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
Guest Lecturer or
Resource Person for
Workshops at some
Institutions in India.
2014 Visiting Faculty,
RVS College of
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
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)
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
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.
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,
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,
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