Research post in aquatic rehabilitation project at the University of Edinburgh Print

Dear colleagues,

I hope you are very well. An exciting job opportunity has arisen at the University of Edinburgh. We recently secured external funding for a 2-year project and we are looking to employ a full-time researcher for the duration of the project. The area is clinical/health biomechanics, and the project will combine EMG and video analysis to study a range of exercises used for rehabilitation in the water and on land.

I am summarising some of the main aspects of the post and the project at the end of this e-mail. If you know of any appropriate candidates please feel free to forward this e-mail and, needless to say, do not hesitate to get in touch with me should you require further information.

We'll particularly welcome applications from candidates who have completed (or are about to complete) a PhD in biomechanics and have experience in electromyography and video analysis. A clinical or health-related background and previous work with clinical populations (such as low back pain patients) would also be advantageous.

Many thanks in advance and best regards from Edinburgh,

Stelios Psycharakis

Application Link and further particulars: (Once on this page, you may also click on the 'Apply' link to see full details and job specs for this post)

Application deadline: 5pm (GMT) on 27 November.

Research Project Summary:

"The WATER project: Which AquaTic ExeRcises work best?
Identifying muscle recruitment for aquatic exercises used in interventions for core strengthening and rehabilitation from musculoskeletal disorders"

People suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and populations susceptible to back pain, such as pregnant women, the obese and elderly, often use aquatic exercise for rehabilitation and strengthening purposes. Aquatic exercise reduces spine and joint loads, and is beneficial in reducing pain, disability, and absence from work, increasing muscle function and improving quality of life.
However, information on the appropriateness of aquatic exercises targeting trunk supporting muscles is lacking.

This project combines electromyography and 3D videography to evaluate aquatic exercises used for strengthening and rehabilitation. The aim is to assess which exercises are most effective in activating trunk supporting muscles, and to quantify and compare the perceived exertion and physical effort demands of different exercises. Land exercises used by clinical populations for the same purposes will also be explored in the study, with the participants groups including both healthy individuals and low back pain patients.

It is envisaged that the findings would provide an evidence base to inform clinical practice and improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of aquatic interventions. This would positively affect patients' health and wellbeing, and reduce the economic cost of health care.

The WATER project is externally funded by the Chief Scientist's Office.