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Dr Prasath Jayakaran

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsBPT MPT PhD
Research summaryPostural balance, motor control, and physical activity
Teaching
  • Selected modules in undergraduate physiotherapy papers
  • Undergraduate clinical teaching/supervision (Year 2)
  • Postgraduate research supervision
Memberships
  • International society for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research
  • Cochrane Rehabilitation group
Clinical
  • Balance Wise exercise class: A weekly group exercise class for adults with balance impairment

Research

Prasath has a primary interest in rehabilitation of individuals with pain and physical disability. Prasath completed his doctoral studies in 2012 on postural balance in lower limb amputations. He has since completed two postdoctoral fellowships, first at Brunel University, London (one year), followed by another at School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (three years) where he was involved in projects investigating gait and balance, with an application to people with pain and disability. In March 2017, he accepted an academic position at the School of Physiotherapy to develop and strengthen balance research across lifespan.

His current investigations and research interests:

  • Postural control and functional balance across lifespan and in individuals with physical disability
  • Motor control and cortical re-organisation in persons with lower limb amputation
  • Physical activity and quality of life in persons with long-term physical disability

Research grants (as Prinicpal Investigator):

  • Jack Thompson Arthritis – Otago Medical Research Foundation (2016–2017)
  • Lottery Health Research grants (2015–2017)
  • Jack Thompson Arthritis – Otago Medical Research Foundation (2015–2016)
  • New Zealand Artificial Limb Service (2015)
  • Maurice Phyllis Paykel Trust Project grant (joint PI – 2015–2016)
  • Maurice Phyllis Paykel Trust Project grant (2014–2015)

Additional details

Regular peer-reviewer for:

  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics International

Publications

Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Predictive relationship between psychological, social, physical activity, and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1648715

Sole, G., Mącznik, A. K., Ribeiro, D. C., Jayakaran, P., & Wassinger, C. A. (2019). Perspectives of participants with rotator cuff-related pain to a neuroscience-informed pain education session: An exploratory mixed method study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542037

Othman, R., Dassanayake, S., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Relationships between psychological, social, physical activity and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with spinal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/ajp.0000000000000775

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., Kondov, M., McPherson, T., Sutherland, L., & Wypych, A. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs towards physical activity participation in individuals with below-knee amputation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 118-128. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.06

Hale, L., Stokes, T., Scarth, B., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Doolan-Noble, F., Jayakaran, P., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., & Higgs, C. (2019). Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the diabetes community exercise and education programme (DCEP) for long-term management of diabetes. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025578. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025578

Journal - Research Article

Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Predictive relationship between psychological, social, physical activity, and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1648715

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., Kondov, M., McPherson, T., Sutherland, L., & Wypych, A. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs towards physical activity participation in individuals with below-knee amputation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 118-128. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.06

Othman, R., Dassanayake, S., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Relationships between psychological, social, physical activity and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with spinal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/ajp.0000000000000775

Sole, G., Mącznik, A. K., Ribeiro, D. C., Jayakaran, P., & Wassinger, C. A. (2019). Perspectives of participants with rotator cuff-related pain to a neuroscience-informed pain education session: An exploratory mixed method study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542037

Othman, R., Mani, R., Krishnamurthy, I., & Jayakaran, P. (2018). Non-pharmacological management of phantom limb pain in lower limb amputation: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 23(2), 88-98. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1412789

Jayakaran, P., Mitchell, L., & Johnson, G. M. (2018). Peripheral sensory information and postural control in children with strabismus. Gait & Posture, 65, 197-202. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.07.173

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., & Hale, L. (2018). Comparison of self-reported physical activity levels and quality of life between individuals with dysvascular and non-dysvascular below knee amputation: A cross-sectional study. Disability & Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.10.005

Fernandopulle, S., Perry, M., Manlapaz, D., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Effect of land-based generic physical activity interventions on pain, physical function, and physical performance in hip and knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(11), 773-792. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000000736

Meldrum, S., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Licorish, S., Tahir, A., Bosu, M., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Is knee pain information on YouTube videos perceived to be helpful? An analysis of user comments and implications for dissemination on social media. Digital Health, 3. doi: 10.1177/2055207617698908

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2017). A narrative synthesis of Nintendo Wii Fit gaming protocol in addressing balance among healthy older adults: What system works? Games for Health Journal, 6(2), 65-74. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2016.0082

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2015). Postural control in response to altered sensory conditions in persons with dysvascular and traumatic transtibial amputation. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(2), 331-339. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.09.037

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2014). Turning performance in persons with a dysvascular transtibial amputation. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 38(1). doi: 10.1177/0309364613485114

Jayakaran, P., DeSouza, L., Cossar, J., & Gilhooly, K. (2014). Influence of walking aid on temporal and spatial parameters of gait in healthy adults. PM&R, 6(9), 796-801. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.02.005

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2013). Concurrent validity of the Sensory Organization Test measures in unilateral transtibial amputees. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 37(1), 65-69. doi: 10.1177/0309364612448391

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Mani, R., Jayakaran, P., Aldabe, D., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Inter-tester reliability of non-invasive technique for measurement of innominate motion. Manual Therapy, 17(1), 71-76. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2011.09.005

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., Sullivan, S. J., & Nitz, J. C. (2012). Instrumented measurement of balance and postural control in individuals with lower limb amputation: A critical review. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35(3), 187-196. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e3283550ff9

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Test-retest reliability of the Sensory Organization Test in older persons with a transtibial amputation. PM&R, 3(8), 723-729. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.01.005

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Journal - Research Other

Hale, L., Stokes, T., Scarth, B., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Doolan-Noble, F., Jayakaran, P., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., & Higgs, C. (2019). Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the diabetes community exercise and education programme (DCEP) for long-term management of diabetes. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025578. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025578

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2019). Risk factors for falls in adults with knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review. PM&R. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12066

Jayakaran, P., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Stepping forward following lower limb amputation. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1466439

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Reliability and concurrent validity of the Step Quick Turn Test in older persons with a unilateral transtibial amputation. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90(10), 798-804. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e318228bd45

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