Physical Education and Exercise Laboratory
- Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation Division
The Physical Education and Exercise Laboratory of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science was established by means of the Presidential Decree 466/91 published in the Government Gazette (172/A/13.11.91) following a decision of the General Assembly (No. 38/25.04.1990), in line with the provisions of Law 1268/82 [Article 7 (5)].
The Physical Education and Exercise Laboratory is a stand-alone unit, which is organised into the following divisions in order to provide better services when covering training and research needs, due to the plethora of disciplines it deals with:
Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation Division
Recreation & Sports Tourism Division
Clinical Exercise Physiology Division
Motor Performance & Physical Education Division
Physical Performance Division
The Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation Division (or Lab) is primarily involved in the field of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. It deals with:
– Evaluating all basic parameters taken into account during rehabilitation from a musculoskeletal injury or disease such as mobility of the injured joint, muscle flexibility, muscle performance, proprioception and functional movement
– Implementing rehabilitation programs and evaluating their results concerning the treatment of certain injuries or diseases of the musculoskeletal system: Customized planning and implementation of various rehabilitation programs based on the profile of each patient.
The experts’ focus has been mainly on developing and implementing exercise programs for injured athletes (especially in professional soccer players of the National Super League) and patients with chronic muscle skeletal problems such as spine dysfunctions.
The Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation Lab consists of academic staff coming from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science:
Emeritus Professor and Orthopedic Doctor Dr. Gododias Georgios: A world-renowned orthopedist with outstanding research and scientific work published. Team Doctor of the Greek National Football Τeam, while supporting a large number of Greek and European high-level athletes medically.
Professor Vivian Paraskevi Malliou: As Rehabilitation Researcher, Athletic trainer and Physical Therapist. She has more than 25 years of experience as responsible in Rehabilitation design programs in athletes and trainees,
Professor Anastasia Beneka: Since 2000 her academic teaching ad research is focused on developing and implementing exercise programs for injured athletes and patients with chronic muscle skeletal problems with accumulated experience in spine mobility dysfunctions and also in application of communication and counseling techniques during rehabilitation.
Associate Professor Asimenia Gioftsidou, expert in designing and implementing injury prevention programs in athletes specifically in soccer players.