Merging technological expertise and sport at the highest level.


Combining technological expertise with top-level sport.


The one year university diploma (D.U.) in ‘Optimising Sporting Performance’ combines top-level field experience with multidisciplinary scientific knowledge* and high-tech evaluation tools and methodologies to enable a highly rational understanding of physical performance in all its many facets.

It offers a response to many questions relating to sporting performance and physical training, including: How should a sports season be planned? What is the best form of training to increase maximum strength, and why? What is the best way to evaluate an athlete’s progress during the season? Which training methods provide an effective boost to marathon running speed? What is the quickest way to return to competition following an injury?

This diploma program incorporates numerous trainers, physical trainers and doctors with national and international reputations working in a variety of disciplines (cycling, rugby, swimming, athletics etc.). The broad range of their personal experience in the world of top-level sport gives this D.U. diploma unique national standing.


The diploma is designed to develop the following skills:
  • Understanding the theoretical and scientific foundations of performance.

  • Developing a multidisciplinary approach to performance based on knowledge of exercise physiology, neuroscience and the biomechanics of movement.

  • Mastering the techniques for training muscular and cardiorespiratory attributes.

  • The ability to evaluate performance and measure the progress of an athlete using physical testing in the field and the laboratory.

  • Short and long-term planning for a set of training sequences adapted to the particular athlete in order to improve physical performance.

  • The ability to anticipate and understand various injuries inherent to top-level sport, and suggest suitable exercises to optimise return to competitive fitness.

  • Using physical training management tools to improve the performance of a group or individual.

The study content uses a combination of field material and scientific fact to provide proven explanations in areas where training often falls back on empirical findings and personal experience.


The D.U. is designed for professionals who wish to supplement their training, as well as students and volunteers heavily involved in top-level sport.


This diploma program is broken down into six complementary course units:

  • Fundamental multidisciplinary knowledge of performance

  • Muscular and cardiorespiratory attribute training techniques

  • Performance evaluation

  • Training planning

  • Recovery / management

  • Internship relating to physical training

These course units are arranged as follows:
  • 140 course hours spread over 5 weeks (1 week every other month), each containing 28 hours of teaching.

  • A 60-hour internship to be completed outside of formal teaching, followed by a subsequent written dissertation.


In initial training

Initial selection from applications received, taking into account the candidate’s degrees obtained, internships, professional and/or voluntary experience and motivations.

A second selection stage by interview with appointment committee. The aim of this interview is to establish the candidate’s motivations and personality, as well as the coherence of their training project.

In continuing education

The selection is made following an interview with the head of the diploma program, who will check the consistency of the applicant’s file and (if relevant) investigate funding options.


Jérôme LAURIN – University Lecturer - Physiology -
Albéric MALFATTI - Certificated teacher - Coach of the french olympic sailing team and coach of the La Pomme Professionnal Cycling Club -
Administrative contact : Wilfried MEOZZI - -


By car:

Three motorways linking Spain, Italy and Northern Europe pass though Marseille: the A7, A55 and A50
GPS coordinates: latitude: 43.23943 | longitude: 5.43809

By air:

• Marseille Provence international airport is 45 minutes from TechnoSport
• Third-largest airport in the province for passenger traffic
• Mp2, Europe’s leading low-cost air terminal
• Flights to and from 15 destinations in France (28 Paris/Marseille flights per day, flight time 1 hour 20 minutes)
• Flights serving 100 destinations across more than 38 countries

By train:

• More than 200 trains per day
• 17 Paris/Marseille TGV high-speed trains per day (journey time 3 hours)

By bus:

921 JET bus route


Extensive free parking facilities

Local services:

• Accommodation options
• Catering services
• Outdoor activities and water sports


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