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TECHNICAL DIRECTION AND FIGURE SKATING TRAINING MANAGEMENT MASTER

This master’s title is directed towards the professional specialization of those who work training and educating athletes in figure skating.

This training aims to be the beginning of a new professional outlet for current skaters and coaches, as well as an alternative for people from other disciplines such as dance, who want to seek a variation to their current profession.

Why should I train figure skating?

This discipline has received very little integration of knowledge from the other ones, remaining anchored in a broadcast format based on the experience of previous skaters.

It is detected in it the lack of knowledge and applicability of other disciplines, such as biomechanics; In its imparting knowledge such as didactics, methodology, or psychology, and the lack of research in its evolution. For these reasons, this master is a different proposal to evolve figure skating and adapting it to the knowledge that we have in other disciplines, as well as integrating them into research areas that could allow us to evolve certain elements and develop new ones. Allowing an evolution according to the times that we live of the discipline as a whole.

COURSE HISTORY

This is the first call for this Master.

100-120 students maximum per call and a minimum number of 45 students.

LANGUAGES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:

English

Spanish

WORKLOAD:

60 credits

COURSE DURATION

10 months

TEACHING METHOD

Blended course (face-to-face and online)

The Master is a UDIMA title and has a study load of 60 credits.

The methodology of the course is semi-face-to-face, which will allow the student to develop their training process combining mandatory face-to-face activities and activities carried out online through a virtual classroom.

Students will be able to access the web platform of the Master through a connection password that will formalize the enrollment. The face-to-face classes (180 hours) represent the main basis of the Master and are distributed in 40 concentrated teaching sessions between July and August, in which the teachers will present the fundamental contents of the syllabus, focusing on the most relevant contents.

Due to the particularities of this sport, face-to-face sessions have been concentrated in the summer months, because the availability of the ice rink is total, and because it is the period with the lowest performance of the sport, particularly accused this year by the situation with COVID, which will allow for an exceptional and unique situation, given that many of the international championships have been suspended, leaving many coaches available, who would not have been free in this period in other situation.

The student will be able to interact, learn and dialogue with the best professionals in the world of figure skating on an international level: coaches, sports directors, university teachers, psychologists, and coaches of recognized prestige, who will provide unique and multidisciplinary training.

  • Graduates in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports
  • Level III Coaches, or Superior Sports Technicians
  • Professional figure skating skaters or former skaters
  • Graduates in other specialties
  • Students in the last year of their bachelor´s degree in Health Sciences, Physical Activity and Sports

The master´s Academic Committee may admit candidates with professional profiles related to skating, who demonstrate to have the knowledge and skills necessary for adequate use of it.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered, a selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Federated
  • Professional experience and level of your PDF
  • Skating-related titling

Even if any of the requirements are not met, you can take this Master, obtaining after its ending a certificate of achievement from the UDIMA, instead of the Own Degree.

COURSE GOALS

  • Qualify coaches to direct and schedule training, using the knowledge of the different disciplines involved in it.
  • Learn to prepare sports training for ice skaters, according to the level of difficulty involved in the sport.
  • Understand the different variables of figure skating training
  • Master and apply with certainty the most current training methods for the improvement of sports performance.
  • Mastering the different teaching techniques and methodologies, according to the different evolutionary levels, as well as the different assimilation capacities.
  • Acquire knowledge based on the most current scientific evidence with full applicability in the practical field.
  • Mastering all the most advanced methods of evaluating sports performance.
  • Master Physiological, Anatomical, and Biomechanical principles and use them to develop improvements in the performance of athletes.
  • Mastering the principles that govern Nutrition applied to sports performance

SPECIFIC GOALS

  • Diagnose the skater’s capabilities and design personalized improvement plans, under new training trends.
  • Develop technical management and training tasks, within a structure of micro-competition cycles.
  • Use efficient evaluation processes, both in the training process and in the competition.
  • Understand the effective use of the different training methodologies, in each period of the competition.
  • Plan and develop a teaching and training methodological model for each of the disciplines of figure skating on ice.
  • Identify relevant parameters in the observation of the skating style of each individual.
  • Extract information from the analysis of competitions and medals to create tasks in the training process.
  • Know how to lead and know how to communicate effectively in the technical direction of the workgroup.
  • Learn to solve conflicts and problems of social interaction in sports groups.
  • Analyze the conflictive situations of interpretation of the regulation and develop a correct relationship with the judges.
  • Design an effective communication strategy with families and the use of social networks.
  • Acquire or improve the didactic skills necessary to be able to teach the different parts of the sports discipline.
  • Identify the individual physical, psychological and social needs of athletes to be able to adapt to them.
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking that allows to the generation of innovative protocols and procedures, with different types of technology.
  • Learn in-depth the different evolutionary stages of athletes and their characteristics.
  • Learn and apply motivation theories to sports practice.
  • Interpret the psychological difficulties of the different stages within the competitions.
  • Direct, analyze and implement sports programs for championships, structuring the elements according to the requirements of the ISU.

STARTING MONTH

July

DISTRIBUTION OF THE CREDIT STUDY PLAN:

  • Compulsory subjects: 54 credits
  • 6 practical credits / final degree project

Subjects that make up the study plan:

1º quadrimester

  • Figure Skating fundamentals I- 6 credits
  • Body expression and dance – 6 credits
  • Choreographic composition – 6 credits
  • Sports training – 6 credits
  • Didactics, innovation, and research applied to figure skating – 6 credits

2º quadrimester:

  • Figure Skating fundamentals II- 2 credits
  • Figure Skating Injuries – 2 credits
  • Sports Ethics – 2 credits
  • Exercise Physiology – 6 credits
  • Exercise Biomechanics – 6 credits
  • physical activity and sport´s psychology – 6 credits
  • Master’s Thesis or professional internships – 6 credits

FIGURE SKATING FUNDAMENTALS AND ITS TEACHING I (6 credits- 1st semester)

Educational content:

  • Figure skating schools
  • Different modalities, social context, and innovation in figure skating.
  • Performance optimization in competition
  • Teaching methodology and training organization

BODY EXPRESSION AND DANCE (6 credits- 1st semester) (Classroom)

Educational content:

  1. Body language fundamentals
    • Basic concepts
    • Definition: Historical evolution. Actual currents.
    • objectives, contents, and methodology.
    • Origins and main elements that define it.
  1. Body, space and time: expressive perspective
    • Non-verbal communication characteristics.
    • 3 non-verbal communication channels: Personal space (Proxemics), glance, and positions. 
    • Expression, communication, and body aesthetics.
    • Body and self-knowledge
    • Awareness of the body: physical bases and expressive bases.
    • Awareness of space.
    • Movement qualities.
  1. Body expression and physical education
    • perception and corporal interaction 
    • Senso-perception, the reception of external and internal stimuli
  1. Rhythmic activities and dance
    • Bodily activities expression. Importance of rhythm and expressiveness
    • Typical dance
  1. Practical exercises of Body Expression and Dance
    • Feeling and awareness
    • Differences between body Expression and other body expressive techniques: Mime, Dance
    • Fundamental movements in the dance. Different dance styles and their methodology

SPORTS TRAINING (6 credits- 1st semester)(Online)

Educational content

Themed block I: Principles on the theory of sports training

  1. General introduction to sports training
  2. Effort dynamics concept and its application to sports training
  3. Training adaptation processes/mechanisms
  4. Dynamics of efforts in sports training
  5. Energy pathways and training thresholds
  6. Determination of thresholds

Themed block II: Methodology of the training of physical qualities

  1. Warming up and cool down
  2. Physical qualities
  3. Strength training
  4. Resistance training
  5. Profile and strength assessment
  6. Determination of different manifestations of force
  7. Strength training and its manifestations
  8. Endurance training
  9. Continuous and interval circuits
  10. Interval training
  11. Swedish and Polish Fartlek

Themed block III: Training planning introduction

  1. Training planning introduction
    • General concepts and planning bases 
    • Training plan preparation: training for adaptations in motor qualities organization/planning
    • Performance evaluation as an organizational tool. Training organization
  2. Training periodization
    • Long-term planning. Sport life
    • Medium-term planning. Sports cycles
    • Short-term planning. Periodization systems and models. Conceptual historical evolution. Limitations

FIGURE SKATING CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (6 credits- 1st semester) (Face-to-face)

Educational content: 

Themed Block I: Introduction. Composition levels.

  • The composition. Definition.
  • Scenic composition.
  • Dramatic-choreographic composition.
  • Composition’s creativity
  • Different disciplines individual and pair sports programs
  • Synchronized skating programs.
  • shows programs
  • Scenic creator needs, from the composition and location of the composition in the process of staging the programs.
  • Composition levels.
  • The practical assumption of individual creation that links and puts into practice the theoretical foundation of the first block with the composition of the choreography and its staging.

Themed Block II:  Sports programs and show elements composition     

  • Space. Spatial subdivision of the ice rink.
  • Position of the skater (s) on the track. The determination of the scenic movement.
  • Objectives of the scenic movement. Entrances, exits, crosses, and movements. Trajectories. The scenic movement principles. Classification. Zones.
  • Composition: visual literacy´s syntactic foundations. Visual perception and communication.
  • Visual techniques in program composition: The dramatic image syntax and scenic composition in dance.
  • Visual communication in stage composition basic elements.
  • Communication strategies in stage composition.
  • Practical assumptions of individual and collective creation that links and puts into practice the theoretical foundation of the block, with the composition of choreographies and their staging.

Themed blockIII: Coreographical composition

  • Choreography´s compositional structure.
  • Choreographic composition communication strategies.
  • Choreographic composition visual syntax.
  • Visual communication in choreographic composition basic elements.
  • Practical assumptions of individual and collective creation, that links and puts into practice the theoretical foundation of the subject with the composition of choreographies and their staging.

SPORTS TRAINING (6 credits- 1st semester)

Educational content:

THEMED BLOCK I:  SPORTS TRAINING THEORY PRINCIPLES.

THEMED BLOCK II: PHYSICAL QUALITIES TRAINING METHODOLOGY

THEMED BLOCK III: TRAINING PLANNING INTRODUCTION

THEMED BLOCK IV: TRAINING PERIODIZATION

DIDACTIC, INNOVATION, AND RESEARCH APPLIED TO FIGURE SKATING (6 credits – 1st semester)

Educational content: 

  • Figure skating didactics
  • Didactics theoretical bases and basic concepts about the figure skating teaching-learning process
  • Figure skating innovations. Late trends.
  • The research applied to figure skating.

FIGURE SKATING FUNDAMENTALS AND ITS TEACHING II (2 credits- 2nd semester)

Educational content:

  • The general organization of the sport structural map, and from figure skating in particular.
  • Figure skating´s history, evolution, and current trends.
  • Performance analysis in competition
  • Human nutrition bases and its application to figure skating athletes.
  • Operation of the International Judging System (ISJ)
  • Figure skating Regulation. Modalities

FIGURE SKATING INJURIES (2 credits- 2nd semester) (online)

SPORTS ETHICS (2 credits)

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (6 credits- 2nd semester) (Online)

educational content:

  1. Exercise physiology introduction.
  2. Physical exercise bioenergetics
    1. physical exercise energetics system
    2. Energy expenditure during the exercise assessment
  3. Muscle function and muscle movement nervous control
    1.  Muscle strength manifestations and their adaptation
  4. Cardiovascular and hematological responses and adaptations to exercise
    1. Cardiovascular control during exercise
    2. Cardiovascular exercise adaptations 
  5. Respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise
    1. Respiratory regulation during exercise
    2. Exercise respiratory adaptations
  6. Renal responses and adaptations to exercise
    1. Body fluids physiology 
  7. Digestive and endocrine responses and adaptations to exercise
    1. The digestive and endocrine system´s physiology 
  8. Physical ability
    1. Terminology
  9. Training Physiology
    1. Training effects
    2. Performance appraisal
  10. Thermoregulation and physical exercise
    1. Thermal regulation
  11. Exercise under environmental stress
    1. Exercise and ambient pressure
    2. Acclimatization to different environments (hot and cold)
    3. Hypobaric, hyperbaric, and microgravity environments

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS BIOMECHANICS. (6 credits- 2nd semester) (Online)

Educational content:

  1. Biomechanics of physical activity. Conceptual framework
  2. Mechanics application to human movement
  3. Biomechanics Innovations applied to human movement

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY (6 credits- 2nd semester) (Online)

Educational content:

  1. Contextualization
  2. Gender differences in sport and physical exercise
  3. Basic psychological processes in sport
  4. Other processes involved in sport and exercise
  5. Basic principles applicability to the different areas of intervention in sport psychology
  6. Physical exercise and health
  7. Sport in different types of populations

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Know the Internship Center, Institution or Company, and the Main Lines of Action.

Planning on the intervention, which will depend on the area (teaching, training, or management) where the student is developing their practices.