General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Maria Mar Rovira Rodriguez
Núria Rabassa González 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English

Catalan, Spanish and English


Specific skills
  • 2_4_E6_Apply physiological, biomechanical, behavioral and social principles to the different fields of physical activity and sport

  • 2_4_E8_Assess the physical condition, prescribe and develop health-oriented physical exercises in safe conditions for these practitioners

  • 2_4_E2_Promote the formation of lasting and autonomous habits of practicing physical activity and sport

  • 2_4_E13_Develop cognitive and technical resources for entrepreneurship in maritime activities, wellness and health

  • 2_4_E1_Carry out the teaching-learning processes related to physical activity and sport

  • 2_4_E7_Identify the health risks arising from the practice of inappropriate physical and sporting activities and propose alternatives

General competencies
  • 2_2_G2_Acquire basic scientific training applied to physical activity and sport in its various manifestations

  • 2_2_G8_Understand the foundations, structures and functions of human motor skills and patterns

  • 2_2_G7_Identify the effects of the practice of physical exercise on the psychological and social aspects of the human being

  • 2_2_G11_Elaborate written and audiovisual texts related to the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • 2_2_G1_Identify the object of study in the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • 2_3_T8_Act within the ethical principles necessary for correct professional practice according to the regulatory framework

Transversal competences
  • 2_3_T1_Understand the scientific literature in the field of physical activity and sport in English and other languages

  • 2_3_T9_Communicate in English fluently, both orally and in writing, in professional and academic contexts

  • 2_3_T6_Generate resources for adapting to new situations and solving problems, and for autonomous learning and creativity

  • 2_3_T2_Apply information and communication technologies (ICT) in the field of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

  • 2_3_T7_Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice

  • 2_3_T4_Apply the knowledge to your work in a professional way by preparing and defending arguments and solving problems within your area

  • 2_3_T5_Develop leadership skills, interpersonal relationships and teamwork


The subject of Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport provides CAFE students with basic knowledge about the psychological aspects that occur in the performance of physical activity and in the dynamics of training and sports competition.

This knowledge is applicable to most career opportunities (fitness monitor, personal trainer, physical trainer, sports technician, teacher ...) because they allow better understanding and connection with the people to whom these professionals are addressed (improving their leadership ), and because they are a help in order to be able to better optimize the dynamics of training (improving the technical facet from incorporating and managing the psychological processes in learning and performance).

The approach of the subject (part-time and with participatory dynamics) implies for the students an important work of individual and autonomous way as well as in groups and participating in the different seminars and programmed exercises.

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. The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.



Subject 1. Introduction to the Psychology and to the Psychology of the Sport

  • Psychology. Definition and object of study
  • Historical evolution of psychology. Schools
  • The Psychology of Sport. Definition and object of study.
  • Historical evolution of Sport Psychology.
  • The role of the Sports Psychologist. Areas of intervention and professional accreditation.

Topic 2. Introduction to the instruments and tools of data collection in psychology

  • Evaluation in Sports Psychology: initial exploration, follow-up and assessment.
  • Questionnaires and tests most used in Sports Psychology: available tools (CBAS, ICE, SAS-2...).
  • Interviews: formats and applications.
  • Observation methodology: procedures and instruments for external observation and self-observation.


Subject 3. The socialization through the sport

  • Definition
  • The transmission of values ​​through sport
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Sexual abuse and gender violence.


Topic 4. Motivation and emotion

  • What is motivation. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Motivation in the sports context: tools and applications.
  • What are emotions. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Emotions in the sports context: tools and applications.

Item 5. Self-confidence

  • What is self-confidence and its impact on performance.
  • Main models applied to the sports field.
  • Tools to work on self-confidence.

Item 6. Attention and concentration 

  • What is attention. Main theories in the field of sports.
  • Improving attention and concentration: strategies applied.

Item 7. The personality

  • Concept of personality
  • Main theories of personality applied to sport
  • Personality and sport: applications in the field of sport

Item 8. Anxiety and stress

  • Concept and definition of stress, anxiety and activation.
  • Main theories and models used in sport.
  • Sources and effects of anxiety in sport: competitive anxiety.
  • Strategies to control the level of stress and anxiety in athletes


Item 9. Leadership

  • Types of leadership. Characteristics and evaluation tools.
  • Management skills. Managerial behavior and supportive behavior
  • Strategies applied to be an effective leader

Item 10. Communication

  • Definition and characteristics.
  • Theoretical models most applied to sports
  • Strategies for effective communication

Topic 11. Group management

  • The management of conflicts in the sporting field.
  • Main personal skills for group management. Practical examples.
  • Strategies from sports psychology




Item 12. The laws of learning

  • Principles of classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Behavioral assessment. Basic concepts and application to sport.
  • Behavioral techniques: the CBAS questionnaire.


Item 13. The psychological risks of sport

  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders: anorexia and bulimia
  • Mental health

Item 14. Psychology of injuries 

  • Theoretical models most used in the intervention of injuries
  • Pain psychology: basic principles.
  • Phases of an intervention in injury recovery. Case study.

Item 15. The psychology of arbitration  

  • Introduction to the psychology of arbitration
  • Creation of a psychological training plan for referees 

Item 16. The withdrawal of the athlete

  • Psychological factors of sports withdrawal
  • Contextual factors of sports retirement
  • Preparation for retirement.



Evaluation system

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 (EX)

The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment through different assessment activities. 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:


Evaluation activity



Continued avaluation


G9, B2, G6, B3, G12

Final Exam


G9, B2, G6, B3, G12


Therefore, the acquisition of skills by the student will be assessed through the system of continuous assessment and through a final exam.  


Final Exam

The final exam has a total weighting of 50% of the overall grade of the subject.

NECESSARY criteria to average between the evaluation activities:

Evaluation activity

Criteria for averaging

Continued avaluation

≥ 5/10

Final Exam

≥ 5/10


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


Continuous Evaluation

It has a total weighting of 50% of the overall grade of the subject. In order to be entitled to the final exam, the student must pass the continuous assessment (minimum grade 5). If the continuous assessment is suspended, the subject is automatically suspended. Continuous assessment is not subject to recovery.





Group work

Activation level regulation techniques


Group work

Communication Seminar


Group work

Ruler Seminars



There will be a resit exam to be done early next quarter. In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

The notes of seminars will be saved, works to do average with the recovery exam. In the case of failing, students must take the course the following year and no notes will be saved.

Evaluation activity in the recovery period







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