It is a research group that focuses its research on the measurement of physical activity and sport, this line of research means an increase in the credibility, objectivity and advancement of the scientific method applied to sport . This constitutes a very young but continuously growing scientific branch, as it focuses on the measurement applied to sport, providing the sum of knowledge, evidence, dissemination and transfer of sport technology and vice versa.



Areas of research

  • Assessment and control of strength training.
  • Load control and means of recovery.
  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
  • Analysis of movement variability.
  • Fatigue.
  • Validation of technological systems.
  • Physical exercise and health.​​​​​​​

Group members

Bruno Fernández-Valdés Villa




Victor Illera Dominguez

Luis Albesa Albiol

Sara González Millán

Gerard Carmona Dalmases

Adrian García Fresneda

Jorge Castizo Olier

Carla Perez-Chirinos Buxadé

Monica Morral Yepes

Alba Pardo Fernández

Manolo Gomis Bataller

Roger Font Ribas


Reference: PID2019-109632RB-I00

Project Analysis and application of variability in adaptive capacity and motor learning in tasks with special involvement of muscular strength.

  • Amount: € 49.610,00
  • Researchers: Bruno Fernández-Valdés Villa (Principal Inv.: Francisco Javier Moreno Hernández and Rafael Sabido Solana) 
  • Duration: 01/06/2020 to 30/05/2023

Reference: PR15-020210

Project: PECT: Mataró-Maresme: innovation ecosystem for caring cities

  • Amount: € 531.194,18
  • Researchers: (Main Research: Bruno Fernández-Valdés Villa)
  • Duration: 01/05/2021 to 31/12/2023


  • Project website:

Reference: AES2020

Project: Supervised physical exercise therapy in subjects with symptomatic peripheral arteriopathy (APERFIT)

  • Amount: € 16.900
  • Researchers: Manuel Gomis (Principal Inv.: Mrs. Teresa Carbonell Alzamora Sas)
  • Duration: 01/05/2020 to 31/12/2023

Scientific production

  • Duñabeitia, I., Bidaurrazaga-Letona, I., Diz, JC, Colon-Leira, S., García-Fresneda, A., & Ayán, C. (2022). Effects of physical exercise in people with epilepsy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 137(Pt A), 108959.
  • García-Fresneda, A., Carmona, G., Yanci, J., & Iturricastillo, A. (2022). Initial Maximum Push-Rim Propulsion and Sprint Performance in Elite Women's Wheelchair Basketball: Differences Between Players' Functional Classification. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 17(8), 1187–1195.
  • Adrián García-Fresneda, Gerard Carmona, Javier Yanci, Aitor Iturricastillo. (2022) Initial Maximum Push-Rim Propulsion and Sprint Performance in Elite Women's Wheelchair Basketball: Differences Between Players' Functional Classification. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 28, pages 1-9.
  • Pérez-Chirinos Buxadé, C., Padullés Riu, JM, Gavaldà Castet, D., Trabucchi, M., Fernández-Valdés, B., Tuyà Viñas, S., & Moras Feliu, G. (2022). Influence of Turn Cycle Structure on Performance of Elite Alpine Skiers Assessed through an IMU in Different Slalom Course Settings. Sensors, 22(3), 902.
  • Cebrián-Ponce, Álex, Manuel V. Garnacho-Castaño, Mercè Castellano-Fàbrega, Jorge Castizo-Olier, Marta Carrasco-Marginet, Noemí Serra-Paya, and Alfredo Irurtia. 2022. "Bioelectrical Impedance Vector and Creatine Phosphokinase Changes Induced by a High-Intensity Training Session in Rink Hockey Players" Applied Sciences 12, no. 2: 12 January 2022. 751.
  • Irurtia, Alfredo, Víctor M. Torres-Mestre, Álex Cebrián-Ponce, Marta Carrasco-Marginet, Albert Altarriba-Bartés, Marc Vives-Usón, Francesc Cos, and Jorge Castizo-Olier. 2022. "Physical Fitness and Performance in Talented & Untalented Young Chinese Soccer Players" Healthcare Logistics 10, no. 1: 98.
  • Alzamora, MT, Forés, R., Serra, N., Martinez, E., Pera, G., Seda, G., Lopez Palencia, J., Gomis, M., Heras Tébar, A., Valverde, M., Garnacho, MV, & Torán, P. (2022). Supervised physical activity in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease: protocol for a randomized clinical trial (ARTPERfit Study). BMJ open, 12(4), e054352. 27/04/2022.
  • Franc García, Daniel Fernández, Jordi Illa, Xavier Reche, Roger font, Marc Guitart, Francesc Pla, Joan Ramon Tarragó, Jairo Vázquez-Guerrero (2022) Comparing the most demanding scenarios of official matches across five different professional team sports in the same club, Notes Sports Medicine,Volume 57, Issue 215, 100390, ISSN 2666-5069,
  • Guignard, Brice, Claude Karcher, Xavier Reche, Roger Font, and John Komar. 2022. "Contextualizing Physical Data in Professional Handball: Using Local Positioning Systems to Automatically Define Defensive Organizations" Sensors 22, no. 15: 5692.
  • Roger font, Gabriel Daza, Alfredo Irurtia, Victor Tremps, Maria Cadens, Jose Antonio Mesas, and Xavier Iglesias. 2022. "Analysis of the Variables Influencing Success in Elite Handball with Polar Coordinates" Sustainability 14, no. 23: 15542.
  • Barrenetxea-Garcia, J., Murua-Ruiz, A., Mielgo-Ayuso, J., Nuell, S., Calleja-González, J., & de Villarreal, ES (2022). Recovery in water polo: how much do we have to know? A systematic review. Journal of exercise rehabilitation, 18(4), 225–234.
  • Selva, A., López, P., Puig, T., Macià, F., Selva, C., Álvarez-Pérez, Y., Terraza, R., Burón, A., Machlab, ST, Pericay, C. , Solà, I., Torà, N., Rodríguez, V., Barrufet, C., Aymar, A., & Baré, M. (2022). Patient experience, satisfaction and shared decision-making in colorectal cancer screening: protocol of the mixed-methods study CyDESA. BMJ open, 12(5), e057687.
  • García Fresneda, A., & Carmona, G. (2021). Short Distance Sprint Performance in Elite Wheelchair Basketball Women Players: Influence of Functional Classification. Notes. Physical Education and Sports, 144, 75-80
  • Pérez-Chirinos Buxadé, C.; Fernández-Valdés, B.; Morral-Yepes, M.; Tuyà Viñas, S.; Padullés Riu, JM; Moras Feliu, G. Validity of a Magnet-Based Timing System Using the Magnetometer Built into an IMU. Sensors 2021, 21, 5773.
  • Source, R., Karcher, C., Reche, X., Carmona, G., Tremps, V., & Irurtia, A. (2021). Monitoring external load in elite male handball players depending on playing positions. Biology of sport, 38(3), 475–481.
  • Source, R., Irurtia, A., Gutierrez, JA, Salas, S., Vila, E., & Carmona, G. (2021). The effects of COVID-19 lockdown on jumping performance and aerobic capacity in elite handball players. Biology of sport, 38(4), 753–759.
  • Nuell, S., Illera-Domínguez, V., Carmona, G., Macadam, P., Lloret, M., Padullés, JM, Alomar, X., & Cadefau, JA (2021). Hamstring Muscle Volume as an Indicator of Sprint Performance. Journal of strength and conditioning research, 35(4), 902–909.
  • Cabanas-Valdés R, Toro-Coll MD, Cruz-Sicilia S, García-Rueda L, Rodríguez-Rubio PR, Calvo-Sanz J. The Immediate Effect of Informational Manual Therapy for Improving Quiet Standing and Bodily Pain in University Population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4940.
  • Cabanas-Valdés R, Calvo-Sanz J, Serra-Llobet P, Alcoba-Kait J, González-Rueda V, Rodríguez-Rubio PR. The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Improving Sequelae in Post-Stroke Survivors. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health† 2021; 18(9):4424.
  • Silvia Stagi, Alfredo Irurtia, Joaquim Rosales Rafel, Stefano Cabras, Roberto Buffa, Marta Carrasco-Marginet, Jorge Castizo-Olier, Elisabetta Marini, Segmental body composition estimated by specific BIVA and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, Clinical Nutrition, Volume 40, Issue 4, 2021, Pages 1621-1627, ISSN 0261-5614, ttps:// j.clnu.2021.02.043.
  • Cebrián-Ponce, Á., Irurtia, A., Carrasco-Marginet, M., Saco-Ledo, G., Girabent-Farrés, M., & Castizo-Olier, J. (2021). Electrical Impedance Myography in Health and Physical Exercise: A Systematic Review and Future Perspectives. Frontiers in physiology, 12, 740877.
  • Garnacho-Castaño, MV, Albesa-Albiol, L., Serra-Payá, N., Gomis Bataller, M., Pleguezuelos Cobo, E., Guirao Cano, L., Guodemar-Pérez, J., Carbonell, T., Domínguez, R., & Maté-Muñoz, JL (2021). Oxygen Uptake Slow Component and the Efficiency of Resistance Exercises. Journal of strength and conditioning research, 35(4), 1014–1022.
  • García Vela R, Cabanas Valdés R, Huertas Ríos S, Donat Roca R, Monné Cuevas P, Moizé Arcone L, Calvo Sanz J. Analysis of the adjustment of self-filtering masks in combination with surgical masks for the protection of healthcare professionals in their care of patients affected by SARS-COV-2 based on an experimental study. Arch Prev Risks Labor [Internet]. April 15, 2021 [cited June 22, 2022];24(2):154-70.
  • Serra-Payá, N.; Garnacho-Castaño, MV; Sánchez-Nuño, S.; Albesa-Albiol, L.; Girabent-Farrés, M.; Moizé Arcone, L.; Fernandez, AP; García-Fresneda, A.; Castizo-Olier, J.; Vinals, X.; Molina-Raya, L.; Gomis Bataller, M. The Relationship between Resistance Exercise Performance and Ventilatory Efficiency after Beetroot Juice Intake in Well-Trained Athletes. Nutrients 2021, 13, 1094.
  • Selva, A., Selva, C., Álvarez-Pérez, Y., Torà, N., López, P., Terraza-Núñez, R., Rodríguez, V., Solà, I., & CyDESA group (2021) . Satisfaction and experience with colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review of validated patient reported outcome measures. BMC medical research methodology, 21(1), 230.
  • Sergi Nuell, Victor. R. Illera-Domínguez, Gerard Carmona, Xavier Alomar, Josep Maria Padullés, Mario Lloret & Joan Aureli Cadefau (2020) Hypertrophic muscle changes and sprint performance enhancement during a sprint-based training macrocycle in national-level sprinters, European Journal of Sport Science, 20:6, 793-802 , DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2019.1668063
  • Illa J, Fernandez D, Reche X, Carmona G and TarragɃJR (2020) Quantification of an Elite Futsal Team's Microcycle External Load by Using the Repetition of High and Very High Demanding Scenarios. front Psychol. 11:577624. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.577624
  • Fernández D, Varo F, Carmona G, Reche X. Quantification of external load of elite rink hockey players in official matches. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2020 Dec;60(12):1520-1525. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.20.11097-1. Epub 2020 Jun 30. PMID: 32608935.
  • Cabanas-Valdés, R., Serra-Llobet, P., Rodriguez-Rubio, PR, López-de-Celis, C., Llauró-Fores, M., & Calvo-Sanz, J. (2020). The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for improving upper limb spasticity and functionality in stroke patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical rehabilitation, 34(9), 1141–1156.
  • Rosa Cabanas-Valdés, Jordi Calvo-Sanz, Gerard Urrùtia, Pol Serra-Llobet, Albert Pérez-Bellmunt & Ana Germán-Romero (2020) The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy to reduce lower limb spasticity in stroke patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 27:2, 137-157, DOI: 10.1080/10749357.2019.1654242
  • Mascherini G, Zappelli E, Castizo Olier J, Leone B, Musumeci G, Totti V, Irurtia A, Roi GS, Mosconi G, Sella G, Nanni Costa A, Stefani L. Bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) in renal transplant recipients during an unsupervised physical exercise program. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2020 Apr;60(4):594-600. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.19.10181-8. PMID: 32396287.
  • Mascherini, Gabriele, Maria N. Ringressi, Jorge Castizo-Olier, Georgian Badicu, Alfredo Irurtia, Laura Stefani, Giorgio Galanti, and Antonio Taddei. 2020. "Preliminary Results of an Exercise Program After Laparoscopic Resective Colorectal Cancer Surgery in Non-Metastatic Adenocarcinoma: A Pilot Study of a Randomized Control Trial" Medicina 56, no. 2: 78.
  • Garnacho-Castaño, MV, Palau-Salvà, G., Serra-Payá, N. et al. Understanding the effects of beetroot juice intake on CrossFit performance by assessing hormonal, metabolic and mechanical response: a randomized, double-blind, crossover design. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 17, 56 (2020).
  • Vázquez-Guerrero, J., Fernández-Valdés, B., Gonçalves, B., & Sampaio, JE (2019). Changes in locomotive ratio during basketball game quarters from elite under-18 teams. Frontiers in Psychology, 2163.
  • Moras, G., Vázquez-Guerrero, J., Fernández-Valdés, B., Rosas-Casals, M., Weakley, J., Jones, B., & Sampaio, J. (2019). Structure of force variability during squats performed.
  • Memory of the creation of the Research Group with an inertial flywheel device under stable versus unstable surfaces. Human movement science, 66, 497-503.
  • Vazquez-Guerrero, J., Fernández-Valdés, B., Jones, B., Moras, G., Reche, X., & Sampaio, J. (2019). Changes in physical demands between game quarters of U18 elite official basketball games. PLoS One, 14(9), and 0221818.
  • Vázquez-Guerrero, J., Jones, B., Fernández-Valdés, B., Moras, G., Reche, X., & Sampaio, J. (2019). Physical demands of elite basketball during an official U18 international tournament. Journal of sports sciences, 37(22), 2530-2537
  • Carmona, G., Roca, E., Guerrero, M., Cussó, R., Bàrcena, C., Mateu, M., & Cadefau, J. (2019). Fibre-type-specific and Mitochondrial Biomarkers of Muscle Damage after Mountain Races. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(04), 253–262.
  • Guerrero, M., Carmona, G., Rodas, G., Cadefau, JA, Maestro, A., & Cussó, R. (2019). Assessment of muscle fiber adaptation in footballers using a new ELISA assay of myosin isoforms. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 59(11).
  • Weakley, J., Fernández-Valdés, B., Thomas, L., Ramirez-Lopez, C., & Jones, B. (2019). Criterion validity of force and power outputs for a commonly used flywheel resistance training device and bluetooth app. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 33
  • Nuell, S., Illera-Domínguez, V., Carmona, G., Alomar, X., Padullés, JM, Lloret, M., & Cadefau, JA (2019). Sex differences in thigh muscle volumes, sprint performance and mechanical properties in national-level sprinters. PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0224862.
  • Albesa-Albiol, L., Serra-Payá, N., Garnacho-Castaño, MA, Guirao Cano, L., Pleguezuelos Cobo, E., Maté-Muñoz, JL, & Garnacho-Castaño, MV (2019). Ventilatory efficiency during constant-load test at lactate threshold intensity: Endurance versus resistance exercises. PloS one, 14(5), and 0216824.
  • Garnacho-Castaño, M. V., Albesa-Albiol, L., Serra-Payá, N., Gomis Bataller, M., Felíu-Ruano, R., Guirao Cano, L., ... & Maté-Muñoz, JL (2019). The slow component of oxygen uptake and efficiency in resistance exercises: A comparison with endurance exercises. Frontiers in Physiology, 10, 357.


  • Castizo-Olier, J., Carrasco-Marginet, M., Roy, A., Chaverri, D., Iglesias, X., Pérez-Chirinos, C., ... & Irurtia, A. (2018). Bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) and body mass changes in an ultra-endurance triathlon event. Journal of sports science & medicine, 17(4), 571.
  • Pérez-Chirinos Buxadé, C., Solà-Perez, T., Castizo-Olier, J., Carrasco-Marginet, M., Roy, A., Marfell-Jones, M., & Irurtia, A. (2018). Assessing subcutaneous adipose tissue by simple and portable field instruments: Skinfolds versus A-mode ultrasound measurements. PloS one, 13(11), e0205226
  • Carmona, G., Mendiguchía, J., Alomar, X., Padullés, JM, Serrano, D., Nescolarde, L., Rodas, G., Cussó, R., Balius, R., & Cadefau, JA (2018). Time Course and Association of Functional and Biochemical Markers in Severe Semitendinosus Damage Following Intensive Eccentric Leg Curls: Differences between and within Subjects. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 54.
  • Illera-Domínguez, V., Nuell, S., Carmona, G., Padullés, JM, Padullés, X., Lloret, M., Cussó, R., Alomar, X., & Cadefau, JA (2018). Early Functional and Morphological Muscle Adaptations During Short-Term Inertial-Squat Training. Frontiers in Physiology, 9.
  • Pleguezuelos E, Casarramona P, Guirao L, Samitier B, Ortega P, Vila X, Carmen AD, Ovejero L, Moreno E, Serra N, Gomís M, Garnacho-Castaño MV, Miravitlles M. How whole-body vibration can help our COPD patients. Physiological changes at different vibration frequencies. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2018 Oct 18;13:3373-3380. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S165058. PMID: 30425467; PMCID: PMC6203116.
  • Medina, D., Pons, E., Gomez, A., Guitart, M., Martin, A., Vazquez-Guerrero, J., ... & Source, R. (2017). Are there potential safety problems concerning the use of electronic performance-tracking systems? The experience of a multisport elite club. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12
  • Carrasco-Marginet, M., Castizo-Olier, J., Rodríguez-Zamora, L., Iglesias, X., Rodríguez, FA, Chaverri, D., ... & Irurtia, A. (2017). Bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) for measuring the hydration status in young elite synchronized swimmers. PloS one, 12(6), e0178819.
  • Pardo, A., Mitjans, A., Baranda, L., Salamero, M., McKenna, J., Arteman, A., & Violán, M. (2016). The transition of medical students through residency: effects on physical activity and other lifestyle-related behaviors. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(5), 488-493.