General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Sonia Pineda Hernandez

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually in their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

Specific skills
  • Carry out the teaching-learning processes related to physical activity and sport, paying attention to the individual, collective and contextual characteristics of people.

  • 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 

General competencies
  • Identify the effects of physical exercise on the psychological and social aspects of human beings

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

  • Develop leadership skills, interpersonal relationships and teamwork



The optional subject Psychology of injury provides CAFE students with basic knowledge about the psychological aspects that occur
during the process of sports injuries.

This knowledge is applicable for most professional outings (fitness monitor, personal trainer, physical trainer, sports technician ...)
because they allow better understanding and connection with injured people with whom these professionals will be able to work and because they are a help in the face of
to be able to better optimize the dynamics of readaptation.

The approach of the subject (part-time and with very participatory dynamics) involves working both individually and autonomously as well as in
groups and participate in scheduled work and exercises.

The objectives of the subject are:

  • Study the history of sports injuries in order to know the possible causes of these.
  • Know different ways to prevent injuries in order to avoid the conditions that can lead to them.
  • Psychologically manage injuries (reactions, strategies, ...).
  • Know the psychological aspects present in the readjustments and some special situations to take into account.


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.


Topic 1. Background of sports injuries (PRE-INJURY)

  1. Meet the athletes
  2. Environmental and psychological factors that predispose to sports injuries

Topic 2. Injury prevention (PRE-INJURY)

  1. Healthy lifestyle and habits
  2. Invisible training
  3. Stress
  4. Activation and concentration

Topic 3. Psychological management of the injury (DURING THE INJURY)

  1. Reactions to injured athletes
  2. Reactions of the athletes to the injury
  3. Psychological strategies for rehabilitation
  • Communication
  • Goal setting
  • Conscious work and confidence building
  • Visualization
  • Decrease in activation

Item 4. Rehabilitation and special situations (POST-INJURY)

  1. Confidence and fear management
  2. Management of relapses and abandonment
  3. Pain management
  • Athletes who have to compete injured

Evaluation system

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 (EX)

The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment through different assessment activities. 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 Weighting Skills
Continuous evaluation 60% G9, B2, G6, B3, G12
Final exam 40%

G9, B2, G6, B3, G12

Therefore, the acquisition of skills by the student will be assessed through the system of continuous assessment and through a final exam.  

Continuous Evaluation

It has a total weighting of 60% of the overall grade of the subject. In order to be entitled to the final exam, the student must pass the continuous assessment (minimum grade 5). If the continuous assessment is suspended, the subject is automatically suspended.





Criterion to be able to average

Individual work

Analysis of the personal experience of an injury


Mandatory delivery

Any grade (the total average of the assessment
must reach 5 to pass)

Work in pairs

Provide a case of an injured athlete
Identify and describe the case based on the concepts worked on (psychological universe)


Mandatory delivery

Any grade (the total average of the assessment
must reach 5 to pass)

Work in group

Design of a program to prevent injuries: how to apply the theory to the specific practice of a club, team or group


Mandatory delivery

Any grade (the total average of the assessment
must reach 5 to pass)

Individual work

Psychological management of the rehabilitation of an injured athlete


Mandatory delivery

Any grade (the total average of the assessment
must reach 5 to pass)


Final Exam

The final exam has a total weighting of 40% of the overall grade of the subject and will consist of the resolution of cases. 

In order to pass the subject, the student must take the final exam and pass it (minimum grade 5). If the exam is suspended and the continuous assessment is approved, it can be retaken.


Therefore, the NECESSARY criteria to average between the assessment activities are:

Evaluation activity Criteria for averaging
Continuous evaluation 5/10
Final exam 5/10


Recovery system

There will be a make-up exam. In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

The notes of seminars will be saved, works to do average with the recovery exam. In the case of failing, students must take the course the following year and no notes will be saved.

Evaluation activity in the recovery period





IMPORTANT: 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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