General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Cristina Alonso Corral
Eulalia Bassas Bullich 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan


Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • E5_Assess the functional state of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects


  • E6_Assess the diagnosis of physiotherapy care according to standards and with internationally recognized validation instruments


  • E7_Design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to the criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency


  • E8_Execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user


  • E9_Assess the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set


  • E10_Prepare the discharge report for physiotherapy care once the proposed objectives have been met


  • E13_Ability to work in professional teams as a basic unit in which professionals and other staff of healthcare organizations are structured in a unified or multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way


  • E16_Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care


Transversal competences
  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



Neurological physiotherapy is a subject that aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge to understand the basic principles of neurorehabilitation as well as the main neurological effects in adult patients. Likewise, the student will be provided with the notions, tools and strategies necessary to assess the patient, as well as plan and execute the treatment.

This subject ensures the introduction of the gender perspective in both content and development.

Learning outcomes

  • RA22_Establishes the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient.
  • RA23_ Carry out the physiotherapy diagnosis to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that will require a specific physiotherapy intervention.
  • RA26_ Identify the main musculoskeletal pathologies. Learn about medical-surgical interventions, effects and results. Contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment and improvement of medical and/or surgical interventions.
  • RA27_Interacts with medical professionals to gain therapeutic effectiveness. Establish joint intervention objectives.

Working methodology




AF1. Theoretical classes

17,5 hours


AF3. Practical classes

35 hours


AF5. Tutorials

15 hours


AF6. Group work study

10 hours


AF7. Study and individual independent work

72,5 hours






  1. Introduction to Neurorehabilitation
    1. Neuroplasticity
  2. Clinical history:
    1. Observation, assessment exploration
    2. Formulation of objectives
    3. Treatment planning
  3. Nervous System Pathologies:   
    1. Stroke
    2. Cranio-encephalic injuries
    3. Spinal cord injury
    4. Neurodegenerative Diseases:
      1. Parkinson's
      2. Multiple Sclerosis
      3. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    5. Cerebellar syndromes: Ataxia                                                                                                                    
  4. Approaches in neurological physiotherapy:
    1. Bobath concept or neuro-evolutionary treatment
    2. Cognitive Therapeutic Exercise or Perfect Method
    3. Task-oriented training
    4. Restrictive therapy

Learning activities

  • MD1_ Expository method or master lesson: transmit knowledge and activate the student's cognitive processes through unidirectional learning
  • MD2_ Case study: acquire learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases
  • MD3_ Solving exercises and problems: exercise, rehearse and put into practice the previous knowledge
  • MD6_ Cooperative learning: foster active and meaningful knowledge cooperatively.

Evaluation system

Evaluation activity


SE3. Exam

(40% theoretical – 20% practical)


SE1. Electronic portfolio


SE5. Peer assessment or co-assessment


Attendance at the practical classes is mandatory for 80%. The student who does not meet this requirement will be recorded as NOT PRESENTED and will not be able to be evaluated (theoretical or practical exam) and will not have the option of recovery.

The theoretical and practical exam must be passed with a minimum of 5, to make an average and pass the subject. The subject is approved with a minimum total average of 5.

The total or partial copying of any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without the option to take the recovery test and without prejudice to the opening of a file for this reason


The grades obtained during the quarter resulting from the continuous assessment cannot be recovered and therefore the marks will be kept as part of the final mark of the subject (both passed and failed).

Students who have failed the practical and / or theoretical exam will be entitled to a resit exam.

(According to current regulations, you can only opt for recovery if the subject has been suspended. If the grade is Not presented, you will not be able to opt for recovery.)



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