Máster Internacional en Metodología de Entrenamiento y Valoración del Rendimiento en Fútbol
This unique programme encompasses the core activities, performance affecting understanding and overall job responsibilities for the sports science practitioner in professional football.
Football operations at professional level are becoming increasingly complex, competitive, holistic and are involving an ever growing team of applied specialists. For winning performance to be achieved and sustained it is imperative that high levels of application, experience, evidence and people skills are utilised. High performing teams need achievers and application specialists on, off and around the pitch, able to work effectively with and for, other people.
Applicants are expected to possess a 2:1 or above in Sports Science (typically majoring in Physiology) with undergraduate experience in strength & conditioning and/or lab based physiological testing. A good knowledge of high performance football is essential. Students will possess the ability to synthesise and translate sports science theory into practice and have a thirst to deliver in a competitive environment. An applied practice portfolio would be an advantage along with a desire to work and progress in a dynamic results driven industry.
Completed and signed application form;
Copy of transcripts of highest qualification achieved and English translations (if applicable);
One academic and one professional reference and English translation (if applicable);
Copy of proof of English language level e.g. IELTS (if applicable).
For international applications, please also include:
Copy of valid passport (which you will use to apply for your Tier 4 visa);
Copies of any previous or current UK visas.
Football Culture & Professional Practice
This module examines the organizational structure and cultural practices within professional football and football clubs. It provides a background to and an overview of the working conditions for sports scientists operating within professional football. Students will have the opportunity to identify, consider and reflect upon the implications that the demands and stressors of professional football and its norms have for their own employability and professional development. The module considers the significance of best practice and the quest for perennial improvement, with an opportunity to reflect on how science often shows why professional practice and experience works, but does not always lead practice and innovation.
Students will consider how objective data is an integral facet of modern football and responsible for player selection, transfers in and out of clubs, training prescription, match tactics, reflective practice and are used as indicators or parameters for team success in a given environment. This informatics and analysis module for utilising applied data science will cover key concepts of data sourcing, data reduction, cognitive processing, management reporting, understanding the elite footballer and tactical and technical understanding. Students will develop the understanding and attributes to present useful, timely information to elite coaches and players in the best format. A key issue to explore will be the pressure to be able to make an impact on the next training session or match. This informatics under pressure will also consider for example, half time information and information required to support decision making in the transfer window.
Current Issues in Football
This module will enable students to focus upon current issues within football and applied football contexts at both academy and professional level. A range of topics such as identity, dealing with stressors and anxiety, career critical moments and boundary situations (e.g. deselection, loans, and injuries) will be examined in depth. The module will give the students an appreciation of the many challenges that making your way in the game can bring and how a sports science practitioner can best support these challenges.
Injury Prevention in Football
This module covers a critical awareness of current problems and new insights into football related injuries particularly to the knee, ankle, foot, hip and low back, for an in depth understanding and insight into the key area of football injury prevention. Students will consider the need to help players to be available consistently for practice, training and games, and how to support them and the coaches to reduce or avoid injury. Students will study the evidence base for injury reduction and prevention with the underpinning aetiology, anatomy and biomechanics, and moreover, the associated mechanisms of injury, precursors to injury, risk assessment and intervention science will be examined. The module will develop the ability to critically evaluate the science evidence behind the principles and theories of athletic screening. A clear understanding of the science behind training status and recovery with appropriate interpretation of those measurements and learn to apply them in a real world football context.
Nutrition for Training & Performance
This module will consider the requirements of nutrition to cater for the demands of professional and academy football. Topics covered will include the support of optimal training and performance, hydration for performance in games and training including reviewing the evidence base for using of sports/energy drinks to maintain optimal performance for 90 minutes. Students will study optimal recovery post game to replenish the loss of vitamins and minerals, the basic principles of macro nutrient metabolism and the recommended portion of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins a professional or academy footballer needs to intake for training and health demands. Students will explore the trend of mid game refueling, supplements for optimal performance and recovery and the issues or ergogenic aids and doping. The area of study will analyze the relationship between recommended nutrient intake values for football and the demands of positional specific players.
The Psychological Health of a Footballer
This module aims to introduce students to the psychological issues for footballers operating in professional football, addressing mental and physical ailments, recent approaches to assessment, treatment and the complications for footballers’ performance and wellbeing. It provides students with the opportunity to consider and reflect upon their role both ethically and legally as well as their communication and practical skills in the recognition and support of these illnesses within the football context.
This module which is based on sound empirical rationale investigates the impact and treatment of issues related to long term injury, addictive behaviour, pain management, and anger management. The student will also understand the implications for recovery, management and prevention of specific conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Dissertation & Research Methods
Career prospects for graduates of the MSc Football Science degree programme at UCFB include highly sought-after careers within a professional football team such as a sport scientist, performance analyst or operations manager at multidisciplinary teams.