What are Staps ?
STAPS (Sciences and Techniques of Sports and Physical Activities) is one of the most attractive disciplines in the French University landscape : high level research, all educational levels - bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, PhDs - adapted to the realities of employment in attractive and varied spheres of activities.
- Professions of education and research (primary school through to high school physical education and sport teaching, university careers...)
- Researchers: Research covers several domains of motor and sports activities, taught in 5 main disciplines:
- Social Sciences
- Professions related to health and well-being (fitness, aging, obesity, handicap...)
- Professions in recreation, tourism and leisure activities (associations, leisure centers, sports and leisure activities...)
- Communication professions and sports marketing (communication or marketing manager in federations, sports companies.
Thanks to a proactive strategy, the STAPS departments display today one of the best rates of professional insertion in French universities: 85% of students holding at least a bachelor's degree find stable and qualification-related employment within six months of graduation..
Sports Management BSc degree
Marketing - Communication - Organization - Sporting events management
This undergraduate course aims at teaching students about the organization, management and youth-leading activities related to the field of physical activities, both in the private and public sectors, as well as in community life. Students learn about organization and communication related to sporting events. This three-year course combines open-air sports and teachings in sociology, economics and sports law. Students also do work placements in the sectors of sport, tourism and commerce. Several partnerships with Regional Councils, Regional Olympic Committees and the Sports Departments of the Urban District enable students to take part in the organization of local, national or international sporting events.
Ergonomics in Sport and Motor Performance BSc degree
Products - Task - Efficiency - Performance
This undergraduate course focuses on the optimization and the conversion of facilities for physical activity in schools or companies. Students learn about the design of sporting or occupational facilities according to the users' needs. They also study biomechanics, anatomy, exercise physiology and psychology to better understand issues related to security and safety systems, occupational accidents, the design of sporting equipment and the mechanics of movement. Students attend work placements with partner companies or sports associations where they analyze tasks, design products, study the conversion of sports facilities or validate tests. They can pursue studies and join a post-graduate course (two more years after the Bachelor's degree) in "Human Biomechanics, Ergonomics and Clinical research" during which they have the opportunity to start a research work in biomechanics and ergonomics utilizing one of the research laboratories.
Physical and Sport Education BSc degree
Learning - Teaching - Physical education
This undergraduate course focuses on the teaching and the facilitation of physical and sport exercise in primary and secondary education, sports clubs or local associations. Students learn about the history of sports, physiology, and the psychology of motor skills learning in order to create teaching and activity modules. They do many different sports and develop their teaching-related knowledge through courses on didactics and pedagogy. This theoretical knowledge is applied during work experiences in secondary schools, carried out in partnership with the regional Education Office. They also attend classes on how to use new technology in teaching modules. A majority of students are preparing for the French competitive exams to become primary school teachers or physical education teachers. They usually join a post-graduate course in "Physical Education, Sports and Health" (two more years after the Bachelor's degree) and start a research work in the field of education. Several professor-researchers contribute to this course related to the psychology of sport and physical exercise, the physiology of physical exercise, biomechanics and the management of organizations.
Adapted Physical Activity and Health BSc degree
Sport and disability - Health care
This undergraduate course focuses on physical activity and health benefits. Throughout their curriculum, students discover cases of persons requiring adaptation for participation in the context of physical activity. Progressively, students consider different strategies dedicated to help disadvantaged people to practice physical activities through appropriately designed and modified equipment, tasks criteria, forms of instruction, and adaptation to physical and social environment. Within this professional branch of kinesiology / physical education / sport & human movement sciences, students learn about significant benefits which can be obtained with a moderate amount of physical exercise, preferably on a daily basis. They also study the practical and theoretical endeavors in physical activity and recreation for people with disabilities in order to promote appropriate active lifestyles and a healthy quality of life (APAC). Students develop skills in coordination, support, and the facilitation of sports, including disability programs within the local sport partnership structure.
Sport Training BSc degree
This undergraduate course focuses on sport performance and physical activity. Students learn about programs designed to physically and technically optimize athletic performance. Throughout the curriculum, students learn and explore techniques dedicated to enhance athletic performance through nutritional modulation and supplementation, and via manipulation of training. Under a more psychological point of view, students examine the psychological factors that can affect sports training and individual or collective performance (e.g., anxiety, self-confidence, motivation). Students, in collaboration with athletes, are taught to build a strategic plan as a road map outlining the goals and objectives related to desired outcomes as well as metrics for measuring progress. They also develop skills in prevention, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy, physiology and nutrition. The curriculum becomes progressively more focused and specialized over the three years of the program. During their time at University, students are actively encouraged to build up a portfolio of coaching qualifications, work-based learning, and voluntary experiences.