Master – Sciences and techniques of physical and sporting activities (STAPS): Adapted Physical Activities and Health (APA-S)

Domain: Sciences, technologies and health in tropical environments

Course: Sports and health engineering

ECTS credits


level of studies
at the end of training

Baccalaureate + 5

Teaching locations

Le Tampon – Le Tampon Campus

Type of training : Master

Training regime: Initial formation

Training summary

The STAPS APA-S Master is intended to train specialists in sports and health engineering.

These professionals will be able to design training, retraining and physical activity programs adapted within the framework of the exercise prescription provided for by law.

They will also be able to coordinate projects and teams of APA-S educators or teachers in this field of activity.

Training aims

The objective of the APA-S Master is to offer a strong valence on research tools in order to offer future graduates tools for the diagnosis and for the scientific evaluation of professional practices in a clinical environment or in sports environment.

The expertise of the teacher-researchers in the scientific fields corresponding to this training ensures a research-field inter-relationship.

Advantages of the training

The training allows for effective professional integration. The APA-S Master's degree currently offers numerous professional opportunities thanks to the development of public health policies favorable to the generalization of healthy sport and the development of exercise prescription provided for in the 2016 health modernization law.

The demand for competent professionals in the field of APA-S and project managers in the field is currently very strong.

Targeted skills

  • Advanced and specialized uses of digital tools

  • Development and integration of highly specialized knowledge

  • Specialized communication for knowledge transfer

  • Support for transformation in a professional context

  • Design and improvement of assessments of the resources and skills of people with disabilities and/or specific needs

  • Medium-term evaluation and analysis of programs and measures mobilized for specific audiences

  • Design, planning and coordination of APA-S intervention projects

  • Supervision and training for the APA-S project

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Summary of lessons by course

The training includes 19 teaching units. These teaching units include fundamental elements of human movement and its control in healthy and pathological cases, elements relating to the psychology of the individual and the psychosocial determinants of health, elements concerning the tools and methods of evaluation and intervention of APA-S practices, transversal and research-related elements, elements relating to knowledge of the professional environment and finally the field internship.

Regarding the fundamentals of human movement, the lessons deepen theoretical knowledge on motor control, functional biomechanics and physiological regulations during exercise mediated by the autonomic nervous system.

In master 2, notions of biomechanics of musculo-tendinous tissue, mechanisms of neuroplasticity and neuromuscular aging are addressed, to deepen the methods of 3D analysis of movement and notions of biomechanics and motor control in relation to posture and locomotion.


Compulsory internship in master 1 and master 2

Specific devices

Not concerned

Conditions of access to training

On file, baccalaureate + 3 or equivalent

Continuing Studies


Career opportunities

  • Teacher of adapted physical activities

  • Project manager (including clinical research project) related to APA-S

  • Health network manager

  • Team leader of teachers in APA-S

  • Head of department

  • Sports health study engineer

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