Attilio Carraro is associate professor since 2006. He teaches “Theory and methodology of human movement” in the 1st cycle degree on Human Movement and Sport Sciences, “Didactic of physical education” in the single cycle degree on Primary School Education Sciences and “Research methods in physical activity” in the 2nd cycle degree on Adapted and Preventive Physical Activity.
His current research focuses on health and exercise, with a particular attention on the relationships between exercise and mental health and on sport pedagogy. Carraro published several papers in international and Italian peer reviewed journals, chapters in international and Italian books, books and recently co-edited with M. Probst an international book on exercise and mental health. He is currently the principal investigator for an international research project funded by the WADA (World Antidoping Agency) and the coordinator of an EIP (European Innovation Partnership) on Active and Healthy Ageing. He is the supervisor of three PhD students at the Pedagogical and Education Sciences doctoral course of the University of Padua.Carraro is in charge of international cooperation programs with African and South American universities and is responsible for Erasmus exchanges in the area of human movement and sport sciences. He is member of the board of directors of the AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education).

Exercise and health (prevention of sedentary behaviours). “Exercise and health” represents one of the research interest of the group, with particular attention to the prevention of sedentary behaviours and motivation to exercise and active living. Investigating correlates and determinants of children, adolescents, and adults’ physical activity such as of clinical population, is of interest to implement strategies against sedentariness.

Exercise and mental health. Psychiatric diseases significantly reduce the quality of life and constitute a problem of great importance in public health. The treatment of these diseases requires a complex, integrated, and multidisciplinary action, combining different forms of intervention. Exercise can be an effective strategy for the promotion of mental health, and the research focuses on effects of exercise in different psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, substance dependence, eating disorders, and psychosis, investigating psychopathological, physical, and emotional effects. Particular focus corresponds to health care staff role, with research carried out in educational intervention.

Sport pedagogy (with a particular focus on motivation and enjoyment in physical activity). Sport pedagogy represents a field of study that include sport and education. Special consideration is given to the investigation of enjoyment as key element of motivation to exercise and consequently of exercise adherence. Effects of different exercise modes determine different affective response and different long term results in exercise participation. Moreover, effective physical education at school, so as adolescence dropout and fair-play, represent fields of inquiry investigating possible determinants and solution strategies.

Five selected publications

Carraro, A., & Gobbi, E.(2012). Effects of an exercise programme on anxiety in adults with intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1221-1226.

Carraro, A., Gobbi, E., Ferri, I., Benvenuti, P., & Zanuso, S. (2014). Enjoyment perception during exercise with aerobic machines. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 119(1), 1-10.

Greguol, M., Gobbi E., & Carraro A. (2014). Physical activity practice, body image and visual impairment: a comparison between Brazilian and Italian children and adolescents. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 21–26.

Probst, M., & Carraro, A. (Eds.) (2014). Physical activity and mental health: a practice oriented approach. Milano: EdiErmes.

Vancampfort, D., Probst, M., Knapen, J. Carraro, A., & De Hert, M. (2012). Associations between sedentary behaviour and metabolic parameters in patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 200, 73-78.

MIUR Italy PRIN (Programs of relevant national interest ) 2011-2013: The determinants of physical activity in children and adolescents: the role of parents and PE teachers’ attitudes and behaviours in the promotion of active healthy lifestyles
Università degli Studi di Padova, Progetti di Ricerca di Ateneo, 2011-2013: Physical activity to promote mental health: a comparison of different strategies
Technogym spa, 2011-2012: Affective response to exercise with different aerobic machines
Coca-Cola Foundation, 2011-2013: Active lifestyles: physical literacy as a way to promote physical activity in inactive groups
WADA, World Antidoping Agency, 2014-2015: One Resource Kit for Teachers