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Gok Kandasamy

Gok Kandasamy

About Gok Kandasamy

Gok Kandasamy has over 15 years of experience in higher education, held a number of responsibilities which include: Clinical Consultancy, developing an international partnership, teaching and leading at BSc and MSc Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy Programmes. 

Gok is a registered physiotherapist graduated from Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India, with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. He went on to complete an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy in 2002 from Hamdard University, New Delhi, India and MSc in Sports Biomechanics in 2006 from John Moores University, Liverpool.

Before coming to Teesside, Gok worked as a Senior Lecturer in India for five years, delivering modules in a physiotherapy programme and as a course leader for MSc Sports Physiotherapy programme. He also worked as a Sports Physiotherapist for many ITF tennis tournaments in India.

Gok is an external examiner and has undertaken external consultancy work on curriculum design as well as the staff development activities. Gok is a University Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of HEA.

Currently, Gok is pursuing his PhD (part-time) on ‘Development and evaluation of low-cost 3D imaging, mobile, surface topography APP for measuring 3D back shape in a clinical setting'.

Research interests and activities

Gok’s primary research interest include: 
• prevention of overuse lower limb injuries in sports,   
• biomechanical analysis (Kinetic link) of the lower limb in sports
• a relationship between foot type and overuse injuries in sports
• Biomechanical analysis of spinal mobilisation.

PhD and research opportunities

Currently, Gok is pursuing his PhD (part-time) on ‘Development and evaluation of low-cost 3D imaging, mobile, surface topography APP for measuring 3D back shape in a clinical setting'.

External roles and professional activities

Currently external examiner for 

University of Gloucester (MSc Sports Therapy)
University of Chichester (BSc Sports Therapy)
University of Kent (BSc Sports Therapy)

Learning and teaching interests

As a module leader for Level 6 and Level 7 modules, I was involved in motivating students, creating an environment conducive to learning, knowledge that will help them be successful in achieving their goals, materials, opportunities, and feedback that will help them learn, and , in becoming and remaining motivated to be successful both in their studies and in applying their knowledge to solve problems in the clinical environment.  Key pedagogical methods followed in my modules are problem-based learning, peer-based learning and work-based learning.

Current research interests in learning and teaching include,
Work/Practice-based learning pedagogy;

·         Leadership via academic mentoring;

·         Evaluating the effectiveness of technology-enabled learning (m-learning)

·         Graduate profiles

·    Gamification


Josette Bettany‐Saltikov, Gokulakannan Kandasamy, Dariusz Czaprowski and Lukasz Stolinski (2017). 'Limits of Normality and Symmetry in Standing Back Shape and Posture: 3D Mapping and Analysis of Young Adults, Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders.' InTech, Available from:

Bettany-Saltikov J.A., Weiss, H., Chockalingam, N., Kandasamy, G. (2016): ‘A Comparison of Patient-Reported Outcome MeasuresFollowing Different Treatment Approaches for Adolescents with Severe IdiopathicScoliosis: A Systematic Review’. Asian Spine Journal. 10(6), p.1170. doi 10.4184/asj.2016.10.6.1170

Alagesan, J., Kumaresan, A., Anandh, V., Kandasamy, G. (2014): ‘Knowledgeof Undergraduate Medical Students Regarding Current Physiotherapy Profession’.Journal of Research in Medical Education& Ethics, 4(3), p.297

Conference Papers:



Bettany-Saltikov, J. A. (Josette)Kandasamy, G. (Gokulakannan)Schreiber, S.Stolinski, L.Czaprowski, D.Warren, J. G. (Julian): “Normative data of 3D back shape in asymptomatic subjects” SOSORT Lyon, 4 May - 6 May 2017, Centre de Congrès de Lyon, France

Kandasamy, G. (Gokulakannan)Bettany-Saltikov, J. A. (Josette)Spears, I. R. (Iain);A novel 3D imaging, mobile and surface topography APP for measuring 3D back and body shape: an intra and inter-rater reliability study.12th International meeting of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), Lyon, 4-6 May 2017

“The effect of foot invertor fatigue on rear foot motion and tibial rotation during running and turning” 2nd International foot and ankle biomechanics conference, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. (September 2010)


“Activity of Vastus Medialis and Vastus Lateralis in Forward Vs Backward Running”

  Nepal Physiotherapy conference NEPTACON 2004 held in Kathmandu, Nepal.



“A novel method of measuring 3D back and body shape using depth map and a 3D imaging mobile application: an intra and inter rater reliability study” Annual Meeting of British Scoliosis Society, Durham, UK, October 2016.


“Development of an Advanced Real-Time Tracking Augmented Reality App” Festival of Learning, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK, March 2016.


“Development of a vision based augmented reality APP as a learning and teaching tool in a health care education” Association for learning technology annual conference 2014, 1-3 September, Warwick, UK.

“Development of a vision based augmented reality APP as a learning and teaching tool to teach discipline specific complex issues.” 14th Annual Learning and Teaching conference, Teesside University., Middlesbrough, Uk. January 2014



“Mobilisation of Nerve in Sciatica” awarded First Prize

State level conference SPOT’98 held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram.


“Evaluation of Shoulder Proprioception following Cryotherapy”.

        National level 42nd Annual Conference of IAP held at Jaipur 2004


“Effect of Foot orthotics & muscle activity of Tibialis Anterior and Peroneous Longus during standing and treadmill walking in subjects with flat foot”

        National Biomechanics Conference, 2004 held at New Delhi


“Effect of McConnell’s Taping in AKPS”

        National Level 43rd Annual conference of IAP held at Hyderabad


 “Effect of Heat or Cold in Flexibility of Hamstring Muscle Length” published in 41st IAP       National Conference Abstract