The HIGH PERFORMANCE sports world is changing. Sport coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists, sport scientists, data analysts, and strength and conditioning specialists are all part of elite clubs' unique multi-disciplinary teams.
However, most organizations' "Performance and Health Departments" still lack effective management to facilitate cooperation among various areas and professionals and, as a result, improve decision-making and player and team performance.
As a result, every organization's PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH MANAGER position is critical. The Master's Program in Performance & Management is for you if you wish to be a pioneer in this field by building your organization's Performance and Health Department. This is your chance to learn from industry specialists with decades of experience and a broad scientific background, and to make a genuine difference in the sports sector.
Master in Performance
and Health Management
- To understand how high performance and health business works as a complex ecosystem, as well as the role that key stakeholders have within it. For example, the many aspects taking in place as sports organisations, local teams, individual athletes, venues and facilities, sponsors, media outlets and startups.
- To explore and analyse different needs into the scenarios of high performance sports management areas and sports industry sub-sectors and learn how interdisciplinary strategies are applied effectively to all.
To study in depth the most successful sports management strategies, visions and tools.
- To identify and understand the key 21st century trends in the sports industry and look into the various innovations and disruptions taking place through entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in the sports business.
- To master the personal and professional skills necessary to successfully manage a project, team or company in the sports industry .
- To develop a strategic vision of how the sports industry has arrived to what it is today, and how it can and should be take forward in the future.
- To understand the current innovations and disruptions taking place in sports landscape and develop new ideas and proposals to contribute to that change and growth.
- To work with real sports business scenarios and sports business cases in order to learn about the professional standards in the sector and to improve related aptitudes.
- To promote the good practices of teamwork, international vision, interdisciplinary practice and problem solving within the context of the sports world.
- To become a member of a network of classmates, tutors, faculty members and experts in sports business and management, which will allow the development of a strong network which is necessary to grow and develop personally and professionally.
ESEI graduates go on to lead a great variety of successful careers, from professional skateboarders to company CEO´s.
Here are the most typical career paths which follow on from a masters in Sports Management:
- Head of Performance
- Performance Director
- Sports Performance Director
- Manager of Performance and Health
- Director of Performance and Health
- Performance and Health Manager
Sport Performance and Health Manager: integrative role and job description
- integrative performance systems in sport
- General and specific competencies for sport Performance and Health Manager
- Job description of sport Performance and Health Manager
- The role of sport Performance and Health Manager in sport organisation
This module aims to integrate knowledge from all the previous 10 modules with the intention of creating a competency for integrative management of high performance systems in top-level sport.
The job of a Performance and Health Manager in sport is multidimensional, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Such a structure and job description require a broad multidisciplinary education, organisation and management skills, appropriate communication, leadership qualities and mental stability.
Therefore, the focus of this module will be on how to prepare students in an integral way for the complex requirements of demanding, challenging and attractive profession – sport Performance and Health manager.
- Injury risk mitigation strategies.
- Injury rehabilitation process: timelines, coordination between different departments.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in injury management.
This module will introduce students to key concepts related to sport injuries and will help them understand what it takes to manage all injury-related processes (risk mitigation, rehabilitation and return-to-training and competition) from a multidisciplinary perspective in high performance environments. The module will consider how the Head of High Performance can act at all levels by exploring strategies to: 1) minimise the risk of injury; 2) coordinate the different staff members involved (medical team, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, sport nutritionists); and 3) manage the return-to-play process considering athletes’ individual timelines and needs. There will be a focus on self-assessment processes and personal skills development through which students can start developing stronger leadership qualities that they can then apply throughout their careers.
- Energetic requirement in different team-sports.
- Nutrition for the high performance team-sport athlete.
- Ergogenic aids.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in sports nutrition.
Coaching and Communication
- Communicating with the players.
- Communicating with the coaching staff.
- Multidisciplinary approach to sports performance.
- Intra e inter-problems.
- Communicating with parents/tutors.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in a multidisciplinary team
This module aims to introduce the critical success factors for effective verbal and nonverbal communication in the high performance sport context, both in terms of internal communication and external communication, including training students in public speaking. It addresses different negotiation and conflict resolution techniques and the various contexts they may be applied in. Moreover, it focuses on providing students with the tools to effectively communicate with the different members of the coaching staff (head coach, strength and conditioning coach, rehabilitation coach, physiotherapist, etc), the players and the organisation stakeholders. The course also develops students’ networking skills and expands their networking opportunities, giving students the chance to put what they learn into practice.
- Long-term athletic development: models and strategies.
- Long-term planning and periodization of the different areas and departments.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in the development of a club’s identity and culture.
In this module, students will be presented with the different Long-term Athletic Development models outlined in the literature, their main characteristics, objectives, differences and similarities. The module will address the most effective strategies to improve the likelihood of young athletes developing into high performance team-sport athletes. Important concepts like “maturation”, “early specialisation” or “talent identification” will be discussed in detail. Furthermore, this module will explain how the Head of High Performance can: 1) assist in the integration of the different departments with the goal of optimising the long-term athletic development pathway of young players; and 2) help shape a club’s identity and culture, where all people involved understand their role toward the long-term goals of the organisation and its athletes.
Data analysis and management
- Big data: the future in team-sports performance?
- Applied statistics: analyzing data in a high-performance setting.
- Decision making based on data analysis.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in Data Analysis and management.
This module will allow students to understand the application of Big Data to sports performance. The role of data analytics in modern high-performance sports in injury risk mitigation, performance and athlete welfare enhancement. The module will discuss how Big Data should be used in a real-world context, how it can assist in decision making and how it can improve the efficiency of data management procedures. Students will also be introduced to the main responsibilities of the Head of High Performance in relation to data collection management, storage and analysis.
module will address the most effective strategies to improve the likelihood of young athletes developing into high performance team-sport athletes. Important concepts like “maturation”, “early specialisation” or “talent identification” will be discussed in detail. Furthermore, this module will explain how the Head of High Performance can: 1) assist in the integration of the different departments with the goal of optimising the long-term athletic development pathway of young players; and 2) help shape a club’s identity and culture, where all people involved understand their role toward the long-term goals of the organisation and its athletes.
Faculty Members: TBC
Testing and Performance Assessment
- Testing and performance assessment: why, when and how?
- Assessing the different physical qualities in a team-sports setting.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in Testing and Performance assessment.
The module will address the basic concepts related to performance assessment in a real-world context. It will discuss the importance of determining the key performance indicators (KPIs), why and when to conduct testing as well as the basic procedures to follow before, during and after the assessment sessions. An overview of the most up-to-date, validated and consistent methodologies used in the assessment of the different physical qualities will be presented as part of this module. Finally, the role of the Head of High Performance in organising and coordinating testing and performance assessment sessions will be discussed.
- Principles of Sports Medicine.
- Communicating with the medical staff.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in the Sports Medicine area.
The module will focus on the principles of Sports Medicine as well as on discussing the scope of intervention of the team’s medical staff, its responsibilities and duties with uninjured and injured athletes (i.e., diagnosis and prognosis). The importance of a well established communication between the Head of High Performance and the medical staff will be addressed particularly concerning the injury-performance conflict in high performance contexts and the management of conservative vs aggressive treatment options according to players’ individual characteristics. Also, the role of the Head of High Performance in the Sports Medicine area will be addressed: how much can/should the Head of High Performance participate in the decision making process related to the medical area?
Faculty Members: Nicolás Terrados
Technical and Tactical Analysis
- Technical and tactical analysis: basic principles and new technologies
- Technical and tactical principles: relationship with the strength and conditioning practices.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in the Technical and Tactical Analysis.
The module will address the basic technical and tactical principles according to the sport, the competitive level and player individual characteristics. It will discuss the pros and cons of the latest technology available in this area and how to integrate technical and tactical concepts and principles within strength and conditioning practices. The students will be introduced to the main responsibilities of the Head of High Performance in the incorporation of specific technical and tactical principles within the organisation’s culture and structure from the academy to the professional level.
- The importance of psychological factors in team-sports performance.
- Sports psychologist: role in the coaching staff.
- The role of the Head of High Performance in the Sports Psychology area.
The module will address the importance of incorporating a sports psychologist into the coaching staff from a performance enhancement and injury rehabilitation perspective. Moreover, the student will learn about different psychological interventions aimed at, for example, managing expectations and competition stress, implementing motivational programmes or establishing a positive and winning group dynamics . Finally, the role of the Head of High Performance with regards to incorporating the Sports Psychology Area with the other departments will be discussed.
Faculty Members: Mar Rovira Rodríguez
Practical experience in a real-world context
The practicum builds upon and consolidates skills and knowledge acquired from the curriculum. Students will further their understanding of the theoretical concepts in an applied context, under the guidance of an advisor in the related field of interest. Moreover, they will participate in the daily activities and managerial tasks of a High Performance Department in a sports organisation, tackling challenges and identifying new solutions for growth.
Every Master’s programme consists of 10 modules (5 per semester), each worth 4 credits plus a thesis (academic research or business plan) of 20 credits. For each module, students spend 18 hours in the classroom over 6 weeks. The semester is split into two blocks: Block 1 (first 6 weeks + presentation week) and Block 2 (second 6 weeks + presentation week). Each module is taught and graded by one teacher, before going through the moderation process conducted by the academic department.
The evaluation structure is the same for every module, broken down as such:
FINAL PROJECT - 80%
PARTICIPATION - 20%
20% of the grade will be based on how students participate/engage in class and with the virtual classroom space, Canvas.
ESEI uses the project-based learning and assessment methodology across its master programmes. PBL&A connects students with the real world. The idea is that students participate in learning and assessment in a way that reflects the experiences of a working professional. This means learning and honing 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.
The PBL structure is based on students working in groups. Together, they develop projects that require creativity and the ability to work together with other individuals who they might not necessarily get along with - just like in the workplace. This way, students learn to manage themselves, work as a team, negotiate and communicate with each other.
The PBL approach is entirely student-focused and mostly student-led. It adds a lot of value, meaning, engagement and fun to the learning experience. The main benefit of Project-Based Learning is that by the time students graduate, they will essentially have a portfolio of work. By working on problems based on real business, they will acquire experience that is directly applicable to what they’ll be doing as future employees or business owners. While working on projects, students sometimes get to collaborate with local businesses - not only do they tackle real-life business problems as ‘consultants’ for real companies, but they also gain valuable connections and opportunities that could help them develop their careers in the future.
Students are given the autonomy, flexibility and responsibility of working together on a project. It’s up to the teacher to decide on the format of the project - it’s very open, so for example, it can be a case study, a written report, a video, a role-playing activity, a podcast, a blog, a website, etc. The teachers create the project briefs and oversee the progress that teams are making week after week, with regular check-in points.
The Masters in Performance Health Management programme includes
3 trips to High Performance Centers & International level Orthopedic
Plus Sports Medicine Hospitals in Spain and Qatar.
Francesco Cuzzolin, PhD
Strength training, basketball physical preparation, performance and training load management for professional teams
Igor Jukic, PhD
High Performance Sport, Sports Training Theory and Methodology, Strength and Conditioning
Avery Faigenbaum, EdD
Pediatric exercise science, resistance training, athletic development, preventive medicine.
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The perfect combination of practice and knowledge in the sports sector
To shed some light on what’s in store for this particular industry in the post-Covid world, ESEI business school runs a series of live-streamed interviews with thought leaders and active professionals across the Sports sector, hosted by our Master in Sports Management Programme
Partners and Collaborators
The Master Programme in High Performance and Health Management is equivalent to 60 ECTS Credits at level 7 on the European Qualifications framework. The MBA is equivalent to 120 ECTS at level 7 on the European Qualifications Framework. Credits issued by ESEI International Business School.
Frequently Asked Questions
Job opportunities hugely depend on your qualifications, skills and experience. Around 10 offers are provided by ESEI / month, and we are in direct contact with more than 20 companies and 2 HR agencies for offers each semester. We offer assistance with all of this through our dedicated career services.
You can find more information about our Career Services through the following link
You can read more about career opportunities for international students in the following post
Student Accommodation Options:
1) we provide a list of student accommodation agencies that help our students find their ideal home in barcelona, with attractive promotional codes specific to our students.
2) there is a relocation package with an accommodation agency, you will pay a certain fee and they will send you the accommodation letter you will need for the visa, and they will do the apartment hunt for you and find you the specs you want. More details on both option can be accessed here
Non-EU citizens needing a student visa to study in Spain, should make sure to secure admission at least three months before the start of the courses to avoid delays in arrival to Barcelona. Late applications received one month prior to the start date of the course will be considered based on the available places left in the programme. Because of the limited number of places available in our programme, we advise you to start your application as early as possible. Applications are being received for the upcoming intake.
Will I receive administrative support from the school for my residency documents?
ESEI has guidelines on all administrative processes undertaken by students and the school’s staff supports students with this on a one-to-one basis.
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