Master in Physical Activity: Sports Training and Management

Program Presentation

Physical activity is a factor of utmost importance to maintain the quality of life and the health of people during their different stages of life. This is even more so if physical activity is considered to serve for both the prevention and treatment of diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle.

For the practice of physical activity as a tool to become truly useful, the large existing deficit in specific training for coaches of sports and sports management must be taken into account, so as to achieve a tangible change in trainers, institutions and establishments that provide this service and thus achieve the much desired state of health and wellbeing in charge of a professional in the field.

The Master's program in Physical Activity: Sports Training and Management is designed for all those professionals who seek to deepen their knowledge of the practice and management of physical training and all aspects related to the management of sports centers.

Who is the programme for?

The training methodology proposed, summed up to the clarity, amplitude and didactic of the content design, allows the Master’s degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training be addressed to all licensed professionals, associate’s degree graduates, professors, and health sciences and sports professionals that desire to enrich their undergraduate or graduate training with topics related to physical activity, sports design and planning, and sports centers management.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Master in Physical Activity: Sports Training and Management.

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

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the completion of the Master's degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training is 2 years.

Regarding the distribution of time it is established that:

  • As it is an online Program, and it is not required to attend in-class, a specific start date is not established, which means the student can sign up for the class at any moment, as long as there are available spaces.
  • For academic and learning purposes it has a minimum duration of 6 months.
  • The maximum duration to complete the program is 24 months. During this period, the student must have handed in all of the corresponding evaluations.

The credit structure for the Master’s degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training is summarized in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1ST Part: Mandatory Subjects 36 11 360
2ND Part: Optional Modules 37,5 8 375
3RD Part: Case Study and Resolution 6 2 60
4TH Part: Final Master Project 19,5 3 195
TOTAL 99 24 990

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that grants the degree.
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective

  • Provide professionals with sufficient knowledge and resources to be able to develop effective and efficient professional skills in the field of physical activity with a focus on sports management and training.

Specific objectives

  • Guide the student in developing skills for sports training and practice.
  • Provide the student with a specialized training in sports organizations management.
  • Incorporate and be capable of managing New Technologies in the process of knowledge acquisition.
  • Distinguish and apply theoretical knowledge in actual cases from the contemplation of different activities.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Master’s degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training are:

  • Professionals that wish to specialize in Sports Nutrition topics.
  • Professionals that work in Gyms, Associations, Federations, etc. and desire to acquire knowledge on nutrition.
  • Leisure time activities instructors.
  • Sports organization trainers.

Study Plan

The Master’s degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training is made up of 4 parts which are described below:

  • 1st PART: MANDATORY SUBJECTS

This first part describes the knowledge foundations of the human body in the context of sports, as well as the development of the relationship between physical activity and health in different physiological and pathological situations.

The subjects that make up this part are shown in the following table:

1st PART: MANDATORY SUBJECTS
# SUBJECT CREDITS
1 Human Body Function and Structure 4,5
2 Contextualization of Physical Activity and Exercise within the Health Framework 4,5
3 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity in Health 6
4 Physical Activities Control and Prescription 4,5
5 Physical Activity for Different Health Diseases 6
6 Physical Activity in Children and Teenagers 4,5
7 Physical Activity in Senior Citizens 6
TOTAL 36
  • 2nd PART: OPTIONAL MODULES

The student must choose 1 of the 2 optional modules available in the Master’s degree.

The first Optional Module has as a prerequisite: the accreditation of sufficient knowledge in nutrition or the completion of the preparatory course "Basic Aspects of Nutrition".

The corresponding subjects and credits that make up this part are shown in the following table:

2nd PART: OPTIONAL MODULES
# SPORTS TRAINING CREDITS
1 Training Theory and Practice 6
2 Sports Planning 6
3 Sports Psychology 4,5
4 Kinanthropometry 4,5
5 Nutrition and Sports 4,5
6 Eating Disorders in Sports 4,5
7 Ergogenic Aids 4,5
8 Sports Teams Administration Techniques 3
TOTAL 37,5
2nd PART: OPTIONAL MODULES
# SPORTS CENTERS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS CREDITS
1 Administration and Management of Sports Entities 4,5
2 Strategic Management and Planning of Sports Organizations 4,5
3 Sports Markerting. Applications 4,5
4 Strategic Management of Human Resources 3
5 Sports Teams Administration Techniques 3
6 Administration and Leadership Techniques in Sports 3
7 Information Society and Sports 4,5
8 Training Theory and Practice 6
9 Kinanthropometry 4,5
TOTAL 37,5
  • 3rd PART: CASE STUDY AND RESOLUTION

In this part of the program, emphasis will be given to the study and resolution of cases that allow the complete adaptation of the theoretical topics provided for managing training and the management of sports entities.

The subjects that make up this part are shown in the following table:

3rd PART: CASE STUDY AND RESOLUTION
# SUBJECT CREDITS
1 Case Study and Resolution 6
TOTAL 6
  • 4th PART: FINAL MASTER PROJECT

The last part of the program is the completion of the Final Master Project, which can be started after finishing the 2ª Part: Optional Modules, because at that moment the student will have need of all the necessary elements developed to begin the assignment.

4th PART: FINAL MASTER PROJECT
# FINAL MASTER PROJECT CREDITS
1 Scientific Research Methodology 4,5
2 Final Master Project 15
TOTAL 19,5

The objective is to present a complete document that shows the development of the proposed assignment, contemplating the possibility of its total implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the Final Course Work presented.

The assignment should be a contribution to some of the fields studied or something related, both theoretical and applied, respecting the doctrines, theories and related disciplines.

It must also be based on the document “Final Course Work Preparation Guidelines” that the student will receive on the first delivery of the course materials.


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

Management

Academic Board

  • Dr. Javier González Gallego. Biology Professor at University of Leon. Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department, University of Leon.
  • Dr. Sara Márquez Rosa. Professor at the Physical Activity and Sports Education Area, University of Leon. President of the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPD).

Academic Coordination

  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator of the Health Areas from FUNIBER.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo López Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Sports Science, University of Cordoba (Spain). Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Musical Expression, Art and Body Didactics Department, University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Alfredo Cordova Martinez. Professor at University School. Physiology Department at Universidad de Valladolid.
  • Dr. Borja del Pozo Cruz. Doctorate in Physical Activity Sciences, Sports Performance and Health. Professor at Physical Activity and Sports Department, University of Seville.
  • Dr. Olga Molinero González. Doctorate in Physical Activity Science and Sports, University of Leon. BA in Teaching, specialization in Physical Education, Universidad de Valladolid. Professor at University of Leon.
  • Dr. Enrique Garcés de los Fayos. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor at the Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment at University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Alfonso Salguero del Valle. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports, University of Leon. Professor at the Musical, Art, and Body Expression and Physical Education Department, University of Leon.
  • Dr. Javier González Gallego. Biology Professor at the University of Leon. Biomedical Sciences Department Manager, University of Leon.
  • Dr. Sara Márquez Rosa. Professor at the Physical Activity and Sports Area, University of Leon. President of the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPD).
  • Dr. Carlos González Haro. Doctorate in Sports Performance, University of Zaragoza. Researcher at the Pharmacology and Physiology Department at the Pharmacology and Physiology Department of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor at the Faculty of Sports Science, Catholic University of Saint Anthony (Murcia).
  • Dr. Francisco Ortín Montero. Doctorate in Sports Psychology. Professor at the Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Gema Torres Luque. Doctorate in Sports Sciences. Full Professor at the Musical Expression, Art and Body Didactics, University of Jaén.
  • Dr. José A. de Paz Fernández. Doctorate in Medicine. Full Professor at the Physiology Department, University of León.
  • Dr. Ildefonso Alvear Ordenes. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Associate Professor at the Physiology Department, University of León.
  • Dr. José Enrique Sirvent Belando. Doctorate in Food Sciences, University of Alicante. International and Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics, Santiago de Compostela, León, Rovira i Virgili Universities. ISAK Level 3 Anthropocentrist. Participation in more than 25 congresses, conferences and seminars on Nutrition, Health, and Kinanthropometry. 20 years of experience teaching at the university about Nutrition, Health and Kinanthropometry. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Kinanthropometry Professorship, Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM).
  • Dr. José Gerardo Villa Vicente. Professor of the Physical Activity and Sports Area, University of León.
  • Dr. Miguel Del Valle Soto. Professor at Universidad de Oviedo. Manager at the Sports Medicine School, Universidad de Oviedo. Vice-president of the Spanish Federation of Sports Medicine.
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Redondo. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Full Professor at Musical, Art and Body Expression and Physical Education Department, University of León.
  • Dr. Nicolás Terrados Cepeda. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Professor at the Functional Biology Department, Universidad de Oviedo.
  • Dr Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, University of León. Professor at the Biomedicine Department, University of León.
  • Dr. Pilar Sánchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Biomedicine Department, University of León.
  • Dr. Susana Aznar Laín. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Science. Professor at the Musical, Art and Body Expression and Physical Education Department, University of Castilla La Mancha.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Doctorate in Biochemistry, Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Sciences, University of Bologna. Honoris Causa Doctor awarded by the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucarest, Romania. Master’s Degree in Teledidactics Applied to Health Sciences and with more than 10 years of experience in online teaching. International acknowledged scientific with more than 180 published papers and 29 as impact factor. He has more than 25 years of experience in researching bioenergy, biomembranes, antioxidant molecules and nutrition, using the most advanced biochemical techniques developing new methods to study molecules and biological samples.
  • Dr. Francesco Visioli. Doctorate in Chemistry and Pharmacology Technology, University of Brescia. Researcher at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA)-Foods.
  • Dr. Héctor Antonio Solano Lamphar. Academic Dean, Iberoamerican International University.
  • Dr. José Nadal García. Pedraforca High School, Department of Education, Generalitat de Cataluña, L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Biomedicine Research Center from La Rioja (Spain). Coordinator of the Bioethics Area at Funiber
  • Dr. Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctoral candidate in Education, Iberoamerican International University. Master’s Degree in Working and Organizational Psychology, University of Havana, Cuba. Her professional career has been associated with the teaching, research and consultancy in the organizational psychology field and other fields alike. Experience in the coordination of work teams for the curricular design of academic programs and creation of didactic materials, as well as the management and optimization of processes and procedures linked to the design and implementation of academic programs in online learning environments. Broad participation in Workshops, Seminars, Congresses. Author and co-author of diverse scientific journals.
  • Dr. Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. Doctoral candidate in Education. International Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master’s Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Nutritionist.
  • Dr.(c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral candidate in Projects. International Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Master’s Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management.
  • Dr.(c) Anna Marín Bachs. Doctoral candidate in Education. International Master’s Degree in Nutrition.
  • Dr. Amélia Stein. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Science, University of León. Master’s Degree in Workout Physiology, University of León. Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Universidade Luterana do Brasil. Among her lines of research are: Physical Activity and health, workout, elderly people and chronic diseases, sports psychology. She is trained on online learning environments.
  • Dr.(c) José Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Associate Doctoral candidate at the University of Extremadura. Professor at Health and Sports Faculty, University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Dr.(c) José María García Lafuente. Associate Doctoral candidate at the Physiology Department, University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. María Fernanda Figueroa. Doctoral candidate of the program in Sports Management Projects, Iberoamerican International University (UNINI Mexico). Master’s Degree in Sports Strategic Management, University of Barcelona. Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Iowa Wesleyan College. Course in teaching on online learning environments. 3 years of experience in sports-related entities as the coordinator of various sports disciplines. Consultant for the construction of the management model of the Sports Complex of the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Head Professor of the Specialization in Administration dan Skills for the Management of Sports Centers, UNINI. Professor of subjects related to management in the Master’s Degree in Sports Management, UNINI.
  • Dr. Andrea Corrales. Doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria. Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, University of Cantabria and of the Basque Country. Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, University of the Basque Country. Author of the various publications in the neurophysiology field. Currently: completing the Undergraduate in Psychology (UNED) and teaching at the undergraduate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, European University of the Atlantic. She is trained on teaching on online learning environments.
  • Dr. Antonio Jesús Bores Cerezal. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, University of Vigo. Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Master’s Degree in High Sports Performance (Spanish Olympic Committee and Univ. Autónoma de Madrid). Master’s Degree in High Performance in Team Sports of the Fundación del Fútbol Club Barcelona, INEFC Cataluña. Master’s Degree in High Performance, Physical Reconditioning and Strength (UCAM). Professor at the Undergraduate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, European University of Santander. Physical trainer of the futsal Spanish national team. He is part of various research projects, as well as other members of different journals as part of the peer review. Among his lines of research are: sports training, injuries epidemiology in sports and sports performance in different modalities. Broad teaching experience in courses, master’s degrees and PhD (5 years). Vast training in online teaching (more than 10 courses taken).
  • Dr. Cristian Abelairas. Doctorate in Research in Physical Activity, Sports and Health. Master’s Degree in Teachers’ Education at High Schools, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. Master’s Degree in Research in Physical Activity, Sports and Health. Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Science. He has been a professor at University of Vigo now he is so at the European University of the Atlantic. Among his lines of research are: Physical activity and health, first aid, water rescue. He is trained on online teaching environments.
  • Dr. David Casamichana. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, University of the Basque Country. Master’s Degree in Research in Physical Activity and Sports, University of Malaga, Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sports, University of Leon. Nowadays he is the physical trainer of Real Racing Club de Santander and professor at the European University of the Atlantic. He is part of the peer review process in journals related to the sports science, journals cited in Journal Citation Reports and is also the author various international papers. His line of research is focused on workout and health and sports performance. He is trained rained on online teaching environments.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol. Doctorate in Education Sciences, specialized in University Management, University of Havana. Master’s Degree in Administration. High School teacher. Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy. Course on Teaching on online learning environments. He has taken postgraduates related to Pedagogy, Economy, Philosophy, Administration, Marketing, Financial Administration, Negotiation, Accounting, Business Strategy Design, Analysis of Markets, Organizational Development, International Economic Relations, Business Management, Human Resources, Quality, Leadership Management, Organizational Learning and Research Methodology. More than 35 years in higher education. Has been the Head Chair in different higher education institutes. Experience as an online professor in subjects related to strategic management, marketing, administration managerial development, scientific research methodology. Current Coordinator of Doctoral programs at the International Iberoamerican University (Mexico).
  • Dr. Javier Costas. Degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of A Coruña. Doctoral student in Physical Activity and Sport Science at the University of Vigo, Master in Occupational Risk Prevention, Quality Management Systems and Environment. Expert in Risk Prevention, Lifeguard and Water Rescue. Research in Rescue and Lifeguard Performance and Motility in GIAAS and REMOSS Research Groups. Professor and Official for the Physical Activity and Sport Service in the European University of the Atlantic. Coordinator for the Physical Activity, Health and Training Programs.
  • Dr. Laura Natalia Pérez. Doctorate (Cum Laude) and Master in Cognitive Science and Language at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Academic Director of the Master’s Degree in Health Psychology at the International Iberoamerican University, Mexico; Academic Coordinator of the Doctorate in Psychology and Professor at this university. Psychologist and coach, founder of Human Flourishing. Research Experience at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Experience as a psychologist at the Hospital San Juan de Dios and La inmaculada, Colombia.
  • Dr. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Doctoral student on the Education program of the International Iberoamerican University (UNINI) Mexico in the research stage. Master's Degree in Human Resources Management and Knowledge Management from the University of León, Spain. Degree in Psychology from the University of Guadalajara. Speaker at conferences, courses and workshops related to Strategic Planning, Occupational Psychology, Internal Communication, Distance Education. Teaching in Virtual Learning Environments. Has 11 years of experience in the area of education in undergraduate and graduate programs teaching subjects related to Business Administration, Education and Human Resources. Has coached entrepreneurs in a Business Incubator belonging to the University of Valle de Atemajac. Has been the coordinator of the Quartermaster Department of publishers and newspapers, with functions related to human resources.
  • Dr. Mariacarla Martí González. Doctorate in Education in the University of Zaragoza. Master’s Degree in Arts, University of the Arts, Cuba. Degree in Psychology and Arts Pedagogy. Degree in Psychology, University of the Havana. Promoter of the of the Community Processes Corrector Methodology. Has been teaching Psychology at the University of the Arts and has been a guest researcher at the University of Zaragoza. Is the author of several texts teaching support in the area of Group Psychology and the analysis and intervention of social processes and community. Professor of Group Psychology and Social Psychology at the University Union of the Atlantic and member of the Psycho-pedagogical Advisory Cabinet of the university. Her line of research has focused on the topics of Group Psychology, gender and social transformation processes.
  • Dr. Mireia Pelaez. Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Degree in Advanced Studies. Her field of research has focused on the study of the effects of physical exercise during pregnancy on maternal and fetal responses and the effect of training the pelvic floor muscles. At present, professor at the European University of the Atlantic and the Master in the Autonomous University of Madrid as well as director of doctoral theses on topics related to exercise and health. Has training in teaching in virtual learning environments.
  • Dr. Priscilla Almeida de Souza. Doctorate in Biomedicine from the University of Zaragoza, holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Sports Nutrition Specialist by the University Center of Belo Horizonte. Extensive experience in clinical/sport nutrition. Has worked in the area of quality control and food safety. Experience as associate professor/tutor for final papers in Physical Education, Medicine and Occupational Therapy degrees. Imparted training courses and updated nutrition for healthcare professionals. Experience in teaching online courses of Master and Doctoral degrees. Collaborating member of the Physiology of Aging and Oxidative Stress (B40) Research Group. Participation in RETICEF research projects. Attendance and participation at various conferences and seminars on physiology and nutrition.
  • Dr. Susana Martínez. Degree and Doctorates in Biology from the University of Leon. Master senior technician in occupational risk prevention and specialist in safety, hygiene, ergonomics and psychosociology. Has been an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Area of Physiology. Teaching Staff of the Degree in Nursing and Biology. Extensive 5 years of teaching experience online courses, masters and doctoral programs. Extensive training in online teaching, having received more than 10 courses. At the present: an integral part in several research projects related to physical activity, epidemiology and health. Review of the editorial team from the Hospital Nutrition journal.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

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