General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

A hard tackle from Raquel Sebio to García
Clara Bergé Ortínez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


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



There is increasing scientific evidence to support the prescription of therapeutic physical activity for the prevention and treatment of various diseases, especially of non-communicable origin. The benefits of exercise are many and cover all systems including cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological, as well as improving other aspects of daily life of patients such as sleep quality, mood and quality of life in general. 

Despite these benefits, prescribing therapeutic physical activity is still a pending subject for a variety of reasons including lack of resources, misinformation, and physical and psychological barriers for patients. In this course we will address the general aspects of how to prescribe therapeutic physical activity in different diseases and special clinical populations, from how to assess physical abilities to identify deficiencies and alterations to how to prescribe the exercise in different types of patients taking into account their specific needs and possible precautions and / or recommendations. Aspects related to the change in behavior necessary to improve adherence and maintenance of the benefits obtained with the practice of physical activity will also be addressed. 

Learning outcomes

- RA29. Analyze the effects produced by the interventions. It evaluates benefits and risks and establishes an intervention criterion based on the priorities and effects pursued.

- RA22. Establishes the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient. 

- RA31. Assess the patient's physical and mental condition. It determines the level of security, dysfunctions, disabilities and limitations in both the individual and social spheres.

- RA32. Apply technologies for patient assessment. It incorporates new measuring instruments that facilitate the objectification of interventions. Participates in the validation of assessment tools for incorporation into clinical practice.

- RA52. Interact with other health and physical activity professionals to base an intervention plan based on the specific clinical diagnoses of each of the professions.

- RA27. Interacts with medical professionals to gain therapeutic efficacy. Set joint intervention goals. 

Working methodology

Type  Hours % Face-to-face
AF1. Theoretical classes 35 100%
AF3. Practical classes 23 100%
AF5. Tutorials 3 40%
AF6. Study and group work 8 10%
AF7. Study and autonomous, individual work 81 0%
Total 150  


The contents of this subject will be divided into three blocks:

1. Evaluation methods for prescribing therapeutic physical activity

  1. Risk assessment for the practice of therapeutic physical activity
  2. Assessment of aerobic capacity
  3. Assessment of muscle function
  4. Assessment of other physical abilities
  5. Assessment of physical activity levels

2. Prescription of therapeutic physical activity in special populations

  1. Musculoskeletal pathology
  2. Cardiorespiratory pathology
  3. Oncological pathology
  4. Metabolic pathology
  5. Neurological and neuromuscular pathology
  6. Other populations

3. Practical considerations for approaching the patient from therapeutic physical activity


Learning activities

  • MD1. Expository method or lecture: 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 in a cooperative way


Evaluation system

Assessment activity Weighting

SE3. Theory exam 50%

SE2. Oral presentation 25%

SE1. Electronic wallet 20%

SE5. Peer assessment 5%

To pass the course it is mandatory to attend at least 80% of the practical classes (excused absences are included 20% of absences) and obtain a rating of 5/10 in the theory exam.


Evaluation activity in recovery period                          Weighting

SE3. Theory exam 50%

According to current regulations, only those students who have obtained a grade of suspense during the ordinary period. Group work (continuous assessment) you can't recover.



Kisner, C. - Colby, L. (2005). Therapeutic Exercise. Fundamentals and Techniques. Editorial Panamericana

Gary Liguouri (2021). ACSM Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (11th Edition)


Carlos Balsalobre-Fernández, Pedro Jiménez-Reyes. (2014) Strength training. New Methodological Perspectives. ISBN-13: 978-84-616-7687-3. Available at: Entrenamiento_de_Fuerza_Balsalobre & Jimenez.pdf

Kathryn H. Schmitz (2020). Exercise Oncology. Prescribing Physical Activity Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis. Publisher Springer

Brad Schoenfeld (2016). Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy. Editorial Human Kinetics