Department of Sport Physiotherapy


Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of Physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people. Athletes normally require high level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. We at MGM department of Sports Physiotherapy help athletes recover from sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent problems. Our services are available to sports men and women of all age; engaged in sports at any level of competition.


Sports Science has evolved in the last century to understand mind and body demands to play a sport, address health problems of sports people and its application in health promotion. However, a few sports have received the glamour and attention in competition and science. Whereas traditional sports remain neglected. Hence at MGM Centre of Human Movement Science, attempts are made to explore biomechanical and cardio-pulmonary demands of traditional sports such as skipping, Mallakhamb, Kabaddi etc. to expand boundaries of existing sports science fields with emerging knowledge. It is foreseen that scientific exploration of traditional sports will not only add to the knowledge of sports science but also revive and popularize them among children and adults of generations to follow.

Currently we are providing specialized Sports Physiotherapy services at:

  • MGM school, Nerul: Regular fitness assessment and enhancement of all school children. We also work with their football team with an aim to improve their performance.
  • Sports lab at MGM Super specialty hospital, Sanpada – Testing and training of athletes
  • Sports Physiotherapy OPD at MGM hospital, Kamothe – Rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • Ultra Instinct sports academy (Nerul) – On field services and performance enhancement of athletes.
  • Karnala sports academy (Kamothe) – On field services and performance enhancement of athletes.

These services are provided at nominal costs for all athletes.


MPT in Sports Physiotherapy is a thorough academic and clinically oriented curriculum delivered by highly qualified faculty to meet the international standards. The MPT program is a two year, full-time, intensive program emphasizing on clinical reasoning, research and evidence based practice. Students will be exposed to diverse patient conditions and their rehabilitation. This program provides students with sports focused Physiotherapy education to enable them to develop an advanced level of evidence-based practice.

Course highlights

  • Sport injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Exercise testing and prescription.
  • Sports and exercise physiology
  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Research methodology, biostatistics and research project


Abstracts of research projects in thrust areas
Sumedh Vaidya, Bela Agarwal

Cricket, as a sport, derives its thrill from the battle between bat and ball. Limited information is available on factors that contribute to proficient fast bowling performance. Yoga has a distinct emphasis on physical postures(asanas),respiration techniques (pranayama), deep relaxation that cultivate awareness and improve attention. A total 30 non- elite cricketers aged 13-25 years were recruited for a 12week Yoga intervention program. A 12-week intervention of Yoga demonstrated significant improvement in bowling speed (p = <o.oo1), accuracy (p = <o.oo1). upper limb strength (p = <o.oo1), lower limb strength, power and flexibility (p = <o.oo1), back muscles strength (p = <o.oo1), and cardiovascular endurance (p = <o.oo1). Bowling speed and accuracy was marginally better in Yoga intervention group compared to control group. Speed improved by 6.52% in the Yoga group, whereas Control group demonstrated improvement of 5.18%. The bowling accuracy improved in the Yoga group by 35.4% while control group demonstrated an improvement of 31.29%

Bowlers being tested for bowling accuracy
Neha Raorane, Bela Agarwal, Pravin Gaikwad, Juhi Bharnuke, Rajani Mullerpatan

Running places substantial repetitive loading on the foot. Running related foot injuries are often related to poor intrinsic muscle strength and balance of foot. Improved proprioception and balance due to barefoot running has been reported. The current study explored the effect of barefoot exercise intervention on foot structure, function and dynamic balance performance insub-elite marathon runners. All participants were evaluated with the pre-intervention tests which included-power, flexibility, lower limb strength testing, agility, balance test, performance test, intrinsic muscle strength (E-med). Barefoot exercise intervention was beneficial in reducing arch index during running which is indicative of increase in intrinsic muscle strength. Reduced

Runners practising barefoot exercises
Foot pressure analysis of sub-elite Marathon Runner
Payal Pawar, Rajani Mullerpatan, Yuvraj Singh

Biomechanics of Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport remains unexplored. Present study compared structure and function of ankle-foot complex of Mallakhamb players (n=37) with age-matched controls (group A; n=17). Mallakhamb players were categorized on duration of training. i.e. players with ≤ 3 yrs formed group B (n=22) and players with > 3 yrs formed group C (n=15). Foot function measured was significantly different between the three groups (p<0.001). Foot structure measured in terms of response to static loading in standing using Chippaux-Smirak Index (CSI) showed significant difference between 3 groups (p<0.001) and a significant decline from group A to group C (p<0.001). Ankle-foot complex of Mallakhamb players demonstrated greater muscle function compared to age-matched controls.

Foot pressure analysis of Non-Mallakhamb, beginner and elite Mallakhamb players
Oshin Amberkar, Bela Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Ruturaj Shete & Rajani Mullerpatan

Sports participation in people with spinal cord injury leads to enhanced functional capacity, increased muscle strength, greater flexibility, and increased optimism. It is important to encourage people with spinal cord injury to participate in sports and understand facilitators of and barriers to it. Sports participation in people with physical disabilities including spinal cord injury is lower compared with people without them. Sports participation among the physically disabled in high-income countries like the United States and the Netherlands is 44% and 37%, respectively, whereas among people with spinal cord injury in Australia and Switzerland it is 44.6% and 59.8%, respectively. Limited information is available on sports participation of people with spinal cord injury in low- to middle-income countries. The present study aimed to explore sports participation among adults with spinal cord injury in Mumbai, India. Following ethical approval, 102 subjects (mean age 40.41 years; 88 males and 14 females) with spinal cord injury from four paraplegic rehabilitation center were interviewed. Sports participation was 60% in people with spinal cord injury (n = 61/102). Strong family support, financial security, and institutional support in the form of motivation and training facilities were the top facilitators. Barriers faced during participation in sports were difficulty in reaching the sports ground, lack of disabled-friendly toilets, and accommodation. Reasons for not participating in sports were lack of self-motivation, poor fitness level, and low confidence attributed to disability.

Rajani Mullerpatan, Triveni Shetty, Yuvraj Singh, Bela Agarwal

Bounce rope-skip holds immense scope for physical activity in space and time constrained urban setting, wherein compliance to commonly performed weight-bearing, aerobic activities like walking and running is a challenge. Thus, present study aimed to explore kinematics and lower-extremity joint loading during rope-skipping compared to walking and running. Following ethical approval, 3D motion analysis of bounce rope-skip, walk and run was captured from 22 healthy female participants aged 18-25yr. In one bounce rope-skip cycle, hip motion ranged between 13.4o-35.3oflexion; knee between13.6 o-67.9o flexion and ankle between 34.5odorsiflexion to-13.40plantarflexion. In coronal plane, peak hip and knee adductor moment during rope-skip were lower compared to run and higher than walk (p<0.001). Bounce rope- skip caused low loading on hip, knee and ankle joints compared to run ; supporting its prescription as hip and knee joint-protective exercise for health promotion in young adults.

Phases of Bounce rope skip


A good gait analysis facility at MGM CHMS, can provide scientifically based and technically precise information about run cycle. This helps in identifying the biomechanical abnormalities during running that can lead to injuries and inefficiencies in the future and also help in rehabilitation of injuries. Run analysis not only helps identifying correct shoes for a runner but also helps in planning a proper flexibility, strength and conditioning regimen.

-Dr. Pravin Gaikwad,
Comrades 90k Ultramarathon Runner,
Pediatric Physician.


22nd - 26th Jan 2023

State Level Kho Kho Tournament” organized by Vidyarthi Kreeda Kendra, Mumbai

2nd & 3rd Apr 2022

Football Premier League - Venom Sports

22nd Apr 2022

Sports camp at Saraswati Mandir High School, Mumbai

24th Apr 2022

Under 18 Kho Kho Spardha, Lal Maidan Ganeshutsav Mandal, Parel

5th - 8th May 2022

48 th Juniors Maharashtra State Championship, Pune

22nd - 26th Apr 2022

Mumbai District Championship, Wadala

14th - 16th May 2022

Kho Kho Spardha 2022, Om Samarth Bharat Vyayam Mandir Maidaan, Mahim.

18th - 22nd May 2022

Mumbai District Pro-Kho Kho Championship, Lions Club of Mahim

2nd - 3rd Dec 2022

Churchgate and Andheri sports complex

18th-21st Nov 2021

District Level Kho Kho Tournament organised by Mumbai Kho- Kho Sanghatan at Peru Chowk, Lalbaug, Mumbai

25th -26th Sept 2021

Esperér Football Premier League, Mumbai

28th Aug 2021

The ultimate Kickboxing Tournament in Mulund East, Mumbai

Contacts & People

Qualification:MPTh (Musculoskeletal PT)

Qualification:MPTh (Neurosciences)