementation of physical activity promotion in schools, sports clubs, sports-recreation centres, companies (workplace), retirement homes, etc, will be acquired.
2.2. Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course
Completed: Functional Anatomy, Basic Kinesiological Transformations, Physiology of Sport and Exercise, Biological Kinanthropology.
2.3. Learning outcomes at the level of the programme to which the course contributes
Construction of a plan and programme for physical fitness promotion (school, sports-recreation centres, companies (work place), retirement homes, sports clubs, etc.).
Organization of professional work (school, sports-recreation centres, companies (workplace), retirement homes, sports clubs,etc.).
Promotion of physical activity as an important component of healthy lifestyle.
2.4. Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)
Students will be able to:
- understand the role of physical activity in health protection and promotion,
- understand determinants of physical activity in different populations,
- assure requirements for safe and healthy physical exercise,
- apply methods for measurement and assessment of physical activity,
- compose intervention programmes for physical activity promotion,
- work in team in construction of strategies for physical activity promotion.
2.5. Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)
Lectures and exercises
1.Introduction. The relationship between physical activity, components of functional physical fitness and health. (2L)
2.Physiological effects of physical activity on health. (2L)
3.Primary prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases. The role of physical activity in primary prevention. (2L)
4.The relationship between cardiovascular fitness and health risk factors for development of chronic cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. (2L+2E)
5.Requirements for safe and healthy physical exercise and procedures for prevention of possible complications during exercise. (2L+4E)
6.Energy expenditure and its measurement during different physical activities/exercises. Measurement of physical activity level. (2L+4E)
7.Physical activity level in different populations. Prevalence of physical inactivity in the world and in Croatia. (2L)
8.Determinants of physical activity. (2L+2E)
9.Physical activity and quality of life. (2L)
10.Dose-response effect of physical activity in prevention of chronic diseases. (2L+2E)
11.Characteristics of physical activity for the health of children and adolescents. (2L+2E)
12.Tyes of interventions for physical activity promotion. (2L+4E)
13.Physical activity promotion for different populations. (2L+4E)
14.Barriers to physical activity. (2L+2E)
15.Modelling of strategies for physical activity promotion. (2L+4E)
Learning outcomes:
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  2. , 2.Mišigoj-Duraković, M. (2012). Tjelesno vježbanje i zdravlje (2. izdanje - u pripremi). Zagreb: Kineziološki fakultet., , , .
  3. , 1.Mišigoj-Duraković, M. (2003). Značaj tjelesne aktivnosti i sporta za zdravlje, u: Interna medicina, ur. B. Vrhovac i sur, 3.obnovljeno izdanje. Zagreb: Naprijed, 12-14., , , .
  4. , 2.Krznarić Ž., Mišigoj-Duraković M, S.Milutinović . (2008). Način života i zdravlje. u: Vrhovac, D. i sur. (ur.) Interna medicina. Zagreb: Medicinska biblioteka, Naklada Ljevak, 9-16., , , .
  5. , 3.Bouchard, C., Blair, S., Haskell, W. L. (2007). Physical activity and health. Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics., , , .
  6. , 4.Dishman, R. K., Washburn, R. A., Heath, G. W. (2004). Physical activity epidemiology. Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics., , , .
  7. , 5.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Promoting physical activity: A guide for community action. Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics, , , .
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Attended : Basic Kinesiological Transformations I
Attended : Basic Kinesiological Transformations II
Attended : Biological Kinanthropology
Attended : Functional Anatomy
Attended : Physiology of Sport and Exercise
7. semester
Mandatory course - Regular studij - Kinesiology
Consultations schedule:
  • izv. prof. dr. sc. Maroje Sorić:

    upon appointment via e-mail

  • izv. prof. dr. sc. Danijel Jurakić:

    Wednesday 13:30 - 14:30

    Location: 117
  • izv. prof. dr. sc. Maroje Sorić:

    upon appointment via e-mail