Kinesiology and Rehabilitation

Accreditation valid until: 31. 10. 2028

Chairman of the Subject Area Board:


doc. MUDr. Alena KOBESOVÁ, Ph.D.

Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Second Faculty of Medicine
Charles University and Motol University Hospital
V Úvalu 84
150 06  Prague 5
phone: + 420 224 439 264
e-mail: alena.kobesova@
lfmotol.cuni.cz

 

Contact person:
PhDr. Marta Hrušková
Department for PhD Study
Second Faculty of Medicine
Charles University
V Úvalu 84
150 06  Prague 5
phone:+420 224 435 845
e-mail: marta.hruskova@
lfmotol.cuni.cz

 

Members of the Subject Area Board

Characteristics of the study programme

The study programme is focused on scientific and research activities in the field of human movement. Those interested in this study programme may be graduates of master's degree programmes in physiotherapy, graduates of medical or health and social faculties and other faculties with biomedical study programmes with an interest in scientific activities. The study programme follows mainly on the master's study of medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and possibly other master's or engineering fields, the scientific knowledge of which is used in rehabilitation practice (e.g. biomedical and clinical technology, biomedical engineering, prosthetics, biocybernetics, robotics and information technology). Study programme focuses on the objectification of physiological parameters of human motor skills, identification of the causes of motor disorders and the possibilities of therapeutic influence. The methodology of individual research projects will be adapted to the specific objectives of the work, the equipment of the training workplace and the research and professional orientation of the supervisor and student.

Admission procedure requirement specific to the study programme

The conditions and course of the admission procedure for the part-time of study are the same as the conditions for the full-time form. 

We recommend to contact your potential supervisor in advance and consult the suitable form of preparation for the interview. Each study programme has its own specifics, so the supervisor can help you to prepare for the specialized entrance examination (the interview).

Topics of dissertation thesis

The candidate chooses the preliminary topic and contacts a potential supervisor. He/she consults with him on the chosen topic and agrees on its more precise specification. In case of any ambiguity, we recommend that you also contact the chairman of the SAB. If necessary, he/she can recommend that he/she consult the topic with another specialist according to the focus of the intended project. The list of topics and supervisors can be found below.

Supervisors of the study programme

Each supervisor must be approved by the SAB. The criteria for admitting new supervisors are determined by the SAB. If the proposed supervisor has not yet been approved by the SAB, this must be done no later than the enrollment of the applicant in the study (provided that the applicant is accepted). 

If the candidate does not know which topic/supervisor to choose, he/she will contact the chairman of the SAB, with whom he/she will consult on a suitable topic and a potential supervisor.

This choice is preliminary, the admissions board may, after consultation with the candidate, nominate another supervisor.

MUDr. Yvona Angerová, Ph.D., MBA, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital

  • Diagnosis and therapy of cognitive functions in patients after brain injury
  • Determination of Czech standards of selected standardized tests usable in occupational therapy for the diagnosis of upper limb function 

Mgr. Ladislav Baťalík, Ph.D.,  Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University

  • Cardio-oncology rehabilitation as supportive care for cancer survivors
  • Home-based exercise training with telemonitoring guidance in cancer patients entering rehabilitation after treatment
  • Real-time telerehabilitation for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Rehabilitation in psychosomatic patients

PhDr. Filip Dosbaba, Ph.D., MBA, Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Brno

  • Test of Incremental Respiratory Endurance: Normal Values and Relationship to Age and Gender of Czech population
  • Use of telerehabilitation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

doc. PhDr. Ondřej Čakrt, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Evaluation of the dynamics of vestibular compensation in rehabilitated patients after resection of vestibular schwannoma
  • Stability disorders and their rehabilitation in patients with cerebellar disease
  • Influence of cochlear implantation on the function of the vestibular system

prof. MUDr. Vojtěch Havlas, Ph.D., Department of Orthopaedics, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Strategies for the treatment of soft structure pathologies in the shoulder girdle
  • Sports traumatology of children's knee joint
  • Minimally invasive treatment of intra-articular injuries

doc. PedDr. Karel Jelen, CSc., Department of Anatomy and Biomechanics, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University

  • Quantification of mechanical properties of the human axial system
  • Energy balance of the heart muscle by CVS method
  • Biomechanical reflections of the neuromusculoskeletal system in conditions of occupational discomfort in musicians

Mgr. Jitka Klugarová, Ph.D., Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University

  • Prevention of acquired flatfoot in children: a meta-research

doc. MUDr. Alena Kobesová Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Influence of intra-abdominal pressure regulation on torso stabilization function
  • Relationship between the ability to regulate intra-abdominal pressure and chronic back pain
  • Relationship between the ability to regulate intra-abdominal pressure and gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Objectification of vertebro-visceral functional relations
  • Objectification of postural functions in patients with chronic algic vertebrogenic syndrome
  • Standardization of functional postural tests
  • Influence of rehabilitation therapy on subjective difficulties of patients with hereditary neuropathy

prof. PaedDr. Pavel Kolář, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Relationship between postural and visceral functional pathology
  • Postural function in the aetiology of morphological disorders of the musculoskeletal system
  • Perceptual-gnostic functions and their relation to practical functions

doc. MUDr. Petr Konečný, Ph.D., MBA, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University

  • Robotic and virtual therapy in rehabilitation
  • Functional electrical stimulation in neurorehabilitation
  • Evaluation of therapeutic effects of air splints in patients after stroke

doc. MUDr. Jiří Kozák, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Complex painful regional syndrome

doc. MUDr. Jiří Kříž, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Correlation between the ability of acral segmental momentum, the degree of spasticity and the degree of locomotion achieved
  • Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system after spinal cord injury
  • Monitoring the development of spastic motor behaviour in spinal patients
  • Monitoring of metabolic disorders after spinal cord injury

Mgr. Stanislav Machač, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Targeted rehabilitation using the principle of virtual reality
  • Use of sonography for targeted approaches in rehabilitation
  • Possibilities of sonography in determining the risk of developing dysfunctions of the locomotor system

Ing. Kristýna Machová, Ph.D., Department of Ethology and Companion Animal Science, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

  • The effect of hippotherapy on the stability of children with DMO
  • The use of clinical stability tests to assess the effect of hippotherapy in children
  • Effect of hippotherapy on autochthonous muscle activity

MUDr. Kamal Mezian, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine Charles University and General University Hospital

  • Musculoskeletal ultrasonography in rehabilitation medicine

MUDr. Tomáš Novotný, Ph.D., Department of Histology and Embryology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

  • Comparison of changes in gait movement patterns after different types of spondylo-surgery
  • Comparison of changes in gait movement patterns after implantation of fixed and rotational tibial component of knee joint TEP
  • Comparison of changes in gait movement patterns after implantation of conventional and metaphyseal uncemented shaft TEP of the hip joint

doc. MUDr. Jiří Radvanský CSc., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Movement regime and bone density in former competitive gymnasts

doc. PhDr. Kamila Řasová, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Královské Vinohrady University Hospital

  • Possibilities of using virtual reality in physiotherapy of patients with multiple sclerosis

MUDr. Michal Říha, Ph.D., MBA, Department of Neurosurgery and Neurooncology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Military University Hospital Prague

  • Epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of vertebrogenic diseases
  • Epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of spastic paresis
  • Use of robotically assisted rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation, dynamic splints and static progressive orthoses in the treatment of orthopedic and neurological patients

MUDr. Tereza Serranová, Ph.D., Department of Neurology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital

  • Functional motor disorders: diagnostic clinical tests using distraction cognitive techniques and competitive motor tasks as behavioral predictive markers of physiotherapy effectiveness
  • Functional motor disorders: neurophysiological correlates of attentional processes (e.g. the degree of prepulse inhibition and its attentional modulation) as neurophysiological predictive markers of physiotherapy effectiveness
  • Functional motor disorders: the use of attentional mechanism manipulation in a virtual reality environment in the treatment of functional motor disorders
doc. PaedDr. Libuše Smolíková, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital
 
  • Chest dynamics in patients with COPD, its influencing by means of inspiratory and expiratory trainers and aids
  • Respiratory muscle training as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation of patients with cystic fibrosis

PhDr. Marcela Šafářová, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital

  • Monitoring the development of the retardation quotient in children with spastic form of cerebral palsy treated with neurophysiological rehabilitation procedures
  • Objectification of selective momentum of acral segments of the lower limbs in patients with cerebral palsy
  • Objectification of functional examination procedures and complex therapy for patients with DMO aged 0–20 years
  • Czech standards for walking tests aged 6–15 years
  • Czech standards for tests of fine motor skills aged 6–15 years

doc. MUDr. Vladimír Tuka, Ph.D., 2nd Department of Medicine – Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital

  • Physical activity in patients after myocardial infarction
  • Physical activity in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Physical activity in patients with arterial hypertension

Requirements during the study

Study obligations for full-time and part-time form of study are the same. 

Submit an ISP to the SAB, elaborated with regard to the topic of the dissertation and approved by the supervisor during the first year according to the study regulations.

During 1st year, the student must complete the compulsory course of “Fundamentals of Scientific Activity” (DS001).

In the 2nd year of study, the student must complete the compulsory course of “Procedures and results of recent research in the fields of kinesiology and rehabilitation” (DS015).

For the entire period of study, the student must complete at least two other subjects from the group of compulsory elective subjects of their choice and after consultation with the supervisor. The list of subjects is given below. To complete the course and obtain credit, the student contacts the course guarantor. After approval by the SAB, it is also possible to include subjects from the offer of other doctoral study programmes at universities in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Passing the examination in the subject English for doctoral students in the first two years of study. The student can replace the English language examination by writing a written study to discuss the dissertation and discuss it in English. If a student submits an internationally valid certificate of passing the English language examiation, this certificate will be accepted instead of the examination.

The SAB recommends that the supervisor ensure that the international student actively cooperates with one of the student in the doctoral study programme in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation in the Czech Republic. Cooperation between students from the Czech Republic and abroad on
joint or thematically close research projects is desirable.

Joint research, publication and teaching efforts and exchange placements at home institutions students from the Czech Republic and abroad can be beneficial for students, supervisors and the entire doctoral study programme.

Students must provide evidence of teaching experience at their home institution or elsewhere.

Every six months, the international student writes a report on the progress of his/her doctoral studies, or research. This report is submitted to the supervisor, who archives the reports and provides them on request to the SAB for assessment

Additional study obligations

Part of the ISP is also involvement in scientific research activities on the basis of an agreement with the supervisor. For full-time students, pedagogical practice is part of the ISP. Participation in the teaching of subjects related to the focus of study is preferred. Exceptions to this pedagogical practice are permitted by the head of the training workplace in agreement with the supervisor.

Compulsory subjects

1st year of study: Course of basics of scientific activities (DS001)
Guarantor: prof. MUDr. Jiří Bronský, Ph.D.

Compulsory course “Course of basics of scientific activities” – the student shall provide a certificate of completion a certificate of completion of a program focused on research methodology and biostatistics (which is with Czech course comparable in scope and content) in their native language or in English.

2nd year of study: Procedures and results of recent research in kinesiology and rehabilitation (DS015)
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Alena Kobesová, Ph.D.

Compulsory course “Procedures and results of recent research in kinesiology and rehabilitation” will be replaced by self-study based on the materials in and which will provide the student with provided. Credit for this course will be earned by passing a written test, thereby demonstrating the necessary theoretical knowledge.

Compulsory optional subjects

Two additional credits from compulsory elective courses will be awarded upon presentation of certificates of completion of professional courses related to the fields of kinesiology and rehabilitation by appointment with the instructor. The supervisor must confirm that he/she agrees to the selection of the courses in order to obtain credit.

Financing of scientific activities within the DSP

During the first or second year of study, the full-time and part-time student will be required to submit an application for a grant to the internal Grant Agency of Charles University, or to the agency for health research of the Czech Republic. Can apply in the Czech Republic together with their supervisor or in their own country.

Requirements for internships

The student must complete an internship at the home workplace of the supervisor of at least one month or another form of student direct participation in international cooperation. This must be evidenced by a signed confirmation from the supervisor and a report on describing the course, content and results of the internship.

Listed courses

During the study, the student must obtain credit from at least two of the following subjects of their choice with regard to the focus of the dissertation topic.

DS001 Basics of scientific methodology
Guarantor: prof. MUDr. Jiří Bronský, Ph.D. 

DS005 Functional examination and therapy of patients with musculoskeletal pain
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Alena Kobesová, Ph.D.

DS006 Physiological bases of functional examination and movement therapy in patients with civilization diseases
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Jiří Radvanský, CSc.

DS007 Individual orthotic prosthetic aids
Guarantor: Ing. Pavel Černý, Ph.D.

DS008 Kinesiology of the lower limb and walking
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Ivan Vařeka, Ph.D.

DS009 WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
Guarantor: MUDr. Yvona Angerová, Ph.D., MBA 

DS011 Pathophysiology and treatment of pain
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Jiří Kozák, Ph.D.

DS012 Physical activity in obese patients
Guarantor: MUDr. Martin Matoulek, Ph.D.

DS013 Advances in an inter-professional approach to the examination and rehabilitation of patients after brain injury
Guarantor: MUDr. Yvona Angerová, Ph.D., MBA 

DS014 Advances in examination and multidisciplinary therapy of patients after spinal cord injury
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Jiří Kříž, Ph.D.

DS015 Procedures and results of recent research in the fields of kinesiology and rehabilitation
Guarantor: doc. MUDr. Alena Kobesová, Ph.D. 

DS016 Principles of neurorehabilitation
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Kamila Řasová, Ph.D.

DS017 Respiratory physiotherapy in clinical contexts
Guarantor: doc. PaedDr. Libuše Smolíková, Ph.D.

DS018 Examination and treatment in patients with Parkinson's disease
Guarantor: MUDr. Martina Hoskovcová, Ph.D.

DS019 Examination and rehabilitation of patients with stability disorders
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Ondřej Čakrt, Ph.D.

DS020 Examination and therapy of patients with spastic paresis
Guarantor: MUDr. Martina Hoskovcová, Ph.D.

DS021 Developmental kinesiology
Guarantor: prof. PaedDr. Pavel Kolář, Ph.D.

DS022 Functional examination and rehabilitation of children
Guarantor: PhDr. Marcela Šafářová, Ph.D.

DS023 Central mechanisms of motor control
Guarantor: MUDr. Jan Vacek Ph.D.

Requirements for the SDE

The aim of the SDE is to verify the breadth and quality of the student's knowledge, his/her ability to acquire new knowledge, evaluate it and use it creatively in relation to the chosen field of the doctoral study programme and the topic of the dissertation, which consists of two parts. The written part, in the form of a multiple choice test, focuses on theoretical knowledge in the study programme of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation and is based on the topics covered in the course "Procedures and results of recent research in the fields of kinesiology and rehabilitation" (DS015). After successfully passing the written part of the examination, the student can proceed to the oral part, which will focus on the actual topic of the thesis that the student is carrying out in the doctoral studies.

To register for the SDE, the student must prove:

  1. Completion of ISP (two of the compulsory courses and two optional ones).
  2. Passing the English language examination (D0400003) or proof of an internationally valid certificate of successful passing the English examination.
  3. Accomplishment of internship abroad.
  4. Simultaneously with the application for the SDE, the student submits:
    • A copy of at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal in which the student participated as the main author or co-author.
    • Overview of his/her pedagogical practice. The student must prove the supervision of at least one diploma or bachelor's thesis
    • A report on a completed internship abroad or on participation in an international creative project with results published or presented abroad or another form of direct student participation in international cooperation.
    • The student must prove that he/she has submitted a mandatory application for grant support (each student must submit an application at least once per study, the non-granting of grant support to a student does not prevent the composition of the SDE or the defence)
    • A written thesis in the form of a literature search, which will form the introduction of the student's future dissertation. This part must result in a clear and concise statement of the hypotheses (the assumption of what the student wants to prove in the thesis) and the aim of the thesis (how the hypothesis will be proved or rejected). The required length of the literature search is 15 - 20 pages, A4 format, Times New Roman 12 font, 1,5 line spacing.

Publication activity requirements

Prior to defending the dissertation, the doctoral student must be the author or co-author of at least one publication published or accepted for publication in an impact journal and at the same time at least one other publication published or accepted for publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. The sum of IFs from published works must be equal to or higher than 1,0. The student's share of each published article must be clearly identified. The student must be the first author of at least one article with IF. Articles must thematically correspond to the dissertation.

It is desirable for international students to have higher publication outputs than
minimum, thus demonstrating personal work on the project at their home institution. The supervisor should should be a co-author of these papers; if not, the supervisor's imprimatur is required,
whereby the supervisor guarantees the quality, originality and authenticity of the research results and published papers. Also, international students must indicate for all publications published in the framework of their doctoral studies the affiliation to Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital.

Defence requirements

After the previous passing of the SDE, the doctoral student submits his/her dissertation to the defence for the commencement of the proceedings. The dissertation is the result of solving a specific scientific task; demonstrates the ability of the student to work independently in a creative way and must contain the original results of the scientific work published or accepted for publication or accepted by the author. The dissertation is submitted and defended in English by the foreign student. A set of publications or accepted manuscripts with an integrating text can also be recognized as a dissertation. The dissertation must be submitted no later than seven years after enrolment for the study.

Conditions for admission to the defence

  • Before defending the dissertation, the doctoral student must be the author or co-author of at least one publication published or accepted for publication in an impact journal and at the same time at least one other publication published or accepted for publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. The IF sum from published works must be equal to or higher than 1,0. The student's share of each published article must be clearly identified. The student must be the first author of at least one article with IF. Articles must thematically correspond to the dissertation.
  • The dissertation must meet the requirements for the Final Thesis according to the Provision of the Dean of the Second Faculty of Medicine CU. The dissertation should be written on at least 60–80 standard pages (up to 144,000 characters including spaces) without cited literature and appendices.
  • A set of at least four monothematically focused publications or accepted manuscripts with an integrating text can also be recognized as a dissertation. This type of work should contain at least 30-40 standard pages (up to 72 000 characters including spaces) without cited literature and appendices.
  • The dissertation is submitted to the SAB through the department of the dean's office. The work must be submitted no later than six months before the end of the study.

Profile of a graduate of the study programme

The studies graduate possesses a comprehensive understanding, and is well versed in a broad spectrum, of scientific principles within kinesiology and rehabilitation. He/she is familiar with research methodologies and is capable of providing individual and collaborative scientific work with ethical, academic and professional integrity. He/she is capable of critical analysis of current scientific knowledge. The graduate demonstrates competence in communication regarding issues within his/her specialty and also a broad spectrum of allied social links, especially in the application of research findings to clinical practice in rehabilitation.

Information about graduate employment 

In interdisciplinary teams focused on the development of new therapeutic methods and procedures at clinical departments, especially at university and regional hospitals. At universities in scientific research and teaching work in the Czech Republic and abroad. In research institutes such as the Czech Academy of Sciences or other research institutes. In development and research teams of international and national medical entities.

Created: 23. 1. 2019 / Modified: 5. 5. 2022 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.