Master in High Performance Sport: Strength and Conditioning


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Program Description

This Master’s degree is the first in Spain to be recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The curriculum has especially been designed to impart not only theoretical and practical applications in this specific field but also the methodological foundations necessary for students’ independent research, enabling them to assess the most controversial lines in Sports Science. Our teaching faculty is uniquely comprised of UCAM professors as well as national and international experts from the high-performance sports sector.

Students will receive a deeper understanding of the different areas of sports performance and conditioning and acquire the necessary training for proper performance in their professional and/or research careers. The constant evolution and growing interest in physical activity and sports science make this area of multidisciplinary expertise a highly demanded subject of professional interest. Together with the official title of the Master’s, which allows students to directly access a Ph.D. program, students can also acquire certifications from the prestigious NSCA organization in the areas of Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Master’s in High-Performance Sport: Strength and Conditioning will be able to perform duties and tasks such as:

  • Apply statistical techniques needed to conduct a proper analysis in each of the research methodologies in the area of performance and conditioning
  • Identify aspects that characterize the qualitative and quantitative designs applied to research in sports science
  • Analyze the consistency and adequacy of the quality criteria used in the evaluation of sports performance and conditioning
  • Apply the physiological, biomechanical, behavioral and social principles to the research object
  • Identify the risks associated with the health of athletes and inadequate physical activities in the context of sports training and fitness
  • Design preventative and promotional programs for the practice of physical activity in contemporary society
  • Apply assessment techniques to monitor and control quantitative and qualitative research of physical activities related to athletic performance and conditioning
  • Identify the various methods for assessing both performance and health in the field of performance and conditioning
  • Perform tests that measure strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance in older people based on their medical history
  • Identify physiological and metabolic changes that occur with interventions in the area of sports performance and fitness
  • Manage scientific databases for literature search and review in order to master the specific work area of sports performance and conditioning
  • Develop scientific work based on features and structures of different types of scientific publications and present results

With the acquired skills and knowledge obtained in the Master's program, students can start/resume their professions in the following work areas:

  • Optimization, assessment & control training, physical fitness, and performance in individual sports
  • Biomechanics applied to health, fitness and sports training
  • Training of physiological adaptations and performance evaluation
  • Performance analysis in team sports
  • Analysis of the game-play and teaching-learning assessment in team sports
  • Prescription of exercise programs
  • Physical activity and exercise, functional autonomy and quality of life for older adults, special populations and disabled individuals
  • Learning and motor control
  • Personal training
  • Physical preparation
  • Coordination and management programs in clubs and sports performance centers

High-Performance Sports Centers

The Biomechanics Laboratory is located in UCAM's Research Center for High-Performance Sport. The primary focus of the Biomechanics Laboratory is to examine the effects of different training modes on performance and fitness in both individual and team sports. Additionally, the laboratory allows the assessing of the biomechanical and physiological adaptations that occur in athletes and older adults based on changes in their exercise training protocols.

UCAM’s laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art technology facilitating the collection of data across various research projects. It includes two force platforms, a respiratory gas analyzer, isokinetic dynamometry features, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry provisions, ultrasound, a 3-D motion capture system, as well as a facility for electromyography.

Several research projects are currently being funded by both government (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Consejo Superior de Deportes) and private agencies (Fundación Real Madrid). UCAM’s primary research study on “Strength and power-resisted training in football and athletics” is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competition with an amount of 120.000€. The objective of the underlying investigation is to determine the optimal load for maximum acceleration gains with regards to the sled towing training method for competitive athletes.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

UCAM (Universidad Católica de Murcia) is a private university founded in 1996 with a clear mission: to train students with knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion ... Read More

UCAM (Universidad Católica de Murcia) is a private university founded in 1996 with a clear mission: to train students with knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion of human knowledge through research as an integral part of the development of man and mankind and to participate in the evangelical mission of the Catholic Church in the areas of education and culture. Read less
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