Master Course in Youth Sports Training

Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



18 Month(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

António José Barata Figueiredo (afigueiredo@fcdef.uc.pt)

Hugo Miguel Borges Sarmento (hg.sarmento@gmail.com)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

José Pedro Leitão Ferreira (jpferreira@fcdef.uc.pt)

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.
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.
Mode of Study
Mainly Day time schedule
Access to Further Studies
The approval in the master diplom from the University of Coimbra, allows application to PhD without supplemental exams
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.

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
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.
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.
Graduation Requirements

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

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2013-07-18 a 2019-07-17
R/A-Ef 3426/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18