General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Sara González Millán
Roger Font Ribas 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • 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
  • 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
  • G1 Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • 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
  • 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

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

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


Pathophysiology is a branch of medicine closely related to anatomy, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, pharmacology and morphological sciences that is dedicated to the study of the mechanisms by which the different diseases, which allows us to explain why the symptoms occur and the various manifestations that accompany it.

Pathophysiology in physical activity and sport studies the most common diseases, the mechanisms of production and how these are related to physical activity and sport through a conceptual, historical and methodological study.

So, the main objective of the subject will be to train the student to be able to examine the relationship between moderate and regular physical activity and the improvement of physical condition and health in people with different pathologies. It also aims to show how an active lifestyle contributes to physical and mental health and the improvement of quality of life.


( ) Exceptional situation due to covid 19. 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 modality, if necessary.

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 the biological differences by gender.
  • alterations of the locomotor system, considering differences by age, gender and / or disability.
  • alterations of the cardiorespiratory system, considering differences by age, sex and / or disability.
  • sensory alterations, considering differences by age, gender and / or disability.

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, personalized tutorials)

Theoretical presentations with audiovisual support, individual and group work, application of practice to theory, problem-based learning (PBL), 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. Pathophysiology of diseases and their relationship with physical activity

- Diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, endocrinometabolic and oncological diseases .....

BLOCK II. Pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal system and its relationship with physical activity and sport: 

- Muscle-tendon injuries, joints, upper and lower extremities, assessment and exploration of the athlete in the prevention of injuries ...

BLOCK III. Basic Life Support

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

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. 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 and NECESSARY criteria to average between the evaluation activities:


Evaluation activity


Criteria for averaging


 Individual projects



(Not recoverable)


 Work in group



(Not recoverable)






Evaluation activity in recovery period


Criteria for averaging

 Final exam




The individual work they will consist of quizzes, class activities, participation in forums, throughout the term.

El group work will focus on one of the topics of the subject and will be presented in class at the end of the term.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery. The other grades (individual work and group work) will be maintained in the recovery period.

La full or partial copy in any of the learning activities would mean a "Not Presented"in the subject, without option to appear in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.




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