General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Calvo Sanz
Arnau Gustems Morral 
Juan José García Tirado 
Luciana Moizé Arcone 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • B3_F That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that incorporate a reflection on relevant social, scientific and ethical issues


Specific skills
  • E2_F Know and understand the sciences, models, techniques and instruments on which physiotherapy is based, articulated and developed


  • E3_F Know and understand the methods, procedures and physiotherapeutic actions, aimed both at the actual therapy to be applied in the clinic for re-education or functional recovery, as well as carrying out activities aimed at promoting and maintaining health


  • E5_F Assess the functional status of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects


  • E7_F Design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency


Transversal competences
  • T2_F Demonstrate ability to organize and plan



The Skeletal Muscle Physiotherapy subject is mandatory training for the Physiotherapy Degree.

It will develop the main physical therapies for the treatment and intervention of musculoskeletal conditions.

Therefore, the subject consists of 2 interrelated blocks, which are indicated below:

Practical block:

-Stretching seminar

-Seminar of physical therapeutic agents (Electrothermotherapy)


In the teaching and teaching of this subject, he takes care to introduce and take into account the perspective of gender and sex in the teaching of his seminars given the differences in mobility-flexibility in the involvement in sex.


Learning outcomes

RA20. Identify the main physical agents used in physiotherapy interventions. Classify them according to their effect and importance and establish the order of priorities in their therapeutic application.

RA21. Analyzes the patient's expectations regarding their progress, demands and needs.

LO22. It establishes the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient.

RA23. Carry out the physiotherapeutic diagnosis to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that require a specific physiotherapy intervention.

RA25. Learn the basics of physiotherapy in musculoskeletal disorders. Specific evaluation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Main intervention techniques. Classification based on its physical principles and effects on the body.

RA26. Identifies the main musculoskeletal pathologies. Learn medical and surgical interventions, effects and results. Contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment and improvement of medical and / or surgical interventions.

Working methodology

The subject will include theoretical classes with a single group and theoretical and practical classes with small groups in Physiotherapy gyms. The classes will have the appropriate audiovisual support, as well as the provision of specific material in the practical demonstrations. The subject will have the teaching methodological resources allowed by the Moodle platform where teachers will generate learning activities and make available material and information to support learning.

Teaching methodologies: MD1 (expository method or lecture), MD2 (case study), MD3 (Solving exercises and problems), MD4 (ABP), MD5 (Project-oriented learning), MD6 (Cooperative learning)



Topic 1-General concepts on the use of physical therapeutic agents (Electrothermotherapy): Parameters, Classification of currents, etc.

Topic 2-Low Frequency Currents (single-phase and two-phase currents); galvanic direct current, faradic and neofaradic currents, exponential currents, symmetric and asymmetric biphasic currents, high voltage currents, Trabert's ultra-exciting currents, Bernard's dynamic currents; TEN currents 

Topic 3-Medium Frequency Currents: Interferential Currents; Russian or Kotz stimulation currents.

Topic 4-Muscle strengthening through the application of electric currents (Neuromuscular Electrostimulation - EENM)

Topic 5-High Frequency Currents (Ultrasounds-US)

Topic 6-Application of combined therapy: US + Low and Medium frequency currents

Topic 7-Introduction to Radio Frequency: Practical demonstrations of the Ttransference Eelectric Capassive and Rexisting (Tecartherapy)




Topic 1: Theoretical bases of musculotendinous stretching (definition, classification)

Topic 2: Practical application of self-stretching muscles and tendons

Topic 3: Practical application of assisted muscle and tendon stretching

Learning activities

Teaching methodologies:

MD1 (expository method or lecture), MD2 (case study), MD3 (Solving exercises and problems), MD4 (ABP), MD5 (Project-oriented learning), MD6 (Cooperative learning)


training activities

Type of activity



AF1.Theoretical classes



AF3.Practical classes



AF5. Tutorials



AF6.Study and group work



AF7.Study and individual independent work





Evaluation system



Evaluation systems

Evaluation system

Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting


SE1-electronic portfolio




SE2-oral presentation












SE5-peer assessment (2P2) or co-assessment






The subject is made up of a total of 2 blocks that weigh equally proportionally on the final mark of the subject (50% for each of the blocks). Below is the evaluation system set out in the set of the 2 blocks that make up the subject. In a general way, it will be essential to have independently passed each of the 2 blocks with a grade equal to or higher than 5 points in order to pass the subject, applying in this case, the average of the grades obtained between the 2 blocks.:


TP seminar on the application of physical therapeutic agents: Electrothermotherapy-(50%)

-Final practical exam of exposure on clinical cases of the topics worked on in class (45% of the grade for this blog)

-Continuous assessment- (AC) individual- Self-assessment: Exercises and/or class quizzes (25% of the grade for this blog)

-Group delivery electronic portfolio (30% of the grade for this block)


TP Stretching Seminar-(50%)

Final practical exam of the syllabus worked in class (50% of the grade for this blog)

Electronic portfolio of individual delivery (30% of the grade for this blog)

Oral presentation group work (20% of the grade for this blog)



It is an essential requirement to attend 80% of each of the practical blocks. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the subject being suspended and having to be taken again next year.


Recovery period



Students will have the option to retake the subject when the activities have been presented evaluators In each of the blocks, the type of assessment activity that can be recovered is determined:


For the electrothermotherapy TP seminar, in the event that the subject is not completed with an average grade of 5 in all sections, the student will have to recover according to the section that has been suspended, the group electronic portfolio not being recoverable .

For the stretching TP seminar, in the event that the subject is not completed with an average grade of 5 in all sections, the student will have to make up according to the section that has been suspended. The oral presentation will be recovered with a written work.

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.




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