The Program established (2012) relies on an Area of ​​Concentration (AC) – Physical Therapy, divided into four Lines of Research (LR). A proposal for a new Area of Concentration was sent to the USP board and further approved (2017). The new Area – Physical Education was divided into two new lines of research. Thus, the program is composed of two areas of concentration (Physical Therapy and Physical Education), with six lines of research:


AC 1 – Physical Therapy


– LP1: Biomechanical analysis and functional intervention in the movement – ​​with 4 professors, 6 research projects (PP), 1 inter-institutional project, and 3 extension projects (Pext)


Prof. Anamaria Siriani de Oliveira

– research project

  • Determination of evaluation parameters and effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in upper limb musculoskeletal dysfunction


Prof. Daniela Cristina Carvalho de Abreu

– research project

  • Physiotherapeutic assessments and interventions in balance and musculoskeletal system


Prof. Debora Bevilacqua-Grossi

– research project

  • Assessment and intervention in chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Kinematics and functional performance of the lower limbs


– interinstitutional project

  • Study of the association of clinical, functional, and neuroimaging aspects in women with migraine


Prof. Thais Cristina Chaves


– research project

  • Biopsychosocial assessment and intervention in chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Measurement properties of assessment tools used in musculoskeletal dysfunction


– LP2: Performance and cardiorespiratory, metabolic, and neuromuscular adaptations to physical therapy – with 2 professors, 4 PP, and 2 Pext:


Prof. Ada Clarice Gastaldi


– research project

  • Respiratory physiotherapy assessment tools
  • Intervention protocols in respiratory physiotherapy


Prof. Hugo Celso Dutra de Souza


– research project

  • Experimental studies of hemodynamic and morphometric cardiovascular adaptations promoted by different pharmacological approaches in association with aerobic exercise 
  • Clinical studies of the effects of physical training on cardiovascular autonomic control in cardiorespiratory and metabolic diseases


– LP3: Instrumentation and validation of physiotherapeutic techniques – with 4 professors, 8 PP, and 5 Pext:


Prof. Cristine Homsi Jorge Ferreira


– research project

  • Functional assessment and physiotherapy in the treatment of pelvic floor muscle disorders in the female life cycle
  • Technological development and validation of tools for evaluating the functions and dysfunctions of the pelvic floor


Prof. Elaine Caldeira de Oliveira Guirro


– research project

  • Physiotherapeutic intervention and assessment of dermatological and metabolic disorders
  • Physiotherapeutic intervention and assessment of urogynecological and oncological disorders


Prof. Marisa de Cássia Fonseca Register


– research project

  • Analysis of gait pattern and functionality in patients with lower limb amputation undergoing prosthesis and rehabilitation
  • Assessment and physiotherapeutic intervention in upper limb disorders


Prof. Rinaldo Roberto de Jesus Guirro


– research project

  • Photo-electro-thermal resources applied in processes related to tissue repair and equipment performance
  • Neuromuscular, stabilometric, and functional performance responses after intervention with electrophysical resources, associated or not with neuromuscular training


– LP4: Motricity, neuromuscular, and neuronal plasticity – with 3 professors, 7 PP, 1 inter-institutional project, and 3 Pext:


Prof. Ana Cláudia Mattiello Sverzut


– research project

  • Physical and functional aspects, biomechanics of gait and indication of auxiliary devices for children and teenagers with neuromuscular diseases


– interinstitutional project

  • Aerobic Capacity, Strength, and Muscle Power of Children and Teenagers with Chronic Diseases – Characterization and Treatment.


Prof. Ana Cláudia Mirândola Barbosa Reis


– research project

  • Functionality of people with hearing impairment and monitoring of the intervention process
  • Relationship between mastering auditory skills and performance of tasks involving language, speech, and neuropsychological functions in children with hearing impairment


Prof. João Eduardo Araújo


– research project

  • Frequency, intensity, length, and specificity of motor stimulation after stroke
  • Clinical and physiological investigation of post-stimulation motor behavior by physiotherapeutic methods and techniques
  • Morphological and behavioral repercussions induced by magnetic stimulation and physical exercise after experimentally induced brain injuries


AC 2 – Physical Education


– LP5: Neuromechanics of human motor performance – with 2 professors, 2 PP, and 2 Pext:


Prof. Paulo Roberto Pereira Santiago


– research project

  • Biomechanical and Computational Aspects for the Analysis of Human Movement


Prof. Renato de Moraes


– research project

  • Perceptual Motor Skills of posture control and adaptive movement


– LP6: Pathophysiological aspects of training and sports performance – with 3 professors, 3 PP and 3 Pext:


Prof. Adelino Sanchez Ramos da Silva


– research project

  • Molecular responses to acute and/or chronic physical exercise in different tissues of rodents and skeletal muscle of human beings with or without chronic degenerative diseases


Prof. Enrico Fuini Puggina


– research project

  • Effects of physical and sports training on molecular, physiological, motor variables and sports performance 


Prof. Marcelo Papoti


– research project

  • Effects of different training models and strategies on physiological, neuromuscular, autonomic, and performance adjustments