The Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization is a postgraduate academic program with a well-defined approach: providing the necessary tools to become more competitive within the field of sports performance.
The Master's Degree in Sports Performance Optimization was created with the aim of facing our current market needs. Students will be nourished with key knowledge in all the central points of sports performance, from the latest trends in training and improvement in physical conditioning, as well as in the transversal elements that complement training (technologies, nutrition, and psychology). Students will also be provided with dynamic environments in the e-learning modality to assimilate the contents, with the added enrichment of meeting and debating with first rate professionals.
The purpose of the Master's Degree is to provide the concepts, skills, strategies, and tools for professionals in physical activity and sports to adequately plan, develop and evaluate those training proposals that guarantee the final quality of professional tasks within the field of sports performance and assume the ethical commitments and responsibility required of the profession.
Who is the programme for?
Accompanied by the clarity, comprehensiveness and didactics of the content design, the proposed training methodology enables directing the Master's Degree in Sports Performance Optimization to:
- Graduates in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences or related degrees interested in complementary and specific training that allows them to deepen, refresh or update their professional skills and perform more efficiently within their job. Or for said studies to broaden their possibilities of employment, or offer a qualitative distinction given the competitive nature of the professional environment.
- Graduates in education or other health science degrees who, in addition to their basic education, desire a practical specialization in sports performance.
- Other university graduates with professional experience in physical activity and sports interested in becoming up to date, consolidating, or acquiring knowledge in the optimization and improvement of sports performance.
Successfully completing the program will enable the student to obtain the Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization.
After the program has been successfully completed, the student will receive the degree as issued by the University where they are enrolled.
The estimated time for completing the Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization is 24 Months.
The credit structure for the Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization is as follows:
|1st Part: Mandatory Subjects||75||21|
|2nd Part: Final Master's Project||12||3|
a. One ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) equals 10 + 15 hours. The relationship between credits and hours may vary for those students in the Program who are enrolled in a University not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
b. Length in months.
- To plan, develop and properly evaluate strategies to guarantee the final quality of professional tasks in the field of sports performance and assume the ethical commitments and responsibility required by the profession.
- Identify the roles of the different physiological systems of the human body.
- Design the proper programming and periodization of high-performance training in sports, as well as quantify the training load in a detailed manner.
- Select effective, valid, and reliable methods for the athlete’s functional evaluation.
- Analyze new technologies for the collection, analysis, and evaluation of the athlete’s physical condition and performance.
- Establish the methods of psychological evaluation as applied to high performance in sports.
- Analyze nutritional and dietary strategies adapted to the sports modality, the competitive period, and each athlete’s individual characteristics.
The following are some of the career opportunities of the Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization:
- Physical trainer for high performance athletes
- Specialist in strength and fitness training in high performance sports
- Expert in the assessment, optimization and control of the high performance athlete
- Physical-sports performance analyst for individuals and sport teams
- Technical analyst in sports competitions.
- Personal trainer in fitness and wellness centers, aimed at the optimization of sports performance.
- Physical trainer and physical-sports therapist in multidisciplinary centers.
- Scientific-technical advisor for the performance optimization of individuals and sport teams.
Note: Professional practice is subject to each country’s legislations.
The Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Optimization consists of 2 parts as described below:
- 1st PART: MANDATORY SUBJECTS
The first part consists of 14 subjects in which the Sports Training Fundamentals are described, and those subjects composing Sports Performance Optimization are also explained.
The Mandatory Subjects are listed in the following table:
|INITIAL PHASE: FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTS TRAINING|
|3||Biomechanics of Human Movement||6|
|4||Fundamentals of Training||6|
|5||High Performance Planning and Physical Training||6|
|ADVANCED PHASE: SPORTS PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION|
|1||Training Theory and Practice||5|
|2||Physiology of High-level Sports Training||5|
|3||Monitoring and Quantifying the Training Load in High Performance||5|
|4||Planning and Periodization Models of Training in Sports||5|
|5||Functional Assessment of the Elite Athlete||5|
|6||Strategies for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries||5|
|7||Technological Tools Applied to Training||5|
|8||Psychology in High Performance||5|
|9||Nutrition and Sports Performance||5|
- 2nd PART: FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT
The last part of the Master’s Degree is aimed at carrying out the Final Master's Project, which the student may begin prior to completing the 1st Part: Mandatory Subjects, since the student will have studied the necessary elements to begin the Final Master's Project.
The objective is to present a complete document that shows the total development of the proposed project, including the possibility of its practical implementation in accordance with the guidelines and details of the Final Master's Project.
The Project must be a contribution to some of the studied fields or a relationship to it, both theoretical and applied, in accordance with the doctrines, theories, and related disciplines.
It should also be based on the document “Guidelines for the Final Master’s Project’s Development” that the student will be provided in the first delivery of their didactic material.
|2nd PART: FINAL MASTER’S PROJECT|
|1||Final Master’s Project||12|
Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.
- Dr. Maurizio Antonio Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition Area of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
- Dr. Álvaro Velarde Sotres. International Coordinator of the Sports Area.
- Dr (c). Irma Domínguez. International Coordinator the Health Area.
Teaching staff and Authors
- Dr. Antonio Jesús Bores Cerezal. Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Vigo. Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports, Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports in Team Sports Master’s Degree in High Performance, Strength and Physical Conditioning. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Broad experience in high performance sports.
- Dr. Marcos Mecías Calvo. Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Vigo. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Broad experience in the Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports in Team Sports.
- Dr. David Casamichana Gómez. Doctor in Sport Sciences by the University of the Basque Country. Director of the Degree Program in Physical Activity and Sports from the European University of the Atlantic, physical trainer, professor, and researcher. Currently a physical trainer for the Real Sociedad, in the 1st Spanish Football Division.
- Dr. Iker Muñoz Pérez. Doctor in Sport Sciences by the University of the Basque Country. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Training and research specialized in analysis and optimization of performance in long distance athletes.
- Dr. Felipe García Pinillos. International Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the University of Jaén, specialist in rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries. Professor "Ad-honorem" at the European University of the Atlantic. Specialized training and research in the analysis, biomechanics and performance optimization in medium and long-distance athletes.
- Dr. Andrea Corrales Pardo. Doctor of Physiology with Extraordinary Award from the University of Cantabria. Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and SIPD. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Specialized in sports physiology and psychology.
- Dr. María Martín García. Doctor in Sports Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha. Program Coordination Doctor in Physical Activity and Sports from the International Iberoamerican University in Mexico. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Specialist in the physiology of exercise.
- Dr. Mireia Peláez Puente. Doctorates in Physical Activity and Sports from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Specializing in training with women, pregnancy and postpartum.
- Dr. Priscilla Almeida de Souza. Doctorate in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte.
- Manuel Crespo Posadas. Bachelor’s in Business Sciences. Physical Activity and Sports by UCAM Murcia. Professional Master’s Degree in High Performance in Team Sports. Master's Degree in Readjustment of Physical Activity and Sports. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Specialized in injury prevention and readjustment.
- Dr. Carlos Lago Fuentes. Doctoral candidate in Physical Activity and Healthy Physical Activity, University of Vigo. Master's Degree in Research in Physical Activity, Sport and Health, University of Vigo (Spain). Specialized postgraduate education and experience in the field of performance optimization in team sports.
- Dr (c). Martín Barcala Furelos. Doctorate in Physical Activity, Physical Education and Sports, University of Barcelona (Spain). Level 1 football coach. Specialist in team sports training.
- Dr. Álvaro Velarde Sotres. Doctor and Researcher in Sports Science. Master in Prevention and Readjustment of Sports Injuries. Specialized in the Evaluation and Recovery of High-Performance Sports athletes. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic
- Dr. Juan José Salinero Martín. Doctorates in Sports Performance, University of Castilla - La Mancha. Specialist course in statistics applied to sport sciences. Research and professional experience in optimizing the performance of long-distance athletes.
- Dr. Juan Antonio Párraga. Doctorates in Physical Education from the University of Granada. Was a previous director of the Olympic Studies class at the University of Jaén. Training and research oriented towards the use of new technologies in sports performance.
- Dr. Archit Navandar. Doctorates in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, with a focus on the biomechanical analysis of sports actions, as well as injuries. Scientific and professional experience in biomechanical analysis in individual and team sports.
- Dr. Jorge López Fernández. International Doctorate in Sports Science from the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Master's Degree in Sports Science, Health and Research from the same university. Postgraduate education and specialized experience in the functional assessment of elite athletes.
- Dr. Eva Montero Domínguez. Doctorates in Clinical and Health Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Psychology. Experience in teaching sports psychology.
FUNIBER Training Scholarships
The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.
To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.
Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.