The Foundation awards are dedicated to Francisco Amorós y Ondeano, Marqués de Sotelo; a military and pedagogue Valencian born in 1770. Because of his ideas he had to go into exile in France in 1813. Throughout his life, both in Spain and France, he promoted gymnastics through publications such as Manuel d’éducation physique, gymnastique et morale and through the direction of institutions such as the Real Instituto Militar Pestalozziano in Madrid and the Gymnase Normal Militaire et Civil in Paris. He generated his own gymnastic method of pedagogical, therapeutic, rehabilitative and military application. He is considered the father of modern physical education in Spain and France, matter that ascended to the category of science. He died in Paris in 1848, leaving a legacy that still survives.

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The aims of the Foundation could not materialize without the ingenuity and intelligence that Francisco Amorós had in our scientific field. We can think of no better way to remember and pay tribute to his memory than putting the name of Amorós to the Foundation’s awards.


The Scientific Committee of the Fundación de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte issues the following failure corresponding to the VI call of the Amorós Awards 2023, in the National Final Degree Work category.

It is declared the winner of the 1st Prize to Gema Santamaría Gómez, for the work entitled Impacto de la exposición hipóxica intermitente normobárica en reposo sobre el rendimiento deportivo, biomarcadores hematológicos y detección de la seguridad renal, en atletas profesionales que viven y entrenan en altitud media. Ensayo clínico aleatorizado ciego simple, defended at the Universidad de Valladolid. Endowed with 1.000 euros, trophy and certificate of accrediting.

It is declared the winner of the 2nd Prize to Alba Tejada González, for the work entitled La incorporación a la práctica deportiva en mujeres con Daño Cerebral Adquirido: un estudio cualitativo, defended at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Endowed with 500 euros and certificate of accrediting.

It is declared the winner of the 3rd Prize to Óscar Garrido Rodríguez, for the work entitled Toma de conciencia y mejora del nivel de las habilidades en el juego, defended at the Universidad de Valladolid. Endowed with 250 euros and certificate of accrediting.

The awards will be delivered in the:
Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte-INEF
C/ Martin Fierro nº 7
28040 Madrid

Date and time:
October 7, 2023
6:00 p.m.


  • Bronze bust of Amorós