General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Jorge Castizo Olier

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English

There may be subject material (ex: scientific articles) that is in 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

Specific skills
  • 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

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

  • G4 Describe the physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • G6 Recognize the effects of physical activity on the structure and function of the human body

Transversal competences
  • 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


As a professional in physical activity and sport, undergraduate students must understand in depth the functioning of the body during physical exercise, as well as know the way in which the different systems respond before the physical training

The main objective of this subject is for students to acquire the necessary skills to identify the adaptations that occur in the body as a result of physical exercise in order to improve performance and/or improve the functionality of the different organs and systems, thus increasing the person's functional capacity.

In the Physiology of Exercise II subject, undergraduate students must acquire specific knowledge about the evaluation of anaerobic and aerobic metabolism as well as know the effects that physical exercise exerts on the human body in special conditions of 'environmental stress, altitude, etc., and in other different contexts. On the other hand, the social and environmental relevance of the gender perspective will be emphasized, through the topics of "Sex, gender and physical exercise" and "Atmospheric pollution and physical exercise", as well as through information search activities and critical debates.

To take this subject, it is recommended that students have successfully passed the skills to be assessed in the Exercise Physiology subject, as well as having a clear understanding of the anatomical concepts studied in the Anatomy subject.

Regarding the dynamics of the sessions, the subject is face-to-face. Face-to-face teaching and learning requires a significant effort on the part of both the students and the teaching staff. It is essential that the requested tasks are carried out within the established deadlines in order to make good use of the sessions and thus achieve a correct learning process. This subject has methodological and digital resources to make it possible to continue it in a non-face-to-face mode if necessary. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills specified in this teaching plan will be ensured. The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools necessary to carry out the subject, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-face-to-face mode.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply, based on knowledge, the anatomy and physiology involved in the body systems that determine human movement. As well as accurately explaining the terminology of exercise physiology.
  • Interpret, based on knowledge, the acute and chronic effects caused by physical exercise, as well as its evaluation through basic field and laboratory tests: metabolic and cardiorespiratory variables, considering the biological differences by age and gender.
  • Apply, based on knowledge, the changes and adaptations that occur due to the variation of age, gender and environmental stress.

Working methodology




Theoretical sessions


Face-to-face sessions with

audiovisual material

Group work


Role-playing games, problem-based learning, practical application of theory

Internships / Seminars


Practical sessions of physiology / Realization of seminars


1. Functional evaluation of metabolism

a. Evaluation of anaerobic metabolism
b. Evaluation of aerobic metabolism

2. Regulation and control of other functional systems in physical exercise

a. Hormonal function and physical exercise
b. Renal function and physical exercise
c. Gastrointestinal function and exercise

3. Influence of the environment on responses and adaptations to physical exercise.

a. Altitude and physical exercise
b. Temperature and exercise
c. Hyperbaric, microgravity and exercise
d. Air pollution and physical exercise

4. Influence of sex and age on responses and adaptations to physical exercise

a. Sex, gender and physical exercise
b. Age and physical exercise

5. Fatigue control during responses and adaptations to exercise

a. Etiology of fatigue in physical exercise
b. Delayed muscle pain in exercise
c. Chronic fatigue and exercise
d. Fatigue recovery

Learning activities

The subject's activities follow the continuous assessment system, that is to say that throughout the term the teaching staff proposes several activities, which the students must solve and hand in. The work of each of the activities allows students to be assessed, the follow-up they do in the subject and the elements of improvement, based on the comments and notes that the teachers will make of the activities.

The proposed activities can be individual or in work groups. The teachers give the instructions so that the students can prepare and deliver them. All the activities that are proposed are designed so that the students have a practical perspective of the topics that develop throughout the ten weeks of the term.




Theoretical sessions

Face-to-face sessions with

audiovisual material

Group work

Role-playing games, problem-based learning, practical application of theory

Internships / seminars

Practical physiology sessions

Evaluation system

The assessment will consist of a recognition of the level of learning achieved by the student, materialized in the numerical grade, in accordance with the provisions of current legislation.

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 (SB)

The student's grade is the result of a continuous assessment and a final assessment. Passing the subject is obtained with a grade equal to or greater than 5 points (out of 10 points), according to the following weighting table and NECESSARY criteria to make the average between the assessment activities:


Evaluation activity


Individual projects

30% (not recoverable)


20% (not recoverable)

Final exam

50% (5 / 10)


Evaluation activity in recovery period



50% (5 / 10)


The individual work will consist of carrying out different activities (eg: quizzes in Moodle about the practices). On the other hand, the group work will deal with one of the subjects of the subject and will be proposed by the teaching staff.

In accordance with UPF regulations, you can only opt for recovery if the subject has been suspended. If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be eligible for recovery. The note of the other parties will be kept during the recovery period.

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.



W. Larry Kenney, Jack H. Wilmore & David L. Costill (2012). Physiology of sport and exercise (5th ed). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics

José López Chicharro & Almudena Fernández Vaquero (2006). Physiology of exercise (3rd ed). Madrid: Medica Panamericana

William McArdle, Frank Katch, & Victor Katch (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy and Human Performance (8th ed). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


Gerard J. Tortora & Bryan Derrickson (2013). Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (13th ed). Pan American

Joan Ramon Barbany (2002). Physiology of physical exercise and training (1st ed). Barcelona: Paidotribo

Dee U. Silverthorn (2008). Human physiology; an integrated approach (4th ed.). Madrid: Panamericana

Arthur Guyton & John E. Hall (2011). Medical Physiology. Buenos Aires: Pan American

Ricardo Mora Rodríguez, Jesús García Pallarés & Juan Fernandez Ortega Fonseca (2009). Sport and exercise physiology. Field and laboratory tests (1st ed). Madrid: Panamericana