Sign In
  • A-
  • A
  • A+
  • ع
  • A-
  • A
  • A+
  • ع
Dr.Ashokan Arumugam Assistant Professor Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy

Research Interests:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury, hamstring injury, biomechanics of the lower limbs, surface electromyography, motion analysis, physical activity assessment and promotion, musculoskeletal/sports injury assessment and rehabilitation, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Contact

2014 Doctor of Philosophy, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand. PhD thesis: Effects of external pelvic compression on electromyographic activity of lumbopelvic and thigh muscles during two weight-bearing functional tasks and thigh muscle torque during isokinetic testing of the knee in sportsmen with and without hamstring injuries. 2008 Master of Physiotherapy (Orthopaedics & Manual Therapy), Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University, Karnataka, India. 2004 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, PSG College of Physiotherapy, The TN Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu, India.
2019 (Mar-Jul) Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, College of Health Sciences, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Physiotherapy, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden 2015-2016 Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia 2014-2015 Freelance Physical Therapy Practitioner, Healthcare Research Professional, Guest Lecturer or Resource Person for Seminars and Workshops at some Institutions in India. 2014 Visiting Faculty, RVS College of Physiotherapy, Coimbatore, India Part-time (teaching/research) positions held while doing PhD at the University of Otago 2014/2 – 2014/3 Research Assistant, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago 2011/2 - 2014/3 Senior Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago (Physiotherapy, Medicine, Pharmacy and Physical Education courses) 2012/3 - 2012/6 Anatomy Tutor, Maori Centre, University of Otago 2011/6 - 2011/8 Research Assistant, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago 2011/7 - 2011/11Senior Demonstrator/tutor, School of Physical Education, University of Otago (Motor control and biomechanics for Physical Education Course) Guest lectures 2017, 2015 Lectures on clinical reasoning in manual therapy, basics of neuromusculoskeletal examination, and hands-on manual therapy training and clinical case discussions for postgraduate students (Physiotherapy) at JSS college of Physiotherapy, Mysuru, Karnataka, India. 2016, 2011 Lectures and hands-on manual therapy techniques for assessing and treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders for postgraduate students (Physiotherapy) at the Manipal University, Karnataka, India and PSG College of Physiotherapy, Tamil Nadu, India 2012-2013 Online lectures on neuromusculoskeletal assessment, clinical reasoning and clinical cases to postgraduate students studying Physiotherapy at the Manipal University, Karnataka, India and PSG College of Physiotherapy, Tamil Nadu, India 2011 Lectures on manual therapy techniques for assessing and treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders to postgraduate students studying Physiotherapy at PSG College of Physiotherapy, Tamil Nadu, India
• BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2019/7 to date), ISSN: 1471-2474 (https://bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/about) • Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy (2014/8 to date), ISSN: 2157-7595 (http://omicsonline.org/editorialboard-yoga-physical-therapy-open-access.php) • Austin Journal of Anatomy (2015/4 to date), ISSN: 2381-8921 (http://austinpublishinggroup.com/anatomy/editorialboard.php) • International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences (2014/7 to date), ISSN: 0975-6299 (http://www.ijpbs.net/editorial-board.html) • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – International (2014/7 to date) (http://www.austinpublishinggroup.com/physical-medicine/editorialBoard.php) • International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development (2018/8 to date) E-ISSN: 2349-4182, P-ISSN: 2349-5979 (http://www.allsubjectjournal.com/board) International Editorial Advisory Board Member • Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (2013/7 to date), ISSN Print: 0973-5666, ISSN Online: 0973-5674 (http://www.ijpot.com/editorial.html)
Membership of Professional Bodies • International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology (2017 to date) • Biomechanics Group at the Physiotherapy Section of Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University (2016 to date) • Sweden’s University Teachers and Researchers Union (Sveriges Universitetslärare och Forskare, SULF) – Membership no. 10 049 072 (2017-2018) • The Indian Association of Physiotherapists – Membership no. L 22252 (2005 to date) • Registered with the Physiotherapy Board of NZ - Special purpose scope of practice for postgraduate study - 70-11830 (2010 to [July] 2014) • Clinical Biomechanics Group at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (2012 to [March] 2014)
Lower limb kinematics and kinetics of a novel one-leg double-hop test involving unanticipated/anticipated diagonal hops in individuals with unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, healthy controls and athletes. The effects of neuromuscular rehabilitation training on knee proprioception in persons with anterior cruciate ligament injury or reconstruction - a systematic review and meta-analysis. PROSPERO 2018 registration: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018107349 Psychometric properties of knee joint proprioception tests in healthy individuals and those with anterior cruciate ligament injury with or without reconstruction - A systematic review. PROSPERO 2018 registration: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018108014
Arumugam A, Strong A, Tengman E, Röijezon U, Häger C. (2019). Psychometric properties of knee proprioception tests targeting healthy individuals and those with anterior cruciate ligament injury managed with or without reconstruction: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 2019;9:e027241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027241 (Impact factor – 2.413) Arumugam A, Markström JL, & Häger CK. (2019). Introducing a novel test with unanticipated medial/lateral diagonal hops that reliably captures hip and knee kinematics in healthy women. Journal of biomechanics, 82:70-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.10.015 (Impact factor – 2.431) Arumugam A, Chandrasekaran B, Kumaran SD. (2019). Letter to the editor concerning the assessment of range and quality of neck movement using a smartphone-based application. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice; 43:e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2019.04.014 Arumugam A (2018). Musculoskeletal imaging: Sacral osteosarcoma masquerading as posterior thigh pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 48:665-665. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2018.8032 (Impact factor – 3.090, ranked #8/65 in Rehabilitation, #12/77 in Orthopaedics). Arumugam A (2018). Clinical versus radiological findings: A paradox in diagnosing minor hamstring injuries. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 27:52-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2017.11.004 (Impact factor - 0.704) Arumgam A, Raja K, Venugopalan M, Chandrasekaran B, Sampath KK, Muthusamy H, Shanmugam N. (2016). Down syndrome – A narrative review with a focus on anatomical features. Clinical Anatomy, 29(5): 568-577. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ca.22672 (Impact factor - 1.908, ranked #7/21 in Anatomy & Morphology) Arumugam A, Aldhafiri F (2016). A researcher’s ethical dilemma: Is self-plagiarism a condemnable practice or not? – An editorial. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 29:1-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2016.1185894 (Impact factor - 1.129) Arumgam A (2016). Letter to the Editor regarding a study titled “A modified straight leg raise test to differentiate between sural nerve pathology and Achilles tendinopathy. A cross- sectional cadaver study” by Coppieters et al. (2015). Manual Therapy, 22: e3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2015.11.002 (Impact factor - 2.330, ranked #14/65 in Rehabilitation) Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G (2015). Effects of external pelvic compression on isokinetic strength of the thigh muscles in sportsmen with and without hamstring injuries. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(3): 283-288. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2014.05.009 (Impact factor - 3.929, ranked #8/81 in Sport Sciences Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G. (2015). Effects of external pelvic compression on electromyographic activity of the hamstring muscles during unipedal stance in sportsmen with and without hamstring injuries. Manual Therapy, 20(3): 412- 419. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2014.10.011 (Impact factor - 2.330, ranked #14/65 in Rehabilitation) Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G. (2015). The effect of a pelvic compression belt on functional hamstring muscle activity in sportsmen with and without previous hamstring injury. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 10(3): 291- 302. Rahman M, Chandrasekaran B, Venugopalan M, Arumugam A (2015). The effect of a circuit training program on functional performance in children with spastic cerebral palsy – A quasi-experimental pilot study. International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 4(4):227-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.5455/ijhrs.000000093 Arumugam A. (2014). Editorial: Avoiding mistakes in writing a scientific manuscript – A novice’s perspective. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 4: e118. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7595.1000e118 Arumugam A (2014). Commentary on - Silder A, Sherry M, Sanfilippo J, Tuite M, Hetzel S, Heiderscheit B (2013). Clinical and morphological changes following 2 rehabilitation programs for acute hamstring strain injuries: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 43: 284-299. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(1):47. Ahmed O H, Claydon L S, Ribeiro D C, Arumugam A, Higgs C, David Baxter G (2013). Social media for physiotherapy clinics: considerations in creating a Facebook page. Physical Therapy Reviews, 18(1):43-48. https://doi.org/10.1179/1743288X12Y.0000000039 Arumugam A, Devan H (2013). Book review - Whittle’s gait analysis (5th ed). Physical Therapy Reviews, 18(6):463-466. Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G (2012). Evaluation of changes in pelvic belt tension during two weight-bearing functional tasks. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 35(5):390-395. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.04.019 (Impact factor - 1.426, ranked #17/27 in Integrative & Complementary Medicine) Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G (2012). Effects of external pelvic compression on form closure, force closure, and neuromotor control of the lumbopelvic spine - a systematic review. Manual Therapy, 17(4):275-284. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2012.01.010 (Impact factor - 2.330) Arumugam A, Milosavljevic S, Woodley S, Sole G (2012). Can application of a pelvic belt change injured hamstring muscle activity? Medical Hypotheses, 78(2):277-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2011.10.045 (Impact factor - 1.120) Arumugam A, Mani R, Raja k (2011). Interrater reliability of the cranio-cervical flexion test in asymptomatic individuals – a cross-sectional study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(4):247-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2011.04.011 (Impact factor - 1.426, ranked #17/27 in Integrative & Complementary Medicine) Arumugam A, Mani R, Raja k, Cherian p (2010). Reliability and concurrent validity of the modified sphygmomanometer in cranio-cervical flexion test on asymptomatic individuals. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, 4(4):1-7.
Supervision of postgraduate dissertation/thesis • Doctor of Philosophy – Baskaran Chandrasekaran (started in 2018): The effectiveness of technology-assisted versus traditional physical activity program on sitting time and activity levels in Manipal University desk-based employees - A three-arm cluster randomized controlled trial (ongoing study). Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. Primary supervisor: Dr. Chythra Rao. My role: co- supervisor. • Doctor of Philosophy – Kavitha Vishal (started in 2019): The effectiveness of bilateral sensorimotor training on upper quadrant function and quality of life in individuals with unilateral rotator cuff related shoulder pain - A randomized controlled trial (ongoing study). Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. Primary supervisor: Pro. Arun G. Maiya. My role: co- supervisor. • Master’s Dissertation - Abdulraouf Alsolmi (2016): Use of inertial measurement unit to assess knee kinematics during activities of daily living and sports-related activities: A narrative review. (A Research Project submitted for the partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Sports Physiotherapy Degree at University of Otago, New Zealand). Primary Supervisor: Dr. Gisela Sole. My role: co-supervisor. Supervision of undergraduate dissertation/thesis Umeå University, Sweden • Sanna Mikko (2018): The effectiveness of rehabilitation training to improve proprioception following anterior cruciate ligament injury or reconstruction - A systematic review and meta-analysis (Completed). My role: primary supervisor. • Johan Rutgersson and Fredrik Svanberg (2018): Investigation of electromyographic activity of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles during the land-and-cut maneuver of a novel one- leg double hop test with unanticipated/anticipated diagonal hops in individuals with and without anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (Completed). My role: primary and sole supervisor. Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia • Mohammad Othman (2015): Cranio-cervical Flexor Strengthening in the Management of Neck pain – A Narrative Review • Sulaiman Alhammad (2015): Nordic Hamstring Exercises in the Management of Hamstring Injury – A Narrative Review • Saleh Almoyged (2015): Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Narrative Review with a • Focus on Anatomical Features, Mechanism of Injury, and Physical Therapy Management • Mubarak Hadi (2015): Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury of the Ankle – A Review of literature • Msaad Abdullah (2015): Tennis Elbow – A Narrative Review • Abdullah Suliman Aldwehy (2015): Laser Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Joint – A scoping review My role: I was the primary and sole supervisor for the above-mentioned undergraduate student projects.
2018 Wallenberg Foundation Travel Award (SEK 12400) for attending the ISEK Congress 2018 and the ECSS congress 2018, Dublin, Ireland 2017 Outstanding Reviewer, Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, Elsevier, The Netherlands 2017 Outstanding Reviewer, Physical Therapy in Sport, Elsevier, The Netherlands 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Umeå University, Sweden 2013 Scroll of Honour received at Stride’13 conference, Saveetha University, India 2013 University of Otago PhD Travel Grant (NZ$ 2000) for attending Stride’13 Conference, Saveetha University, India 2013 Postgraduate publishing bursary (monthly stipend of NZ$2083 for 3 months) 2010 - 2013 University of Otago Postgraduate/Doctoral Scholarship (full tuition fee waiver and annual stipend of NZ$ 25000 for 36 months) 2012 Most Overs Award from Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand 2011 Outstanding New Demonstrator Award from Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand 2010 II prize in 3 Minutes Thesis Competition held at School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand 2008 Gold medallist in Master of Physiotherapy Part I Examinations, Overall Topper in Musculoskeletal & Manual Therapy (Part I + Part II Examinations) 2007 I prize in the Karnataka State Inter-Physiotherapy College Quiz Competition organized by NITTE Institute of Physiotherapy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India 2004 I prize in the Intercollegiate Quiz Competition on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation organized by K.M.C.H. College of Occupational therapy, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India 1999-2004 Awards received in Bachelor of Physiotherapy Examinations: I Rank in Anatomy II Rank in Therapeutic Massage I Rank in Physical Therapy in Orthopaedics I Rank in Clinical Neurology for Physiotherapists and II Rank in Rehabilitation Medicine including Geriatric Rehabilitation
I consider my primary goal as a teacher is to teach the science and art of physical therapy to create an army of “health warriors” focusing on promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative activities for improving the health of the community. First and foremost, I advocate active learning strategies which involve learning through activities and/or discussion in class as opposed to classical didactic lectures. Second, I would adopt my teaching methods to suit the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and all types of learners. Third, I would strive to teach the pedagogy of clinical empathy to my students studying physical therapy courses.
Back to list