Majid Manawer Alenezi, School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences
Nationality: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Research Supervisor: Dr. Amy Hayes and Dr. Gavin Lawrence
Alenezi MM, Hayes AE, Lawrence GP, Mental training approaches in physiotherapy: Exploring the role of imagery practice on hip abductors muscle strength—a randomised controlled trial (abstract) Int J Ther Rehabil 23(6): S6
Conferences attended/presented at:
I have presented the results of my PhD studies as both an oral and poster presentation at various conferences and meetings at universities across the UK (please see below for details).
- Physiotherapy Student Conference Scotland, Oral presentation, 25th Oct 2014, Edinburgh Scotland
- 8th Saudi student conference, Poster presentation, 31st Jan – 2nd Feb 2015, London
- Research in Imagery and Observation group meeting/RIO-2015., Poster presentation, 14th -15th May 2015, Stirling Scotland
- Physiotherapy conference and exhibition trade. UK2015, Poster presentation [http://www.physiotherapyuk.org.uk/speaker/majid-alenezi], 16th -17th Oct. 2015, Liverpool
- RIO 10th Anniversary Meeting At University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University Validation & reliability Study (Study 3), Poster presentation, 6th – 7th April 2016, Manchester
- Physiotherapy Research Society Conference held at the University of Leicester, Oral presentation, 15-16 April 2016, Leicester
- Paper abstract has been accepted at 18th International Conference on Interpreting and Translation, Validation & reliability Study, (Study 3), Poster presentation, October, 17-18, 2016, London, United Kingdom
- Paper abstract has been accepted at 4th European Congress of ER-WCPT, the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. The largest European physiotherapy-dedicated event of 2016, I got this response from Jackie Waterfield, Chair ER-WCPT Scientific Committee “I am delighted to inform you that this abstract has been selected for this year's event, we understand that you had originally asked for a different presentation method however the review panel were very impressed with your abstract and therefore would like to offer you the opportunity to present it as a RAPID 5 PRESENTATION”, 11-12 November 2016, Liverpool
Previous Qualifications: B.Sc. medical rehabilitation; physiotherapy track (King Saud University), M.Sc. Exercise Rehabilitation (Bangor University).
Details of any teaching at Bangor University:
I co-supervised three MSc students, one of which has successfully completed the degree, while the other two are currently conducting research for their research projects.
Information about your academic department:
In a joint REF 2014 submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise was recognised as being in the top seven schools for research quality within its sector in the UK. Furthermore, when expressed as a power rating, which takes account of the volume as well as the quality of research, the joint Bangor/Cardiff submission was ranked seventh in the UK (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014).
I joined this school in the autumn of 2011 when I began my master’s degree. Upon completion of this degree in 2012, while I received many PhD offers from various UK universities, I decided to begin my PhD at SSHES as well. I have excellent relationships with my supervisor and all of the staff within the school, which has made for an excellent learning environment. In addition, my wife began her PhD later this year at SSHES which has added to the school’s friendly environment a family element.
Title of your research and a short abstract:
Title: Imagery Practice as a Rehabilitation Technique in Musculoskeletal Conditions: The basic of aim of my research is to explore the role of imagery practice (a cognitive simulation method) as a rehabilitative technique in different physiotherapy applications, particularly with regard to musculoskeletal system function and conditions. Different methodological designs will be used to examine the potential role of imagery practice as an effective rehabilitation tool.
So far, I have performed the following:
1) An experimental study that examined the role of movement imagery on hip abductors muscles strength.
2) A systematic review of studies that used imagery practice on musculoskeletal systems.
3) Translated, validated, and culturally adapted an important questionnaire that measures the vividness of movement imagery, to be used in future within Arabian countries.
4) Currently, I am in the process of designing an intervention based on a combination of imagery practice and physiotherapy intervention with patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
What skills have you gained from doing a PhD?
Throughout my PhD, I have enhanced many different skills, including the development of research methods and designs, using statistical program packages, preparing papers and posters, and confidently presenting research at a variety of conferences. I enhanced these skills at BU by attending workshops, seminars, lectures, and drop-in sessions, communicating with both students and staff. Furthermore, I became more reflective and independent in examining the subjects mentioned above and working on self-education from different global sources.
How do you think your research could contribute to the community/external partners?
My research is important to the improvement of traditional physiotherapy practices that are based on peripheral motor exercises and physical modality (e.g., electrical stimulation, heat and cold modality, and therapeutic ultrasound). My research will add value in terms of offering new information to musculoskeletal physiotherapy practitioners and researchers concerning a new rehabilitative strategy (movement imagery) that targets brain plasticity alone or in addition to physical practice in order to optimize peripheral motor function within different rehabilitation contexts.
Why did you choose to study at Bangor University?
The SSHES School has been ranked within the top ten in research quality among UK schools since the last UK rating (RAE2008), which attracted me to study there. Many of my friends recommended BU as an amazing place for studying and recreation. Indeed, I enjoy BU’s environment, as it reflects the city of Bangor, which is known across North Wales as a city of learning.
Do you have any advice for students considering a PhD at Bangor University?
I always recommend studying at Bangor to my friends who are from Arabian countries and intending to study in the UK. Bangor is a preferable destination to study for many reasons, such as its excellent reputation in terms of research quality, the quiet and safety of Bangor, and the reputation of Bangor University and city as key locations of Arabian and Islamic culture.