Sports & Biomechanical Medicine Graduates

This morning’s eclipse of the sun heralded good fortune upon three postgraduate students who had their Viva examinations today.

All three have been studying for the MSc in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine at the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) at the TORT Centre. A large audience of over 30 people were in attendance to see the student’s pre-Viva oral presentations including the External Examiner, Mr Peter Briggs, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in foot and ankle surgery, at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS. He, along with the rest of the examining committee, was impressed with the novel subjects studied and the research carried out by all candidates, which will be prepared for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the near future.

  • Arun Karumathil (India) - “A kinematic comparison of running and walking wearing minimalist shoes”
  • Luis Larrea (Spain) - “The relationship of vagal tone and sinus bradycardia with VO2max due to heart adaptation from exercise training in endurance-based athletes”.
  • Jeanaanii Sakathevan (UK) - “A kinematic and kinetic comparison of both walking and running barefoot and using a minimalistic shoe”.

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Jeanaanii, Luis and Arun presenting their research

Mrs Linda Johnston, Course Co-Director, stated:

“I was impressed with the oral presentations given by the students. Their understanding and enthusiasm of their respective sports research is clear and they all presented with great skill, which will hopefully lead to publications in sport-related peer-reviewed journals in the very near future.”

Head of Department, Co-Director of the MSc and Director of IMAR, Professor Rami Abboud, stated:

“The three presentations have without any doubt outshined the eclipse demonstrating a high level of understanding and commitment by the three students. It has been a long but worthwhile journey by Arun, Luis and Jeanaanii meeting all the learning outcomes to qualify for the Masters. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the staff of the Department to wish our graduates every success in their future careers and hope that they, like their predecessors, stay in touch and continue to be ambassadors for the course and the University of Dundee as a whole.”

Further information about the course HERE, and graduate course testimonials HERE.