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Objectives and competences


The general objectives of the double Degree in Physiotherapy and CAFE are: To train a professional who is able to approach holistically both the process of functional recovery throughout the injury and the reintroduction to physical activity and sports, once passed this process. In addition, to prepare graduates by promoting quality in professional intervention that will be linked to the therapeutic exercise, maintenance and recovery of people's health, through the application of knowledge and techniques of physiotherapy and the sciences of physical activity and sport. Therefore, the acquisition of knowledge, skills and professional competences, both common and specific to each specialty, will be ensured, and the global integration of this knowledge will be promoted, as well as research in the field of Health Sciences.



Physiotherapy, according to the definition adopted by the WHO, is “the art and science of treatment through therapeutic exercise and physical agents such as heat, cold, light, water, massage, electricity, etc. In addition, Physiotherapy includes the execution of electrical and manual tests to determine the level of involvement of the innervation and muscle strength, the amplitude of joint movement and measures of vital capacity, as well as diagnostic aids for the control of evolution”. Physiotherapy aims to develop, maintain and restore to the maximum the functional abilities throughout the life of people with somatic, psychosomatic and organic effects, or those who want an adequate level of health and quality of life.

The general objective of the degree is training professional physiotherapists, so the curriculum places a strong emphasis on the acquisition of skills and attitudes that serve as a guide for the performance of physiotherapeutic acts. These acts are considered to be changing, so the physiotherapist, in Professional practice, must be flexible and must have the ability to adapt to change. Consequently, it is necessary to prepare the student to be able to survive in the complex world of health care and to take the reins of his own Professional development.

In order to achieve this goal, the training curriculum is developed based on three different perspectives: an ideological perspective, a scientific perspective and a social perspective.

We can say, in general, that the Physiotherapy Dregree aims to train professional general physiotherapists, with sufficient scientific preparation and training to describe, identify, treat and compare health problems that can be answered from Physiotherapy. For that this they will use the set of methods, procedures, models, techniques and actions that, through the application of physical means, cure, recover and adapt to people affected by impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and state of health, produced as a result of an injury, illness, or other cause; also using these means in the promotion and maintenance of health, and in the prevention of diseases and their consequences. All this considering the individual in a threefold dimension: biological, psychological and social. (White Paper Degree in Physiotherapy, p. 92).

The mention in Sports Physiotherapy, aims to provide physiotherapists with the skills and resources needed to prevent, treat and achieve a rapid restoration of function in the injured athlete as part of a multidisciplinary team, being able to develop the maximum preventive and therapeutic potential inherent in their specialty and being qualified to develop evidence-based practice.

The mention in geriatric physiotherapy aims to provide physiotherapists with skills to perform a comprehensive assessment of their physical, motor and functional state to provide maximum autonomy through exercises and manual techniques to create an optimal shared individualized prevention plan with an interdisciplinary team. The physiotherapist also advises relatives and caregivers on the care and precautions to be followed and on what skills should be promoted.



The main objective of the degree is to train professionals who acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that allow them to take on responsibilities in carrying out tasks in activities specific to the sport profession, which is the one that is specifically exercised in the various sports, through the application of knowledge and techniques of the sciences of physical activity and sport (Law 3/2008, of 23 April, on the exercise of the professions of sport ( DOGC No. 5123, of 2.5.2008), and the adaptation of their own behavior to the circumstances to solve problems.Graduates may work as, among others, as a physical education teacher, animator or professional sports monitor, professional coach and sports director.

Interest for students.

The interest of the double degree itinerary is justified on the basis of the acquisition of a higher level of competitiveness and therefore a greater opportunity to enter the working world. It allows you to expand your knowledge and career opportunities in the world of sports and health.



List of general competencies: teamwork, communication, problem solving, etc.

1. Ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, with users of the health system, as well as with other professionals.

2. Ability to know how to work in professional teams and other staff of professional care organizations as a basic unit in which they are structured in a unidisciplinary or multidisciplinary way and interdisciplinary.

3. Ability to incorporate the ethical and legal principles of the profession into professional practice, as well as to integrate social and community aspects in decision-making.

4. Correction in oral and written expression.

5. Mastery of a foreign language.

6. Mastery of ICT.

7. Respect for the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, the promotion of human rights and the values ​​inherent in a culture of peace and democratic values.



List of specific competencies: knowledge, skills (knowledge and know-how) expected of graduates.

1. Knowledge and understanding of the morphology, physiology, pathology and behavior of people, both healthy and sick, in the natural and social environment.

2. Knowledge and understanding of the sciences, methods, techniques and instruments on which physiotherapy is based, articulated and developed.

3. Knowledge and understanding of the methods, procedures and physiotherapeutic actions aimed both at the therapy itself that must be applied in the clinic for pre-education or functional recovery, and at carrying out activities aimed at promotion and maintenance. of health.

4. Acquisition of appropriate clinical experience that provides intellectual abilities and technical and manual skills; that facilitates the incorporation of ethical and professional values, and that develops the capacity of integration of the acquired knowledge, so that, at the end of the studies, the students know how to apply them so much to concrete clinical cases in the hospital and outpatient environment as actions in primary and community care.

5. Ability to assess the functional state of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects.

6. Ability to make a diagnostic assessment of physiotherapy care according to standards and with internationally recognized validation instruments.

7. Ability to design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency.

8. Ability to execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user.

9. Ability to evaluate the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set.

10. Ability to prepare the discharge report for physiotherapy care once the proposed objectives have been met.

11. Ability to provide effective physiotherapy care, providing comprehensive care to patients.

12. Ability to intervene in the areas of health promotion, prevention, protection and recovery.

13. Ability to participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy.

14. Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, the integration of processes and continuity of care.

15. Understanding the importance of updating the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that make up the professional competencies of the physiotherapist.

16. Acquisition of clinical management skills that include the efficient use of health resources and develop planning, management and control activities in care units where care is provided in physiotherapy and its relationship with other health services.



Specific competences of the degree

6 specific competences of the Physical Activity and Sport Sciences degree (CAFE) are defined, specifying their development for their application in the different subjects:

1. Identify and analyze the structural and functional features of physical activity and sport:

1.1. Analyze the structural features of sports

1.2. Analyze the structural and functional features of the basic manifestations of motor skills

1.3. Classify the principles of the basic manifestations of motor skills and the theories involved to describe them

1.4. Observe and analyze the human motor learning process


2. Acquire motor skills and demonstrate the execution of the practice of physical activity and sport:

2.1. Acquire skills to develop the teaching-learning processes related to physical activity and sport.

2.2. Demonstrate and evaluate sports performance


3. Recognize and understand the different factors that condition physical activity and sport:

3.1. Understand the legal framework, structures and operation of the sports system.

3.2. Understand the physiological factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport.

3.3. Understand the social, cultural and historical factors that influence the practice of physical activity and sport

3.4. Identify the biomechanical efficiency of muscle work equipment

3.5. Identify the effects of physical exercise on body structure and function

3.6. Recognize driving elements of sports groups and teams

3.7. Recognize the anatomical and mechanical factors that allow to achieve muscle efficiency in physical exercise.

3.8. Recognize the factors of human morphology that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

3.9. Recognize the foundations, structures and functions of the skills and patterns of human motor skills

3.10. Understand the general fundamentals of the sports training process.


4. Interpret the elements, effects and risks that condition the practice of physical activity and sport in different professional fields:

4.1. Identify the health risks arising from the practice of inappropriate physical activity.

4.2. Interpret data derived from observations in relation to their significance and relate them to the basic manifestations of motor skills

4.3. Relate the different pedagogical theories with the physical sports practices

4.4. Gather data to calculate the load of the sports training session


5. Apply the knowledge acquired in physical activity and sport to professional practice:

5.1. Acquire and apply the mechanical foundations that condition physical activity and sport

5.2. Apply knowledge to the different practical situations in the basic manifestations of motor skills

5.3. Apply the method of scientific research to improve professional work

5.4. Apply intervention strategies to the teaching-learning process of sports

5.5. Apply knowledge to the development of temporary training units for physical qualities

5.6. Apply physiological principles in physical activity and sport

5.7. Prescribe health-oriented physical exercise

5.8. Know how to act in situations of first aid and life risk

5.9. Select and use sports equipment and equipment, suitable for each type of activity.


6. Plan and evaluate the processes and programs of physical activity and sport in teaching, training, health, management and recreation:

6.1. Develop programs for the management of organizations, entities and facilities

6.2. Evaluate the teaching-learning processes of physical activity and sport

6.3. Evaluate and control the sports training process

6.4. Plan and develop physical activity and sports programs

6.5. Plan and design programs for teaching activities of adapted physical activity and sport

6.6. Plan and design sports training programs using different load designs

6.7. Plan, develop and evaluate the performance of physical sports and recreational activities

6.8. Promote and evaluate lasting and autonomous habits, as well as nutrition, appropriate to health and the practice of physical activity and sport in different population groups


Transversal competences of the degree

6 general transversal competences of the degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences are defined, specifying their development for their application in the different subjects:

1. Know how to use new information and communication technologies (ICT):

1.1 Apply information and communication technologies in the development of professional work

1.2 Search, organize and interpret the information provided by new technologies (ICT)

1.3 Understand the scope, possibilities and limitations of technological applications and materials in the field of physical activity and sport


2. Develop skills to adapt to new situations, solve problems and work independently:

2.1. Adapt to changes with a positive attitude and effectiveness

2.2. Elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of ​​study

2.3. Incorporate research into the development of professional practice in a critical, constructive and creative way

2.4. Adopt a respectful and at the same time critical attitude with the knowledge received

2.5. Ability to make decisions and adapt to non-ideal situations

2.6. Understand the scope and limitations of the method and scientific information

2.7. Develop those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy

2.8. Gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature

2.9. Assume the need to be immersed in a process of lifelong learning


3. Develop interpersonal and communication skills:

3.1. Use a foreign language as a relationship tool

3.2. Respect the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, in the promotion of Human Rights and in the values ​​of a culture of peace and democratic values

3.3. Ability to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project

3.4. Adequately present information based on the audience and communication needs

3.5. Lead and promote positive dynamics with and among practitioners, allowing for free expression

3.6. Develop skills related to professional culture by encouraging training in communication, coordination and relational skills specific to each situation in the workplace

3.7. Write academic, scientific and technical documents in the professional fields in which it is necessary to intervene

3.8. Ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and multicultural teams


4. Develop habits of excellence and quality in professional intervention:

4.1. Ability to formulate, manage and design projects

4.2. Effectively organize the process of professional intervention in the different areas of application of physical activity and sport

4.3. Ability to assess the social and environmental impact of actions in their field

4.4. Ability to express integrated and systemic visions

4.5. Ability to seek and integrate new knowledge


5. Act with professional ethics and values:

5.1. Positively value moral and ethical principles to improve the practice of the profession

5.2. Exercise consciously and daily

5.3. Encourage good sports practices among the population

5.4. Promote and carry out environmentally friendly actions

5.5. Apply the principles of moral reasoning and decision-making to solve ethical, legal and deontological problems

5.6. Infer social and ethical norms in activities related to professional practice


6. Act in accordance with the legal and organizational context of the profession:

6.1. Recognize the legal requirements and other conditions for accessing the labor market, both in the public and private sectors

6.2. Identify the legal responsibilities of the exercise of the profession in any of the areas of application and competence

6.3. Acquire skills for managing work groups