Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports

Presentation

The doctorate program allows to take subjects and perform the doctorate research within one of the lines of research that are offered, in accordance with an on-line education model. In this way, the PhD student takes part of an advanced postgraduate study that can adapt to one’s learning pace and working style.

During the program, the PhD student will have the support and advice of teaching staff, tutors and thesis directors who will ease the learning and academic performance in the subjects, research papers, and in the thesis thanks to the new technologies.

The doctorate’s Committee will assign and supervise the study plan that will be appropriate to the training and thesis topic chosen by the PhD student. In addition, this committee will appoint a thesis director that will support and facilitate the studies and the thesis work of the PhD student.

Structure

LENGTH PURPOSE STUDY PLAN
PHASE I, TEACHING: CORE COURSES
18 months Acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to provide solutions that contribute to human development, scientific and technological development of the PhD candidate. Taking on-line subjects related to the research process, as well as its different methodological perspectives.
PHASE II - TEACHING: SPECIALIZATION COURSES
6 months Acquiring specific knowledge from the research area chosen by the PhD candidates, that help them to deepen into their knowledge, and to focus the thesis’ research line. Taking a total of 3 subjects belonging to the specialization chosen by the PhD candidates.
PHASE III, RESEARCH
1 year Helping to define the PhD thesis topic, objectives, hypothesis and methodology, as well as to develop the thesis. Developing research works conducive to the project execution.
PHASE IV, THESIS DEVELOPMENT
1 - 2 years Drafting the PhD thesis. Developing the PhD thesis under the supervision of the Director.

Educational Methodology

The educational model promotes collaboration and cooperation to enhance people’s education. This ensures a process that provides effective results with regard to the educational investment assumed versus the return in knowledge, personal and organizational learning. Nowadays, the educational model consists of many educational and pedagogical innovations that facilitate, strengthen and drive a formative process in a quality learning environment. This includes:

  • Making it easy for students, professors and both groups to be in contact.
  • Fostering cooperation and reciprocity: learning as a collective effort.
  • Considering the student as the center of the learning process in which the student actively participates.
  • Encouraging and promoting the continuous communication and interaction between professors and students.
  • Instilling that the training process implies and requires temporary dedication and continuous effort.
  • Using motivation as a constant stimulus so the student perceives that the expected learning results are achievable.
  • Personalizing the learning, taking into account the differences between students and their different ways of learning.

Diploma

The doctorate student who meets the academic requirements and passes the doctorate thesis’ defense in accordance with the rules of the universities which offer the doctorate program, will get the following diploma:

  • Doctorate in Sport and Exercise from the International Iberoamerican University Mexico.

Study Plan

The doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports is designed to train university teaching staff and professional researchers who are trained to generate scientific knowledge at the highest level, trained to conduct joint research at the physical activity and sports field.

This doctorate program aims at the need for researchers and teaching staff to be able to make that scientific studies are well founded, have their objectives be focused on preventing and solving the main problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle and the lack of exercise affecting the global population. With that in mind, it is necessary to have some knowledge on the area as it is being able to make the community get involved to solve the situation.

Likewise, there is the need to optimize the use of all the tools and advances made in the Sport Sciences field to optimize its use in the sports initiation, physical education, health and sports performance fields.

The doctorate’s teaching phase is based on scientific research of excellence by training the PhD student in acquiring the knowledge that will enrich the learning process, deepening in the different research methodologies, as well as in the lines of research, among which the student will have to choose one.

The PhD in Physical Activity and Sports consists of the following phases:

INTRODUCTION PHASE

During this first period, the objective is that the student learns to use the Virtual Campus and its tools, in addition to receive the information about the academic program and the study dates.

In addition, the contact with the syllabus begins with a series of discussions that are related to the diverse subjects of the general courses associated with the research world.

PHASE I - TEACHING: CORE COURSES
The research process in the Physical activity and Sports field
Research methodology 1. Experimental, nearly-experimental and observational
Research methodology 2. Qualitative and correlational selective
Reviews and metaanalysis
Bases design and data analysis
Guidelines to present and release research works in the Physical activity and Sport area
New technologies applied to physical activity and sport
Psychosocial aspects influencing the research process in the physical activity and sport
Research Seminar I
PHASE II - TEACHING: ELECTIVE MODULE (THE PHD CANDIDATE STUDIES THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN CHOSEN)
MODULE 1: SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE
Analysis of the sports performance
High performance physiology physical training
Planning and periodization models in sports training
Research Seminar II
MODULE 2: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PRESCRPITION FOR A GOOD HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Physical activity quantifying methods and the measurement of their effects on health
Epigenetics and physical activity
Quantifying and prescribing doing exercise to special population groups
Research Seminar II
MODULE 3: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITION AND ERGOENIC AIDS
Anthropometric and nutritional assessment in the athlete
Nutrigenomics for health and sports
Ergogenic aids, doping substances and Genetic doping in sports
Research Seminar II
MODULE 4: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS INITIATION
Physical activity and sports initiation didactics New approaches and didactic resources
Diversity and special needs in the physical activity and sports initiation
Educating in values from Physical Activity and sports
Research Seminar II
MODULE 5: PREVENTION AND READAPTATION OF INJURIES
Biomechanical factors in sports injuries
Prescribing doing exercise as a means for prevention and sports readptation planning
Research in sports injuries
Research Seminar II
MODULE 6: WATER ACTIVITIES AND SAFETY
New trends and innovation in water activities
Safety while making a physical activity and sports
Efficacy in the professional lifeguard’s intervention
Research Seminar II
PHASE III - RESEARCH
Research Work I
Research Work II
PhD Thesis’ Proposal
PHASE IV - THESIS DEVELOPMENT
Development of the Thesis
Dissertation Thesis

Lines of Research

PHD IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS LINES OF RESEARCH:
SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE
Variables determining the performance in individual and team sports.
New technologies to control sports performance.
Training in individual and team sports.
Load control and evaluation.
Conditional abilities for the performance in team sports.
Training methodology.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PRESCRPITION FOR A GOOD HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Physical activity quantifying methods and the measurement of their effects on health
New trends for a healthy physical activity.
Kineanthropometric assessment, physical activity and energy expenditure.
Prescribing healthy physical activity adapted to the population group.
Epigenetics and physical activity
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITION AND ERGOENIC AIDS
Assessing the athlete’s nutritional status.
Nutrigenomics applied to the sports and healthy nutrition.
Ergogenic aids and performance.
Nutrition, feeding and sports performance.
Hydration, physical activity and performance.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS INITIATION
New approaches and didactic resources in Physical Activity.
Intervention strategies in Physical activity and sports initiation
Cooperative Methodology and education in values in Physical Activity.
Intervention strategies in Physical activity and sports initiation
PREVENTION AND READAPTATION OF INJURIES
Pathology, physiopathology and mechanism of injury.
Functional assessment, postural hygiene and association with the sports injuries.
Design of protocols to prevent sports injuries.
Design of protocols in the readaptation of sports injuries.
WATER ACTIVITIES AND SAFETY
New trends and innovation in water activities.
Water activities to improve the health status.
Innovation in equipment and materials in water activities.
Safety in the sports and water spaces.
Preventive strategies as a safety element in water spaces.
Techniques and rescue materials for intervention in water spaces.
Lifeguard, environment and efficacy in the rescue.

Direction

  • PhD. Maurizio Battino PhD in Research, Università degli studi di Catania (Italy). PhD Honoris Causa, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" in Bucharest (Romania). Teaching at the Università degli Studi di Ancona (Italy).
  • PhD. María Martín García. PhD in Sports Science, University of Castilla La Mancha (Spain). Teacher at the International Iberoamerican University.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • PhD. María Martín García. PhD in Sports Science, University of Castilla La Mancha (Spain). Teacher at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • PhD. Antonio Jesús Bores Cerezal. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Vigo (Spain). Director of the Undergraduate in Sport and Exercise, European University of the Atlantic (Spain).
  • PhD. Marcos Mecías Calvo. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Vigo (Spain). Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, Spain.
  • PhD. Mireia Peláez Puente. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, Spain.
  • PhD. David Casamichana Gómez. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, University of the Basque Country (Spain). Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, Spain.
  • PhD. Andrea Corrales Pardo. PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria (Spain). Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, Spain.
  • PhD. Susana Martínez Flórez. PhD in Biology, University of Leon, (Spain). Teacher at the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • PhD. Maurizio Antonio Battino. PhD in Research, Università degli studi di Catania (Italy). PhD Honoris Causa, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" in Bucharest (Romania). Teaching at the Università degli Studi di Ancona (Italy).
  • PhD. Mercedes Montserrat Echeto. PhD. in Quality, Safety and Food Technology, University of Zaragoza (Spain). Coordinator of the PhD in Nutrition at the International Iberoamerican University and Teacher at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • PhD. Joaquín Dosil Díaz. PhD in Pharmacy, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, (Spain). Teaching at the University of Vigo (Spain).
  • PhD. Isabel Martorell Mariné. PhD in Biomedicine, Rovira i Virgili University (Spain). Teaching at the PhD in Nutrition, International Iberoamerican University.
  • PhD. Sofía Guillén Asín. PhD. in Quality, Safety and Food Technology, University of Zaragoza (Spain). Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, Spain.
  • PhD. Mercedes Briones Urbano. International PhD in Nutrition, University of Granada, (Spain). Teacher at the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • PhD. María del Pilar Milke García. PhD in Internal Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • PhD. Jorge Luis Chávez Servín. PhD in Drugs, Food and Health, University of Barcelona.
  • PhD. Carlota Díez Rico. PhD in Research in Intra and Extra-hospital health, Alfonso X el Sabio University (Spain).
  • PhD. Jana María Gallardo Pérez. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, Technical University of Madrid (Spain).
  • PhD. Juan José Salinero Martín. PhD in Sports Performance, University of Castilla La Mancha (Spain).
  • PhD. Raquel Pedrero Chamizo. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, Technical University of Madrid (Spain).

Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) has created the following program: “Doctorate Scholarships” aimed at people with an excellent academic record. Other foundations, institutions and universities have joined this program. This PhD scholarship program is aimed at university teaching staff, with the objective of contributing to an increase in the percentage of PhDs in universities. It is also aimed at professionals from the business and public administration world, in order to contribute to the R+D departments and to generate innovation.