Master Course in Youth Sports Training

General Objectives of the Course

[1] Understand the social function of sports; [2] Understand the biological transformation across the firs two decades of life; [3] Understand the adaptation to training loads; [4] Examine the human movement and performance and understand the main developmental theories; [5] Know the psychological determinants of sport performance; [6] Know the injury risk factors and its relationships with training characteristics and the athlete; [7] Use research methods to plan and manage a proposal; [8] know the Fundamentals of talent identification; [9] determine maturational status; [10] Evaluation and assessment using different ergometers; [11] Adopt the taxonomies of sport injuries; [12] Organize a sport program with short middle and long term decisions; [13] use the training methods across the different stages of long term preparation; [14] Understand the social investments in sport careers.

Admission Requirements

Candidates to the master’s degree may be:
a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle of studies, which should be structured according to the principles of the Bologna Process in an adhering country to this Process;
c) holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree by the legal competent Scientific Council of the Higher Education Institution to which they want to be admitted.
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the legal competent Scientific Council of the Higher Education Institution to which they want to be admitted.
* In each academic year, the admission notice for the course, which establishes the specific access requirements, should be consulted.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Although the master is scientifically oriented and is not intended to compete with technical courses, curriculum design points to the acquisition and refinement of knowledge and skills useful in the organization of sports in children and adolescents subsystems School Sports, federal, municipal and leisure activities aimed at children and youth segment.

Mode of Study

Mainly Day time schedule

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

After an epistomologic debate and interviews with stakeholders, the coordination of the course oriented the curriculum into a friendly understanding of the diplom that is possible to summarize as follows: [1] To understand the social function of sport, in general, and youth sport, in particular, considering the historical aspects and the changes of current decades; [2] To identify the underlying mechanisms of growth, maturation and development in the first decades of life and its biological, social and psychological impact, without ignoring the long term effect of early experiences, that is, taking into account the while lifecycle; [3] To understand the adaptative mechanisms that support trainability and readiness in sports, especially in program dealing with young athletes; [4] To analise human movement and sport performance from the perspective of developmental and cognitive knowledge that supports the interpretation of motor learning and optimization; [5] To use the psychological foundations of sport with a special regards to personality, motivation, stress and anxiety; [6] To describe the sources of sport injuries and correlates that emerged from the Dynamics of the training and the characteristics of the young athlete; [7] To decide about the best option for a research proposal and management of a scientific project; [8] To plan, organize and manage a talent detection program applied to a specific sport; [9] To determine the maturational status using sexual, somatic and skeletal indicators; [10] To assess the young athlete in the field (EUROFIT, FITNESSGRAM, Physical BEST) and the laboratory: goniometry, Wingate, Force x velocity, isokinetic assessment of knee extension and flexion, maximal oxygen uptake using different ergometers. [11] To use the consensus statement about sport injuries and participate in survey adopting specific taxonomies, as well as to interact with therapist in the process of recovery and recuperation; [12] To built, organize and perform the leadership of training program with a special emphasis on middle and long-term benefits; [13] To act as conditioning trainer in strength, aerobic, short-term pathways, flexibility, coordenation, agility and proprioceptive training; [14] To understand the social investments in sports and anticipate opportunities for Jobs and career development, using tools to avoid emotional burnout and dropout. The degree of fullfilment is annually assessed using questionnaires that obtain the perception of the students about the fullfilment of the goals that are announced in the electronic platform. The data is discussed taking into accout the rates of success in the study cycle and disciplines.

Course Coordinator(s)

António José Barata Figueiredo

Hugo Miguel Borges Sarmento

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria João Carvalheiro Campos

Recognition of Prior Learning

To be defined by the scientific board.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law 74/2006 of 24 March, and pursuant to Decree-Law No. 42/2005 and 155/89 s, respectively, on May 11 and February 22, and No Orders 10543/2005 7287-B/2006 and paragraphs, respectively, on May 11 and 31 March

Graduation Requirements

Attain 90 ECTS (Eurpoean Cummlative Credit Transfer System) plus the submission, presentation and public discussion of an original thesis

Access to Further Studies

The approval in the master diplom from the University of Coimbra, allows application to PhD without supplemental exams

Study Programme

Youth Sports Training

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6261

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 18 Month(s)

ECTS Credits: 90.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2018-07-31 a 2024-07-30
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