General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Roger Font Ribas
Manuel Gomis Bataller 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • English


Specific skills
  • 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

General competencies
  • 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

  • G9 Understand the basics of fitness for physical activity and sport

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

  • 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.


La prescription of physical exercise for health is a subject related to different areas of health and linked to the branch of medicine. 

Scientific evidence demonstrates the influence of sedentary lifestyle on the development of the most prevalent pathologies in modern society. Physical activity is the most effective instrument for maintaining the physiological functions of such important systems as cardiovascular, respiratory or locomotor, which slows down the deterioration caused by aging and chronic pathologies, as well as contributes to better quality. of health-related life. Prescribing exercise and an active lifestyle contributes to physical, social, mental and emotional health and improved quality of life.

Lmain objective of the subject is to train students to design, plan and evaluate different health exercise prescription programs for healthy population and for specific population considering differences according to age, gender and health problem. The student will learn to apply, identify and select specific instruments to measure the levels of physical activity and different health parameters linked to the physical, psychological and social dimension of people.

The student must keep in mind that the subject of Prescription of physical exercise for health does not focus on the role of physical activity in the rehabilitation and treatment of pathologies, but on the prevention of diseases. well-being and improving the quality of life. In each of the topics in the content block, a complete overview of the key concepts and the most important findings of scientific studies will be provided and the limitations and shortcomings of the scientific literature will be discussed.

The dynamics of the sessions they will combine lectures, seminars and internships during the term. Face-to-face teaching and learning requires a significant effort on the part of both students and teachers. It is essential that the tasks requested are carried out within the established deadlines in order to make good use of the face-to-face sessions and thus achieve a correct learning process.

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.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify risks in activities of different types of population (gender, age and disability) as well as be able to advise them, to intervene appropriately in the event of an accident and to carry out first aid practices.

2. Develop technically and scientifically and develop intervention programs through physical activity to increase the quality of life of people who have seen their health decreased by:

  • Metabolic and/or endocrinological alterations, considering biological differences by gender.
  • Alterations of the locomotor system, considering differences by age, gender and/or disability.
  • Alterations of the cardiorespiratory system, considering differences due to age, sex and/or disability.
  • Sensory alterations, considering differences by age, gender and/or disability.

3. Develop technically-scientifically and develop personalized programs aimed at health, as well as the prevention of pathologies caused by the practice of physical activity and sport and know how to intervene in the recovery and physical rehabilitation of the competition athlete .

Working methodology

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:




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 (ABP), presentations by students




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.




BLOCK I. Conceptual and historical framework of physical activity for health.

BLOCK II. Characteristics of physical activity programs for health and improvement of quality of life. 

BLOCK III. Physical activity in special populations. 



The student will have a script for each of the practical sessions and face-to-face seminars which will specify, among other things, the place (theory room, computer room, sports facilities, etc.), the date, the specific or operational objectives, the necessary material, the structure of the session and the tasks to be performed in the session.

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) that establishes the European system of credits and the system of qualifications to the university degrees of official character and validity in all the state territory:

0 - 4,9: Suspended

5,0 - 6,9: Approved

7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent


The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment and a final assessment. 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



 Individual activities









NECESSARY criteria for averaging between the evaluation activities: 


Evaluation Activity

Criteria for averaging



Individual activities in class and/or moddle


Average of 5 among all tasks performed


Group activities in class and/or moddle


Average of 5 among all tasks performed


Theoretical Exam




The final exam will include the theoretical-practical contents that have been taught during the course, both in the theoretical and practical classes and will be carried out at the end of the subject, during the evaluation period of the term in which it is taught and / or or during the recovery period. 


- Mandatory minimum attendance at group practices and seminars of 80%. Only excused absences due to illness or injury certified by a doctor with their membership number will be accepted. 

- Qualification of individual activities and group activities must be at least 5 out of 10 possible points average of all the tasks performed. If the average is less than 5, it will be necessary to make one NEW TASK in order to recover this section of the evaluation.

- Pass the Final theoretical exam with a minimum score of 5 out of 10.


If the continuous assessment is not passed due to non-compliance with the necessary requirements described above, the student will fail the subject. 

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. 



Within the same course, there is the possibility of recovering skills not achieved during the course. In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if the exam has been suspended. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

To recover the theoretical part, you will need to take a new Theoretical Exam and pass it with a minimum grade of 5 out of 10.

To recover the Individual and Group Activities if the average mark of all the tasks is lower than 5 points out of 10, it will be necessary to complete a NEW Task and obtain a minimum mark of 5 points out of 10.


Evaluation activity


 Individual activities




 Final exam




All the activities will have specific dates that will be communicated to the student at the beginning of the subject through the Schedule.

The schedule and all content of the subject can be modified by force majeure due to events caused by the COVID.




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