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

After successfully completing the Master’s Degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training they will be given the degree/diploma of: Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Sports Management and Training in... (the optional module chosen by the student).

Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the patronage of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER).

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
1ª Part: Mandatory Subjects 36 11 360
2ª Part: Optional Modules 37,5 8 375
3ª Part: Case Study and Resolution 6 2 60
4ª 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:

  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:

  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
  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:

  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.

  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.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Sara Márquez Rosa. Professor of the Area in Physical and Sports Education from the University of León. President of the Spanish Federation in Sports Psychology (FEPD).

General Academic Coordination

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

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo López Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Exercise Sciences from the University of Cordoba (Spain). Professor at the Ibero-American International.University.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily of the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Alfredo Cordova Martinez. Professor of University College. Department of Physiology at the University of Valladolid.
  • Dr. Borja del Pozo Cruz. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity, sports performance and health. Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Olga Miller Gonzalez. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports.Graduate in Teaching. Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Enrique Garces of Los Fayos. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Alfonso Salguero del Valle. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports.Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León.
  • Dr. Sara Marquez Rosa. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León. President of the Spanish Federation of Psychology in Sports (FEPD).
  • Dr. Carlos González de Haro. Doctorate in sports performance from the University of Zaragoza. Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Carlos Pablos Abella. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Valencia.
  • Dr. Susana Martinez. Doctorate in Biology. Professor at the University of León.
  • Dr. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Faculty of Sports Science at the Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia.
  • Dr. Francisco Ortin Montero. Doctorate in Sports Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Gema Torres Luque. Doctorate in Sports Science. Professor at the Department of Didactics of musical, plastic and body expression of the University of Jaén.
  • Dr. Joseph A. de Paz Fernández. Doctorate in Medicine. Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Ildefonso Alvear Ordenes. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports. Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. In José Enrique Sirvent Belando. Doctorate in Science (Nutrition and Food Science) at the University of Alicante. Associate Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alicante.
  • Dr. José Gerardo Villa Vicente. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Miguel Del Valle de Soto. Professor at the University of Oviedo. Director of the School of Sports Medicine at the University of Oviedo. Vice President of the Spanish Federation of Sports Medicine.
  • Dr. Nicolas Terrados Cepeda. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Professor in the Department of Functional Biology at the University of Oviedo.
  • Dr. Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Assistant Professor. Dr. of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Susana Aznar Lain. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Professor in the Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily at the University of Castilla La Mancha.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Doctorate in Biological Sciences at the Università delle Marche. General Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition of the Ibero-american University Foundation.
  • Dr. Francesco Visioli. Doctorate in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Brescia. Researcher in the Madrileño Instutute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA).
  • Dr. Hector Antonio Solano Lamphar. Academic Dean of the Ibero-American International University
  • Dr. Jose Manuel Figueroa. Doctor in Projects by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Nadal Jose Garcia. Institute of Higher Education Pedraforca, Department of Education, Government of Catalonia, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (Spain). Coordinator of the area of Bioethics at Funiber.
  • Dr. (c) Carmen Lili Rodriguez Velasco. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master's degree in occupational and organizational psychology.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Dominguez Azpiroz. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Academic Coordinator of the Area of Health and Nutrition at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral candidate in Projects. Master’s degree in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marin Bachs. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master’s degree in International Nutrition.
  • Dr. (c) Amelia Stein. Doctoral candidate Science of Physical Activity and Sports by the University of León.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral candidate associated with the University of Extremadura. Professor of the Faculty of Health and Sports at the University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Maria Garcia Lafuente. Doctoral candidate of the Physiology Department at the University of Extremadura.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for FUNIBER scholarships.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a FUNIBER scholarship.