General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Maria Mar Rovira Rodriguez
Núria Rabassa González 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

Catalan, Spanish and English


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues

  • B2. Apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of ​​study.

Specific skills
  • E14_F Incorporate the ethical and legal principles of the profession into professional practice, as well as integrate social and community aspects into decision-making


  • E15_F Participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy


  • E2 Promote the formation of lasting and autonomous habits of physical activity and sport

  • E6 Apply the physiological, biomechanical, behavioral and social principles to the different fields of physical activity and sport

  • E7 Identify the risks to health, the practice of inappropriate physical activities and sports and propose alternatives

  • E8 Assess the fitness, prescribe and develop health-oriented and safe physical exercises for these practitioners

  • E10 Carry out programs for sports organizations and entities in the field of Leisure, Tourism, Leisure, and Sports Entertainment

  • E13 Develop cognitive and technical resources for entrepreneurship in maritime, wellness and health activities

General competencies
  • G1 Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • G2 Acquire basic scientific training applied to physical activity and sport in its different manifestations

  • G5 Describe the behavioral and social factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • G7 Identify the effects of physical exercise on the psychological and social aspects of human beings

  • G8 Understand the basics, structures and functions of human motor skills and patterns

  • G11 Develop written and audiovisual texts related to the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

Transversal competences
  • T2 Apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to the field of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

  • T3 Use the sources of certified scientific knowledge in the field of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

  • T4 Apply knowledge to their work in a professional way with the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within the area of ​​Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

  • T5 Develop leadership skills, interpersonal relationships and teamwork

  • T6 Generate resources for adapting to new situations and solving problems, and for autonomous learning and creativity

  • T7 Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice

  • T8 Act within the ethical principles necessary for the correct professional exercise according to the normative framework

  • T9 Communicate fluently in English, both orally and in writing, in professional and academic contexts

  • T1 Understand the scientific literature in the field of physical activity and sport in English and other languages ​​with a significant presence in the scientific field.


The subject of Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport provides CAFE students with basic knowledge about the psychological aspects that occur in the performance of physical activity and in the dynamics of training and sports competition.

This knowledge is applicable to most career opportunities (fitness monitor, personal trainer, physical trainer, sports technician, teacher ...) because they allow better understanding and connection with the people to whom these professionals are addressed (improving their leadership ), and because they are a help in order to be able to better optimize the dynamics of training (improving the technical facet from incorporating and managing the psychological processes in learning and performance).

The approach of the subject (part-time and with participatory dynamics) implies for the students an important work of individual and autonomous way as well as in groups and participating in the different seminars and programmed exercises.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured. The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

- Apply, based on knowledge, the behavioral principles in the educational, recreational, physical activity and health context and sports training.

- Carry out the analysis of specific behaviors in the various contexts of professional intervention.

- Choose behavior modification techniques that can be used in the different areas of professional action.

Working methodology

This is a part-time subject. This means that there is a% part of the subject that is done in person, in the classroom, with different activities individually or in groups of students and a% of the subject that is worked autonomously, outside of the classroom.

The methodology in part-time subjects requires the responsibility of the student, and their good time management.

The methodology of the subject will be carried out combining face-to-face classroom time, with autonomous work time, with the support of the virtual learning environment. The percentage of time the student spends is distributed as follows:




Virtual face-to-face, asynchronous and face-to-face sessions in the classroom (theory presentation, seminars, personalized tutorials)

Theoretical presentations with audiovisual support, simulations, role-playing games, group work, application of practice to theory, problem-based learning (PBL), presentations by students, simulations




Personal study, problem solving, information search (bibliography, webography), guided work (questionnaires, wikis, debates, forums ...), model reproduction, video capsules, problem solving



Both in the face-to-face sessions and in the autonomous work, the student will work individually and in work groups.


Each ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours of student dedication, considering the time invested in the total of the activities related to the face-to-face time and the time of autonomous work, that the professor of the subject guides, as well as the reading times, information search, connection to the Virtual Classroom, elaboration of works.




Subject 1. Introduction to the Psychology and to the Psychology of the Sport

  • Psychology. Definition and object of study
  • Historical evolution of psychology. Schools
  • The Psychology of Sport. Definition and object of study.
  • Historical evolution of Sport Psychology.
  • The role of the Sports Psychologist. Areas of intervention and professional accreditation.

Topic 2. Introduction to the instruments and tools of data collection in psychology

  • Evaluation in Sports Psychology: initial exploration, follow-up and assessment.
  • Questionnaires and tests most used in Sports Psychology: available tools (CBAS, ICE, SAS-2...).
  • Interviews: formats and applications.
  • Observation methodology: procedures and instruments for external observation and self-observation.


Subject 3. The socialization through the sport

  • Definition
  • The transmission of values ​​through sport
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Sexual abuse and gender violence.


Topic 4. Motivation and emotion

  • What is motivation. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Motivation in the sports context: tools and applications.
  • What are emotions. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Emotions in the sports context: tools and applications.

Item 5. Self-confidence

  • What is self-confidence and its impact on performance.
  • Main models applied to the sports field.
  • Tools to work on self-confidence.

Item 6. Attention and concentration 

  • What is attention. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Improving attention and concentration: strategies applied.

Item 7. The personality

  • Concept of personality
  • Main theories of personality applied to sport
  • Personality and sport: applications in the field of sport

Item 8. Anxiety and stress

  • Concept and definition of stress, anxiety and activation.
  • Main theories and models used in sport.
  • Sources and effects of anxiety in sport: competitive anxiety.
  • Strategies to control the level of stress and anxiety in athletes


Item 9. Leadership

  • Types of leadership. Characteristics and evaluation tools.
  • Management skills. Managerial behavior and supportive behavior
  • Strategies applied to be an effective leader

Item 10. Communication

  • Definition and characteristics.
  • Theoretical models most applied to sports
  • Strategies for effective communication

Topic 11. Group management

  • The management of conflicts in the sporting field.
  • Main personal skills for group management. Practical examples.
  • Strategies from sports psychology




Item 12. The laws of learning

  • Principles of classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Behavioral assessment. Basic concepts and application to sport.
  • Behavioral techniques: the CBAS questionnaire.


Item 13. The psychological risks of sport

  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders: anorexia and bulimia
  • Mental health

Item 14. Psychology of injuries 

  • Theoretical models most used in the intervention of injuries
  • Pain psychology: basic principles.
  • Phases of an intervention in injury recovery. Case study.

Item 15. The psychology of arbitration  

  • Introduction to the psychology of arbitration
  • Creation of a psychological training plan for referees 

Item 16. The withdrawal of the athlete

  • Psychological factors of sports withdrawal
  • Contextual factors of sports retirement
  • Preparation for retirement.



Learning activities

The activities of the subject follow the system of continuous evaluation, that is to say, that throughout the term the professor raises several activities, that the students must solve and deliver. The work of each one of the activities allows to value to the student the follow-up that does to the asignatura and the elements of improvement, from the comments and notes that the professor will do of the activities. 
The proposed activities can be individual or in work groups. The teacher gives the instructions so that the students can elaborate and deliver them. All the activities proposed are designed so that students have a practical perspective on the topics that are developed throughout the ten weeks of the term. 

Evaluation system

Qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September, which establishes the European credit system and the system of qualifications in university degrees of an official nature and valid throughout the state):

  • 0-4,9: Suspension (SS)
  • 5,0-6,9: Approved (AP)
  • 7,0-8,9: Notable (NT)
  • 9,0 - 10: Excellent (EX)

The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment through different assessment activities. The pass of the subject is obtained with a grade equal to or higher than 5 points (out of 10 points) according to the following weighting table:


Evaluation activity



Continued avaluation


G9, B2, G6, B3, G12

Final Exam


G9, B2, G6, B3, G12


Therefore, the acquisition of skills by the student will be assessed through the system of continuous assessment and through a final exam.  


Final Exam

The final exam has a total weighting of 50% of the overall grade of the subject.

NECESSARY criteria to average between the evaluation activities:

Evaluation activity

Criteria for averaging

Continued avaluation

≥ 5/10

Final Exam

≥ 5/10


The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason


Continuous Evaluation

It has a total weighting of 50% of the overall grade of the subject. In order to be entitled to the final exam, the student must pass the continuous assessment (minimum grade 5). If the continuous assessment is suspended, the subject is automatically suspended. Continuous assessment is not subject to recovery.





Seminar and individual work

Deactivation techniques


Group work

Communication Seminar


Group work

Ruler Seminars



There will be a resit exam to be done early next quarter. In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

The notes of seminars will be saved, works to do average with the recovery exam. In the case of failing, students must take the course the following year and no notes will be saved.

Evaluation activity in the recovery period







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