General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Alba Pardo Fernandez
Marta Carrasco Marginet 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

Some materials may be in English


Basic skills
  • CB4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience, both specialized and non-specialized

  • CB2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study

Specific skills
  • CE7_Know the pathophysiological processes and their manifestations and the risk factors that determine the states of health and disease in the different stages of the life cycle

  • CE13_Apply the nursing process to provide and guarantee the well-being, quality and safety of the people being cared for

General competencies
  • CG10_Protect the health and well-being of the people, family or groups cared for, ensuring their safety

  • CG6_Basing nursing interventions on scientific evidence and available media

  • CG9_Foster healthy lifestyles, self-care, supporting the maintenance of preventive and therapeutic behaviors

  • CG11_Establish effective communication with patients, family, social groups and peers and promote health education

  • CG12_Know the ethical and deontological code of Spanish nursing, understanding the ethical implications of health in a social context of transformation

  • CG14_Establish evaluation mechanisms, considering the scientific-technical and quality aspects

  • CG15_Working with the team of professionals as a basic unit in which the professionals and other staff of the healthcare organizations are structured in a unified and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way

  • CG1_To be able, in the field of nursing, to give adequate technical and professional attention to the health needs of the people they care for, in accordance with their state of development of the scientific knowledge of each moment and with the levels of quality and safety that are established in the applicable legal and deontological norms

  • CG2_Planning and providing nursing care aimed at individuals, families or groups, oriented to health outcomes, assessing its impact, through clinical practice and care guidelines, which describe the processes by which a patient is diagnosed, treated or treated health problem

  • CG17_Perform nursing care based on comprehensive health care, which involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care

  • CG19_Enjoy autonomy and critical ability to use ICT


The practice of physical activity is one of the main determinants of health. Currently, physical inactivity is the fourth cause of death in the world and increases the risk of suffering from numerous chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer. Nursing professionals have a primary role in health promotion through advice and prescription of physical activity. 

The role of the nurse in the sports medicine environment must be approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will be necessary to work together with several professionals who encompass the various areas and factors that condition the practice of sports, whether it is aimed at (competitive) sports performance or health and the maintenance of an optimal quality of life. 

In this subject, the general principles of the promotion of physical activity and the recommendations of a healthy physical activity practice for different population groups will be addressed, as well as the knowledge of the different strategies for its promotion. Students will be introduced to the area of ​​knowledge of the analysis of body composition, somatotype and body proportionality of the athlete. 


The contents of the subject are summarized in two blocks:

Block 1: Sports nursing Professor Marta Carrasco Marginet

1. Role of the sports nurse in the field of sports medicine

  1. Multidisciplinary team
  2. Integral role of the sports nurse

2. ISAK accreditation + Introduction to the anthropometric method

  1. Body composition of the athlete
  2. Somatotype of the athlete
  3. Proportionality of the athlete


Block 2: Physical Activity Nursing Professor Alba Pardo Fernandez

1. Epidemiology of sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity.

2. Health benefits of physical activity. Current physical activity recommendations for different population groups.

3. Physical activity as healthy behavior.

  1. Psychological models that explain the change of habits
  2. Motivational interview for physical activity
  3. Strategies to motivate a person to adopt and maintain physical activity

4. Role of the nursing professional in the field of primary care.

  1. Lifestyle medicine
  2. The prescription of physical activity in different populations.
  3. The prescription of physical activity in different diseases (cardiovascular, metabolic, emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, dementia, cancer, pathologies of the locomotor system, etc.).

5. Practical sessions of healthy physical activity.

Evaluation system

The system for evaluating the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different evaluation activities for Subject 8 - Optionality:


Evaluation system Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting

SE1. Exam 20% 60%
SE2. Individual works 5% 40%
SE3. Teamwork 5% 40%
SE4. Classroom participation 5% 40%
SE5. Seminars 5% 40%


A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means 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.

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.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.



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Esparza M, Vaquero-Cristóbal R, Marfell-Jones M. (2019). International Protocol for Anthropometric Assessment. International Society for the Advancement of Cineanthropometry 

Norton K, Olds T. (2004). Anthropometrics. A text book of body measurement for sports and health courses. Australia: UNSW Press.  

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 Comprehensive plan for the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating (PAAS). Government of Catalonia

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Lee, IM, Shiroma, EJ, Lobelo, F., Puska, P., Blair, SN, & Katzmarzyk, PT (2012). Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy. The Lancet, 380(9838), 219-229.

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World Health Organization. (‎2020)‎. WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary habits: at a glance. World Health Organization.