General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Esther Wall Gimeno
Manel Cruz Cotes 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


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


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


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


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


  • E11_Provide effective physiotherapy care, providing comprehensive care to patients


  • 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


  • E23_Identify the effects of the practice of physical exercise on the psychological and social aspects of human beings


  • E24_Understand the basics of fitness for the practice of physical activity and sport


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



This subject aims to show the different environment where it is possible to perform a Physiotherapy treatment. He will work on the aquatic environment and on horse-assisted therapy, focusing on Hippotherapy.

Water is an environment that offers different possibilities when working. The benefits are proven in recent years. Patients report the feeling that in this environment they can perform activities that they cannot carry out outside. The job of the physiotherapist is to discover and guide these proposals and make them useful out of the water.

Hippotherapy is a fairly innovative technique that is being used to treat patients with different pathologies. It is a multidisciplinary therapy and with this subject it is intended that the student can achieve both basic and deep objectives and knowledge about Hippotherapy. 

“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. ”

Learning outcomes


It applies, based on knowledge, the behavioral principles in the context of education, recreation, physical activity and health and sports training.

Choose behavior modification techniques that can be used in different areas of professional action.

It analyzes the patient's expectations regarding their evolution, demand and needs.

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

Perform the physiotherapeutic diagnosis to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that will require a specific physiotherapy intervention.

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

Identifies the main treatments used in physiotherapy interventions for each of the clinical specialties. Classify them according to their importance and establish order of priorities in their therapeutic application.

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

It analyzes the patient's expectations for each of the clinical specialties with respect to their evolution, demands and needs.

Identifies the main respiratory, cardiac and neurological pathologies. Learn medical-surgical interventions, effects and results. Contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment and improvement of medical and / or surgical interventions.

Apply the appropriate therapies in each situation in order to obtain the highest benefit with the greatest effectiveness. It applies the manual and instrumental techniques for the treatment of the dysfunctions derived from the sport practice. Evaluate the results and adverse effects.

Designs and implements prevention programs through physical activity for subjects with risk factors or chronic pathology.


Working methodology

Typology Hours Face-to-face
Theoretical classes 8,25 hours 100%
Seminars / Workshops 3 hours 10%
Practical classes 26,25 hours 100%
 Study and group work 2 hours 10%
Study and autonomous, individual work 60,5 hours 0%
Total 100  



Aquatic Therapy Block

  • Physiological Bases of Immersion
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy Session
  • Working methodologies
  • The neurological patient and aquatic therapy
  • The pediatric patient and aquatic therapy
  • Performance and aquatic therapy
  • Own experimentation of the aquatic environment
  • Active and passive movement in the water

Hippotherapy block

  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the horse
  • Characteristics of therapy horses and their training
  • Introduction to the world of Hippotherapy
  • Neuro pediatrics applied to Hippotherapy
  • How to organize and perform a Hippotherapy session

Learning activities

  • Expository method or master class: to transmit knowledge and to activate the cognitive processes of the student by means of a unidirectional learning
  • Case study: acquiring learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases
  • Solving exercises and problems: exercising, rehearsing and putting into practice previous knowledge
  • Problem-based learning (PBL): developing active knowledge through problem solving
  • Project-oriented learning: carrying out a project to solve a problem, applying skills and knowledge acquired
  • Cooperative learning: fostering active and meaningful knowledge in a cooperative way

Evaluation system

Qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September) that establishes the European system of credits and the system of qualifications to the university degrees of official character and validity in all the state territory:

0 - 4,9: Suspended

 5,0 - 6,9: Approved

 7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent


The final evaluation of the subject will weigh according to:

  • Aquatic therapy block 50%
  • 50% hippotherapy block

Each block must be approved with a 5.


Aquatic therapy block:

Activity Weighting
Electronic portfolio  40% non-recoverable
Oral presentation   30% 
Self appraisal   30% non-recoverable

The final grade will be the weighted average of the grades.

Hippotherapy block

Activity Weighting
Electronic portfolio  40% non-recoverable
Oral presentation   20% non-recoverable
Examen  40%

The final grade will be the weighted average of the grades.


Participation in classroom activities and discussions will be assessed as long as class attendance is at least 80%. If this minimum is not reached, the grade of the subject will be "Not presented" and will not be entitled to recovery. 

If the student fails the subject, in recovery periods the final exam corresponding to each block will be carried out, which will be weighted with the marks of the previous activities.

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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Casady, RL & Nichlos-Larsen, DS (2004) .The effect of hippo therapy on ten children with cerebral palsy. Prediatr Phys Ther, 16 (3), 165-172.

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