Sports Research Institute

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    08193 Bellaterra(Cerdanyola del Vallès)


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Created in January 2020 as a UAB own institute with an interdisciplinary nature that brings together, coordinates and potentiates ongoing and new sport-related research lines, educational programmes and knowledge transfer activities. IRE-UAB is based on the rich UAB historical capital in sport-related academic activities and university services for more than 30 years. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of a healthy, cohesive and sustainable society in a global and changing context and respond to the needs of our economic and social environment, through interdisciplinary research in sport, knowledge transfer and the training of professionals. IRE-UAB gathers academic staff from 15 UAB Departments, trainee research and research support staff,  project collaborators, and a strong local and international network of institutional academic relations.

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Physical activity, diet and healthy lifestyle: Promotion of physical activity, diet and healthy lifestyle (ex-athletes, adults, the elderly and adolescents) Psychophysiological evaluation of stress-recovery processes. Psychological and physiological markers of health and physical condition mHealth (Mobile Health) technology to assess and monitor active behavior, sports performance and healthy eating. Big data and machine learning methodologies to analyze physical activity behaviors and sports performance.
  • High sports performance: Dual elite sport career: combining sport with studies and professions of athletes, coaches and referees. Technology applied to high sports performance. Virtual and augmented reality applied to the improvement of psychological aspects of sports performance.
  • Communication and sport: New communication challenges in clubs and international organizations. Informative discourse on sport. Gender media discourses on sports and female empowerment. Fictional depictions of sports practice on television as a transmitter of values ​​to young people. Social networks, athletes, institutions and fans. Communication, sponsorship and the new economy of sport and the future of audiovisual sports rights Athletes as generators of the foreign image of a country. Sound as a strategic element for the construction of the identity and brand of sports institutions.
  • Sports law: National and international regulation of athlete contracts. Taxation of income from sports activities. Legal personality and organization of sports entities. Industrial property in sport from commercial law. Competition and sports law.
  • Economics and management of sport and sports organizations: Football economy. Management and impact of sports events. Entrepreneurship in the sports industry. Performance of work teams.
  • Sports values education: Psychological intervention with trainers of young athletes. Values ​​in sport for children and parents. Physical activity and sport as a tool for social inclusion. Bullying in sport. Sport and critical capacity development.
  • Data engineering: Big data infrastructure in sports. Data analysis on social media: predictive insight of fan preferences. Data processing of wearable technologies in high performance sports. Influence of data on coaches' decision-making.
  • Natural environment, sustainability and sport: Development of intervention protocols for health promotion based on the practice of physical activity in the natural environment. Greening of events and facilities. Sustainable organization of events.
  • Sport governance: Soft diplomacy in sports. Governance in international sports. Gender and sports governance. Institutions and corruption in sport.
  • Historical sports memory: Sport and identity. Global and local history of sport.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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