General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

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
  • 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
  • Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • 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

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


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.




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 injuries and their 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

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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Gutierrez, IR (2011). Pathophysiology as a fundamental basis of clinical diagnosis. Editorial Médica Panamericana.

Porth, CM. (2009). Pathophysiology. Health-illness: a conceptual approach (3rd edition). Editorial Médica Panamericana.

Bahr, R., Maehlum, S. (2007). Sports Injuries. Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Editorial Médica Panamericana.


Wilmore, JH, Costill, DL (2006). Physiology of effort and sport. Editorial Paidotribo.

Serra Grima, JR, Begur Calafat, C. (2004). Prescription of Physical Exercise for Health. Barcelona: Ed. Paidotribo.

López Chicharro, J., López Mojares, LM., Eds. (2008). Clinical Exercise Physiology. Editorial Médica Panamericana.

López Chicharro, J. (2006). Exercise Physiology (3rd edition). Editorial Médica Panamericana.

Durstine, JL (2009). ACSM's exercise management for persons with chronic diseases and disabilities. Ed. Human Kinetics.

Miralles Marrero, R., Miralles Rull, I. (2005). Clinical biomechanics of the tissues and joints of the musculoskeletal system (2nd Edition). Editorial Elsevier Masson

Balius, R., Pedret, R. (2013). Muscle Injuries in Sport. Editorial Médica Panamericana.