General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Manuel Gomis Bataller
Roger Font Ribas 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • Apply their knowledge to their job or vocation, in a professional way to obtain skills that are demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of ​​study


Specific skills
  • Promote the formation of lasting and independent habits of physical activity and sport

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

  • Identify the risks that arise for health, from the practice of inappropriate physical activities and sports and propose alternatives 

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

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

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

  • Understand the basics of fitness for physical activity and sport

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

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

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


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.

In addition, the social and environmental relevance of the gender perspective will be emphasized, through the course syllabus, as well as through information search activities and critical debates.



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.

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


Any Note


Group activities in class and/or moddle


Any Note


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. 


- Compulsory minimum attendance at group practices and seminars of 80% and only absences justified by illness or injury certified by a doctor with their membership number will be accepted. 

- Qualification of the individual activities must be at least 5 out of 10 possible points averaged over all the tasks carried out.
- Qualification of group practices must be equal to or higher than 5 out of 10 possible points with an average of 80% attendance of all tasks completed.  


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.


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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