Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports

Program Presentation

Both nutrition and the physical activity are the pillars for the general population to stay healthy. The benefits have been supported by many researches that evidence that an adequate nutritional status and exercising influence diverse metabolic and physiologic processes, consequently improvement the individual’s quality of life.

As well, ensuring the energy and nutritional requirements of the athlete during training, competition, the recovery and the rest period are key to improve the athlete’s performance as they are in preventing injuries. Currently, athletes acknowledge the nutrition's highlighted role, so they keep adequate food habits, adapted to their sports discipline.

For that reason, and due to this group of population’s increasing interest on taking care of an optimal health status (people who exercise themselves and athletes), as well as the addition of nutrition, exercise and sports in programs made by governments and institutions to promote a good health status, the need for the population to have available highly skilled health professionals and trained in nutrition, physical activity and sports is justified.

In this regard, the Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports for health professionals who wish to have a career in the nutrition field, physical activity and sports, through a high-level academic program, with two clear divisions: physical activity and nutrition to promote a good health status, and nutrition and sports for the performance.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed training methodology together with the design’s clarity, extension and didactic makes that the Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports is aimed at professionals who are interested in physical activity and nutrition towards the promotion fo a god health status, nutrition and sports for performance.

The Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports is aimed at:

  • People holding a Nutrition Degree wishing to improve their professional performance specializing in nutrition aimed at people who exercise themselves and athletes.
  • People holding other degrees related to the Health Sciences Degrees who wish to deep into nutrition in the physical activity and sports field.
  • People holding a Degree in Physical Activity Sciences and Sports who are interested in completing their training in nutrition, sports and physical activity.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

Estimated time for the completion of the Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports is 2 years.

Regarding time distribution:

  • Since it is an online program, it does not have a specific starting date, so that the student can register at any time, provided that there is enough place.
  • The maximum time available to complete this Program is 24 months. During this period of time, the student must have passed all the pertinent evaluation tasks.

The credits distribution of the Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports is stated as follows:

  ECTS CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Module 1: Research and methodology 10 2 100
Module 2: Physical Activity and Nutrition to promote health 25 6 250
Module 3: Nutrition and Sports for the performance 45 12 450
Module 4: Master’s Degree Final Project 12 4 120
TOTAL 92 24 920

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the University that issues the Diploma. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 10 + 15 hours. If students attending the program are enrolled in a university not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relationship between credits and hours may vary.
b. Length in months


Note: Before starting this master’s degree, Module 0 is introduced: Prerequisites, made up by the subject “Healthy nutrition”. Students who lack of enough training in nutrition will have to take it.

Objectives

General Objective

  • Training specialists with a multi-discipline profile in the main knowledge areas related to the physical activity and nutrition to promote a good health, nutrition and sports for the performance.

Specific Objectives

  • Assessing the nutrition, exercise and sports’ importance to keep a good health status.
  • Assessing the physical activities and nutrition’s role as means for prevention and therapy in prevailing conditions.
  • Estimating the nutrition's relevance in the sports performance, prevention of injuries and the athlete’s health status.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities of the program in Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports are:

  • Nutritional assessment in health institutions (health care centers, hospitals, etc).
  • Nutritional assessment in high performance centers, fitness/wellness centers, sports clubs and centers.
  • Health agent in public and private entities that promote health.
  • Teacher in formal and non-formal education programs aimed at health professionals, chronically -ill patient associations, schools, civic centers, sports centers, etc.
  • Researchers at research centers related to nutrition, physical activity and sports.
  • Counselor in the Research and Development Marketing or Quality department in companies from the food, nutrition and sports sectors.

Note: Professional practice is subject to each country’s legislations.

Study Plan

Before starting this Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports, Module 0 is introduced: Prerrequisites, made up by the subject “Healthy nutrition”. Students who lack of enough training in nutrition will have to take it.

The Master in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sports is made up by the following modules:

  • MODULE 1: RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY (100 HOURS)

This module determines the essential aspects of the scientific method’s techniques and phases, the research process, the statistical process for the research process and the final report’s development.

The corresponding subjects and credits of the program are shown in the following table:

MODULE 1: RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY
# SUBJECTS CREDITS
1 Scientific Research Methods 5
2 Biostatistics 5
TOTAL 10
  • MODULE 2: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION TO PROMOTE HEALTH (250 HOURS)

This module deepens in the importance of having a healthy nutrition and doing exercise to take care of and promote the individuals’ health status at different physiological and pathological situations.

The corresponding subjects and credits of the program are shown in the following table:

  • MODULE 3: NUTRITION AND SPORTS FOR THE PERFORMANCE (450 HOURS)

This module contextualizes the adequate nutrition for the sports performance, the prevention of injuries and the athlete’s care.

The corresponding subjects and credits of the program are shown in the following table:

  • MODULE 4: MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT (120 CREDITS)

The Master’s Degree Final Project must be professional and related to the work environment to which the studied program is attached.

The student must develop the Master’s Degree Final Project according the Final Project Guidelines.

The corresponding credits of the module are shown in the following table:

MODULE 4: MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT
# FINAL PROJECT CREDITS
1 Final Project 12
TOTAL 12

Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Description of the Subjects

MODULE 1: RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY

  1. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

    The subject presents the research process’ stages and its techniques, with the aim of that the student can get a closer look on the scientific method to be able to use it in order to contribute with some work to the applicable working field.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Epistemological aspects of the scientific research. Scientific research process. How to start an investigation? Project: starting point. Construction of the theoretical framework. Design of the methodological strategy. Research report. Research as an information source in the relationship between psychosocial factors and habits in physical activity.

  2. BIOSTATISTICS

    This subject presents the statistical tools, the most adequate descriptive statistic techniques depending on the study’s typology in the health field.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Descriptive statistics. Frequency distribution. Descriptive statistics. Centralization and dispersion measures. Descriptive statistics. Relationship between two variables. Relationship between three variables. Stratified analysis. Confusion and interaction. Proportions and probability. Bayes Theorem. Probability distributions: binomial, Poisson and normal. Statistical inference with a proportion. Normal distribution and central limit theorem. Statistical inference with an average. Statistical inference with two averages. Statistical inference with two proportions. Sample size for estimation. Case-control design. Contingency tables. Variance analysis. Linear regression. The Bayesian Inference. Statistical power of a research and sample size for tests.

MODULE 2: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION TO PROMOTE HEALTH

  1. PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR HEALTH

    This subject studies the influence of the social and psychological aspect in doing physical activity.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Psychological factors related to doing physical activity. The importance of the family in the development of the physical activity. Other social and personal factors influencing the adherence to the physical activity. Physical activity, adherence and health Psychological and social problems. Strategies to prevent quitting and improve health. Motivation in physical activity for health: types and theories. Motivation’s assessment and participation reasons in the physical activity. Self-confidence, self-efficacy and beliefs in doing physical activity. Attitudes and values in the physical activity for the health. Physical activity and health program design and development. Setting health goals through sports and physical activity.

  2. RECOMMENDATIONS ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION FOR HEALTH

    This subject analyzes the benefits and risks associated with the lifestyle that affect health as well as the nutritional and physical activity recommendations aimed at the healthy population.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Benefits and risks associated with the lifestyle. Pre-participation test and risk’s stratification. Assessment of the physical ability. Physical activity problems. Healthy nutrition foundations. Diet planning for healthy populations. Nutritional and physical activity recommendations for healthy populations.

  3. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

    This subject stresses the relevance of a healthy lifestyle as a means for promoting integral health in children and adolescents, highlighting the influence of physical activity and nutrition.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Childhood and adolescence characteristics. Health and quality of life promotion in young population. Healthy physical condition in young people. Physical activity for overweight or obese children. Physical activity at school. Chronic disease and social exclusion risk associated with obesity and physical activity in childhood and youth: from theory to practice.

  4. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY NUTRITION IN ELDERLY PEOPLE

    This subject estimates the benefits of the healthy lifestyle in elderly people, highlighting the influence of physical activity and nutrition.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Physiological, psychological and social aspects of aging. Health exam and pre-participation to an exercise program. Assessment of the physical ability. Assessment of the physical activity level. Flexibility, strength and aerobic endurance training. Nutrition, food and health in elderly people. Aging, illness and physical activity.

  5. PHYSICAL AND NUTRITION FOR HEALTH IN DIFFERENT CONDITIONS

    This subject deepens in the preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on diverse high prevalence conditions.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on overweight and obesity. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on cardiovascular conditions. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on AHT. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on respiratory conditions. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on diabetes mellitus. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on cancer. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on osteoporosis. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on rheumatic diseases. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on osteoarthritis. Preventive and therapeutic role of the physical activity and nutrition on osteoarthritis.

MODULE 3: NUTRITION AND SPORTS FOR THE PERFORMANCE

  1. KINESIOLOGY

    This subject describes the physiological and biomechanical principles in physical activity and sports.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Concept and evolution of the exercises’ systematic. Movement’s and physical exercises’ classification. Kinesiology and generalities of the mechanic analysis and physical exercise. Superior trunk. Spinal column. Inferior trunk. Mechanical analysis of the physical exercise.

  2. ATHLETE’S FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT

    This subject analyzes the applicability of the functional assessment of the sports performance.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Concept and importance of the athlete’s functional assessment. Analysis of the questionnaires and tests for the functional assessment based on the scientific evidence. Determination of the athlete’s physical status and implementation of the rests in relation to the sports modality and seasonal moment. Athlete’s functional assessment and its importance in the prevention of injuries.

  3. ATHLETE’S NUTRITIONAL STATUS ASSESSMENT

    This subject distinguishes the tools to determine the nutritional intake and the anthropometric and body assessment action protocols.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Determination of the athlete’s nutritional intake. Anthropometric techniques and body assessment. Analysis of the relevant biochemical parameters and biological markers for the athlete’s health.

  4. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

    This subject studies the psychological factors that are present in the participation and sports performance, the exercise and other types of physical activity.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Introduction to sports psychology and its uses in the sports field. Sports psychologist description and functions. Applications of the sports psychology according to the sports modality and needs of the adherents. Useful techniques and tools to improve the athlete’s psychological field. Determination of the athlete’s psychological needs along an injury.

  5. BIOMARKERS: ADAPTATION TO EXERCISE, INJURY AND FATIGUE

    This subject presents the physiological mechanisms showed in fatigue, muscle damage and athlete’s injury.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Muscle damage. Oxidative stress and fatigue. Muscle injury markers. Biochemical parameters. Genetic proneness in the athlete. Muscle regeneration.

  6. DETERMINANTS FOR THE PERFORMANCE AND NUTRITION IN DIFFERENT SPORTS DISCIPLINES

    This subject deepens in the action of the energy systems depending on the sports discipline, length, intensity and exercise type, as well as the diet plan adapted to the different sports modalities.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Physiology, energy systems and nutrients in the sports practice. Sports dietetics planning. New trends and nutritional strategies for the sports performance. Mid- and long-distance sports. Swimming. Rowing-related sports. Speed and jumping-related sports. Endurance and launching-related sports. Outdoor team-related sports. Indoor team-related sports. Racket-related sports Gymnastics and aesthetic sports. Combat sports. Pilot sports. Sea sports. Winter sports. Extreme-environment sports.

  7. SPORTS NUTRITION APPLIED TO SPECIFIC GROUPS OF POPULATION

    This study studies the patterns that healthy nutrition adapted to the specific groups of population that is adhered to the physical activity.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Nutrition in athlete children and teenagers. Nutrition in female athletes. Nutrition of veteran athletes. Nutrition in the space. Fasting training. Sports clinical nutrition. Other groups.

  8. ERGOGENIC AIDS, DOPING SUBSTANCES AND GENETIC DOPING IN SPORTS

    This subject presents the ergogenic aids that, with a contrasted scientific evidence, boost the maximum sports performance, as well as the doping substances at an international level and the methods to detect them.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Concept of ergogenic aid and fatigue in sport. Supplements’ classification according to the scientific evidence. Athlete’s hydration. Prescription and periodization of the ergogenic aids according to the sports practice. Doping, doping substances, legislation and detection.

  9. EATING DISORDERS IN SPORT

    This subject present the most frequent food disorders in athletes.

    It consists of the following topics:

    Eating disorders and food intake disorders in sports. Etiopathogenesis. Diagnostic criteria for the food disorders stated in the DSM-V, Eating disorders consequences. Clinic. Preventive actions. Treatment of the eating behavior disorders. Prognosis.

MODULE 4: FINAL PROJECT (FP)

The Final Project must be professional, it must contain a proposal and/or the implementation of an intervention with the aim of responding to the detected needs in a given real professional context, related to the work environment to which the studied program is attached, that is to say, to the physical activity and nutrition for the promotion of health or sports nutrition for performance.

Students must develop their Final Project according to the Final Project Guidelines provided by the institution, which can be used as a guide, especially if they have no experience in developing projects of this kind.

 

Management

Academic Direction

  • PhD. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition area of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and teacher of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.

General Academic Coordination

  • PhD. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • PhD. Priscilla Almeida de Souza. PhD in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte.
  • PhD. Susana Aznar Laín. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science Professor of the Musical, Arts and Body Expression Didactics, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • PhD. Antonio Jesús Bores. PhD in Sport and Exercise Science Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports. Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports in Team Sports. Master’s Degree in High Performance, Physical Conditioning and Strength.
  • Mtr. Susana Cardona Aquino. Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Ramon Llull University. Degree in Psychology, Ramon Llull University.
  • PhD. Alfredo Córdova Martínez. Professor at the University School. Physiology Department, University of Valladolid.
  • PhD. Andrea Corrales. PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria. Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine (University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria). Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and SIPD. Degree in Biology (University of Oviedo) and Undergraduate in Psychology (UNED).
  • PhD. Jorge Crespo. PhD. In Civil Engineering. Expert in Computational Modeling and Simulation.
  • PhD. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. PhD in Education (in process). International Master's Degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics, University of León Master’s Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management from the UNINI. Degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics from the University of León.
  • PhD. Iñaki Elío. PhD in Health and Nutrition Projects. Dietician-Nutricionist. Specialization in Management of Catering and Commercial Catering. Master's Degree in Nutrition and Metabolism.
  • PhD. (c) José Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Associate PhD candidate, University of Extremadura. Professor at the Sports and Health Faculty of the Evora Univeristy, Portugal.
  • Mtr. Esther Huertas Hidalgo. Experimental Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutic Sciences, University of Barcelona. Degree in Food Science and Technology, University of Barcelona. Agricultural Technical Engineer om Agro-Food Industries, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • PhD. Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. PhD in Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of León (Spain). Holder teacher of the Applied Economics Department at the University of Leon.
  • PhD. Enrique Garcés de los Fayos. PhD in Psychology. Professor at the Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment Department, University of Murcia
  • PhD. Javier González Gallego. Biology Professor at the University of León. Director of the Biomedical Sciences Deprtament at the University of León.
  • Mtr. Sandra Gervilla Barbero. Master’s Degree in Physical activity and Health, specialization in Sports Rehabilitation and Readaptation, Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC). Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Lleida.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Professor of the Musical, Arts and Body Expression Didactics, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • PhD. Carlos Lago. PhD candidate in Sport and Exercise Science, Physical Activity and Healthy Physical Activity, University of Vigo (Spain). Master's Degree in Research in Physical Activity, Sport and Health, University of Vigo (Spain). Undergraduate in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Vigo.
  • PhD. Anna Marín. PhD candidate in Education, International Iberoamerican University. Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, specialization in Nutrition and Physical Activity, University of León. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Barcelona.
  • PhD. Sara Márquez Rosa. Professor in the Physical Activity and Sports area, University of León. President of the Spanish Federation of Psychology in Sports.
  • PhD. Susana Martínez. PhD in Biology. BA in Food Science and Technology Researcher at the Institute of Biomedicine (IBIOMED) of the University of León.
  • PhD. Mercedes Montserrat. PhD. in Quality, Safety and Food Science. Master’s Degree in Introduction to Research in Food Science and Technology Master’s Degree in Nutrigenomics and Customized Nutrition. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • PhD. José Nadal García. Pedraforca High School, Education Department, Governement of Catalonia, L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
  • PhD. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra. PhD in Psychology. Professor at the Exercise Science Faculty at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia.
  • PhD. Francisco Ortín Montero. PhD in Sports Psychology. Professor at the Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment Department, University of Murcia
  • PhD. Mireia Peláez Puente. PhD in Physical Activity and Sports. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • PhD. Borja del Pozo Cruz. PhD in Physical Activity Science, Sports Performance and Health. Professor in the Physical Activity and Sports area, University of Sevilla.
  • PhD. David Recuenco Serrano. Bachelor’s Degree and PhD in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Graduate in Physiotherapy. Master’s Degree in Physical Training in Soccer.
  • Mtr. María Rafaela Rosas Morales. Master’s Degree in Business Administration, University of Barcelona-.IGIA. Degree in Food Science and Technology, University of Barcelona. Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, University of Barcelona.
  • PhD. Alfonso Salguero del Valle. PhD in Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of León. Professor of the Musical, Arts and Body Expression Didactics Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • PhD. Pilar Sánchez Collado. PhD in Pharmacy. Professor at the Biomedical Sciencies Department of the University of León.
  • PhD. José Enrique Sirvent Belando. PhD in Sciences (Nutrition and Bromatology), University of Alicante. Associate Professor of the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology Department of the University of Alicante.
  • PhD. Sandra Sumalla. PhD in Health and Nutrition Projects. Dietician-Nutricionist and Food Technologist. Master's Degree in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics and Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • PhD. Nicolás Terrados Cepeda. PhD in Medicine and Surgery. Professor of the Functional Biology Department of the University of Oviedo.
  • PhD. Gema Torres Luque. PhD in Sports Sciences. Full Professor of the Musical, Arts and Body Expression Didactics Department, University of Jaén.
  • PhD. Miguel Del Valle Soto. Professor at the University of Oviedo. Director of the Sports Medicine School, University of Oviedo. Vie-president of the Spanish Federation of the Sports Medicine.
  • PhD. José Gerardo Villa Vicente. Professor at the Physical Activity and Sports area, University of León.
  • PhD. Rosa E. Yáñez. Master’s Degree and PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism, Master’s Degree with a specialization in Nutrigenomics and Functional Foods, Rovira i Virgili University from Tarragona (Spain). Certification in Education in Diabetes.

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