Master´s degree in Performance Direction

The Program is intended for professionals interested in learning proper management to facilitate coordination between the different areas and professionals and, in short, optimize the decision-making process and the performance of the players and the team.

Included in the course:

COURSE CONTENT

 

Module 1: Sport Performance Director: integrative role and job description  

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)
Teaching Faculty: Francesc Cos, Francesco Cuzzolin, Igor Jukić

Contents:
1.     Integrative performance systems in sport
2.    General and specific competencies for sport Performance Director
3.     Job description of sport Performance Director
4.     The role of sport Performance Director in sport organisation

Module 2: Injury Management and Recovery Strategies

(6 ECTS = 20 h theoretical + 10 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Igor Setuain, Ricard Pruna, Daniel Martinez, Julio Calleja-González. 

Contents:
1. Injury risk mitigation strategies. 
2. Injury rehabilitation process: timelines, coordination between different
departments.

3. Return-to-play.

4. The role of the Performance Director in injury management.

Module 3: Sports Nutrition

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Mireia Porta, Toscana Viar. 

Contents:
1. Energetic requirement in different team-sports.
2. Nutrition for the high performance team-sport athlete.
3. Ergogenic aids.
4. The role of the Performance Director in sports nutrition.

Module 4: Coaching and Communication

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Xesco Espar, Irina Zelenkova

Contents:
1. Communicating with the players.
2. Communicating with the coaching staff.
3. Multidisciplinary approach to sports performance.
4. Intra e inter-problems.
5. Communicating with parents/tutors.

Module 5: Long-term Planning

(6 ECTS = 20 h theoretical + 10 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Avery Faigenbaum, Urs Granacher, Tomás T.Freitas 

Contents:

1. Long-term athletic development: models and strategies.
2. Long-term planning and periodization of the different areas and
departments.
3. The role of the Performance Director in the development of a club’s
identity and culture.

Module 6: Data Science and Management

(6 ECTS = 20 h theoretical + 10 h practical)Teaching Faculty: Xavi Schelling, David Fombella, Jaime Sampaio

Contents:

1. Big data: the future in team-sports performance?
2. Exposure to emerging technologies like generative AI and foundational
concepts within ethical AI, like algorithmic transparency, fairness, privacy,
and bias.
3. Applied statistics: analysing data in a high-performance setting.
4. Decision making based on data analysis.
5. Ability to set up and manage data science teams, governance policies, and
analytics infrastructure.
6. Expertise to prioritize and sequence data science projects based on their
feasibility and impact.
7. Skills to critically evaluate data science methodologies, results, and
recommendations.
8. Fluency in the vocabulary and logic used by data scientists to drive key
organizational decisions.
9. The role of the Performance Director in Data Analysis and management.

Module 7: Testing, Performance Assessment and Movement Analysis

(6 ECTS = 20 h theoretical + 10 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Pedro E. Alcaraz, Anthony J. Blazevich

Contents:

1. Testing and performance assessment: why, when and how?
2. Assessing the different physical qualities in a team-sports setting.
3. Biomechanics and movement analysis.
4. The role of the Performance Director in Testing and Performance
assessment.

Module 8: Sports Medicine

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Irina Zelenkova

Contents:
1. Principles of Sports Medicine.
2. Communicating with the medical staff.
3. The role of the  Performance Director in the Sports Medicine area.

Module 9: Technical and Tactical Analysis

(6 ECTS = 20 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Jaime Sampaio, Igor Jukić

Contents:

1. Technical and tactical analysis: basic principles and new technologies.
2. Technical and tactical principles: relationship with the strength and
conditioning practices.
3. The role of the Performance Director in Technical and Tactical Analysis.

Module 10: Sports Psychology

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: Mar Rovira 

Contents:
1. The importance of psychological factors in team-sports performance. 
2. Sports psychologist: role in the coaching staff.
3. The role of the Performance Director in the Sports Psychology area.

Module 11: Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

(4 ECTS = 15 h theoretical + 5 h practical)

Teaching Faculty: – Laura Nieto (Coordinator) 

Contents:

1. The determinants of group culture.
2. Managing the performance of individual subordinates.
3. Establishing productive relationships with peers and seniors over whom
the manager has no formal authority.
4. Develop a vision of the future.
5. Align the organization behind that vision.
6. Motivate people to achieve the vision.
7. Design effective organizations and change them to achieve superior
performance.

Module 12: Practicum

(6 ECTS = 100 h internship + 50 h internship report)

Teaching Faculty: To confirm

Contents:

1. Practical experience in a real-world context.

Schedule of face-to-face sessions: Fridays and Saturdays

09.15 a 11.15 h First session
11.15 a 11.45 h Coffee break
11.45 a 13.45 h Second session
13.45 a 15.15 h Lunch
15.15 a 17.15 h Third Session
17.15 a 17.30 h Break
17.30 a 19.30 h Fourth Session
19.45 a 20.00 h Break
20.00 a 21.00 h Fifth Session

Academic calendar of the 1st edition:

18-19 October, 2024 1st weekend
22-23 November, 2024 2nd weekend
20-21 December, 2024 3rd weekend
24-25 January, 2025 4th weekend
21-22 Febrary, 2025 5th weekend
28-29 March, 2025 6th weekend
25-26 April, 2025 7th weekend
29-30 May, 2025 8th weekend
26-27 June, 2025 9th weekend
25-26 July, 2025 10th weekend