Plan de estudios


Module I. Research Methodology

The rationale for this module is to provide all students of the degree, regardless of their academic background, with a deep understanding of general research methodology. It will build the foundation, which is necessary to conduct scientific investigations.
Module II. Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning
This module will cover: neural mechanisms involved in strength and power, recruitment of selective motor units, electromyography, increased firing frequency, total increase recruitment, mechanics involved in muscle strength and power, muscle hypertrophy, muscle fiber type, muscle protein expression, musculoskeletal stiffness, muscle architecture.
Module III. Exercise Physiology
This module seeks to examine the acute and chronic responses to anaerobic and aerobic training, specifically the endocrinological, biochemical, immunological, molecular and biological adaptations. Additionally, detraining and concurrent strength and endurance work-outs are studied.
Module IV. Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
This module introduces students to the concepts that affect human movement, including the laws of physics, which govern the interaction of the human body with its environment. Particular attention is assigned to strength and conditioning exercises. Moreover, the mechanics of the human body as a machine are examined in detail.
Module V. Program Design as related to Strength and Conditioning
This module examines the advanced study of resistance training with specific emphasis on hypertrophy, strength and power. Topics covered include: plyometrics, Olympic lifts and their variants, sport-specific resistance training and power optimization, as well as the theory and integration of an annual performance plan focusing on the preparation of elite athletes and teams.
Module VI. Sport Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids
This module reviews: the classification and function of essential nutrients during exercise, obligatory elements of an athlete’s diet, ergogenic aids, specific nutritional supply in different sports (e.g. endurance strength, team, combat) as well as nutrition under extraordinary circumstances. 
Module VII. Strength Training and Conditioning in the Elderly
Module contents include: conditional evaluation of the elderly, changes in the anatomy and physiology of the organs and systems during the aging process, assessment of risk factors for coronary heart disease, other diseases and lifestyle, psychological aspects of aging, physical activity and its relationship with the diseases of aging, gait biomechanics, new methods of science-based training, and considerations to be taken into account when designing programs for older adults.
Module VIII. Applied Statistical Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
This module prepares students to apply statistics on variables used in sport science. Students become familiar with how to treat, analyze and interpret data collected from study experiments. Specifically, students will be able to: compare descriptive statistics, construct and evaluate statistical graphs using computer software, calculate probabilities using laws of probability and discrete and continuous probability distributions, estimate parameters with confidence intervals, perform hypothesis tests, create and apply regression models based on experimental data, and assess published statistical results.
Module IX. Practicum
The practicum builds upon and consolidates skills and knowledge acquired throughout previous modules. Students further their understanding of theoretical concepts of strength and conditioning by developing and conducting their Master’s thesis project in their related fields of interest under the guidance of an advisor. Much of the weight of the practicum lies on conducting investigative research.
Practical experiments are generally performed in the Biomechanics Laboratory, the Research Center in High Performance Sport, and UCAM’s Sport Center. Students can also be considered to carry out their practicum at Porto University (Portugal). However, a minimum stay of 3 months is required for students that have been approved to conduct their practicum at the latter location. 
Module X. Master’s Thesis
To obtain the Master’s Degree in High Performance Sport: Strength and Conditioning, students must successfully pass the Master’s Thesis (MT). The MT should reflect the knowledge and skills obtained during the previous modules. The written paper has to be original as well as unpublished and must address issues related to the practices carried out during the practicum. Students will publicly present and defend their Master’s Thesis upon finalization. Overall, the MT must be proportional to 12 ECTS (300 hours) in content and size.