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Aug 2007Dec 2009

Master of Science

University of Florida

Thesis: Force Control in Chronic Stroke: Grip Formation & Release Phases.

Work experience

May 2010Present

Executive Editor


PHYSIOTIMES, India's First Magazine for Physiotherapists, of Physiotherapists, by Physiotherapists.


  • Development of content for upcoming magazine issues
  • Reviewing and Editing articles
Jul 2010Present


StEP Initiative

StEP Initiative is a non-profit national wide initiative which aims for the Development of Standard Physiotherapy in India.

Jan 2012Present

Founder & Chief Physiotherapist

Dec 2009Jan 2011

Research Physical Therapist

University of Florida

Brain Rehabilitation and Research Center at VA Hospital affiliated to Department of Physical Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida.


  • Development of research protocols
  • Assessment and Treatment based on research protocols
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Writing Manuscripts


  • Stroke Clinical Evaluations
  • Advanced Assessment Techniques
    • Electromyography
    • H-Reflex Testing
    • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
    • Motion Analysis (Kinematics)
  • Treatment Strategies
    • Strength Training (Biodex)
    • Functional Task Practice (FTP)
    • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

Projects Handled:

  • Effectiveness of Combined Therapeutic Interventions for Regaining Post-Stroke Recovery.
  • Use of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Enhance Post-Stroke Recovery.
Feb 2007Jan 2011

Research Assistant

University of Florida

Motor Behavior Laboratory at College of Health and Human Performance.


  • Development of research protocols
  • Assessment and Treatment based on research protocols
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Writing Manuscripts


  • Assessment of Force Control using computer interface
  • Bilateral Training in Stroke with/without EMG-triggered electrical stimulation.
  • Meta-Analysis

Projects Handled:

  • Coupled bilateral load training in persons with chronic stroke.
  • Long term effect of couple bilateral arm training with EMG-triggered electric stimulation in chronic stroke.
  • Meta-Analysis projects:
    • Electrical Stimulation & Cerebral Palsy
    • Ankle Instability and Balance Impairments (Unilateral and Bilateral)
    • Motor Co-ordination Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Bilateral Arm Training and Stroke Motor Recovery
Jul 2009May 2010

Deputy Editor


PHYSIOTIMES, India's First Magazine for Physiotherapists, of Physiotherapists, by Physiotherapists.



  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Research Development
  • Awareness Development
  • Reading
  • Surfing Internet to keep myself updated
  • Networking


  • Listening Music
  • Sports: Cricket, Table Tennis, Volleyball


I am the Founder of StEP (Standard Education of Physiotherapy) Initiative in India and currently work as a research Physiotherapist at Physical Therapy Department, University of Florida, USA.

Being the Founder of StEP Initiative, my vision is to have standards in Physiotherapy education, practice and awareness in India. Currently, I am involved in the developments of projects along with StEP Initiative Family to address various challenges identified in the field of Physiotherapy, which will help us to move towards the development of Physiotherapy as a profession in India.

Being a Physiotherapist Clinician, I am interested in neurological rehabilitation with emphasis on stroke and spinal cord injuries. In addition, I have also worked in other disciplines of rehabilitation, like, musculoskeletal, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary and fitness & wellness.

Being a Researcher, my research focuses on elucidating the standards of entry-level physical therapy education and underlying issues contributing to lack of proper professional growth of physical therapy in India. Along with my colleagues, I have started the first national survey on physical therapy students in all colleges of India to explore education standards. Further, my long term vision includes development of standard physical therapy education across the globe, mostly developing countries where physical therapy as a profession has not reached standards, leading to true globalization of physical therapy. In addition, I am also interested in understanding force control deficits in persons with neurological impairments.

Seminars & Workshop Attended

  1. Attended workshop on “Taping Techniques: Basic Application in Therapy” by Dr. Saravanan M., MSPT (August 2011)
  2. Attended workshop on “Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach” by Dr. Savji Nakum MPT, NDTA (USA) (November 2009)
  3. Organized and attended seminar “Current trends in Physical Therapy education and practice in U.S.” by Dr. Ankush Bhargava PT, DPT, MAPTA (U.S.A.) (March 2007)
  4. Attended workshop on “System Taping Therapy” by Dr. Shawn Soh MPT, MSPA (Singapore) (August 2006) 

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Naik, S.K. Documentation: A Necessary Evil for Physiotherapists. PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 4; Issue 3 (2012).
  2. Naik, S.K. Strength Training: A Treatment Approach for a Person with Chronic Stroke.  PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 3; Issue 6; 22-28 (2012).
  3. Naik, S.K. Spasticity and Motor Control: Does Strengthening Exercise Increase Spasticity in Spastic Patients? PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 3; Issue 3; 28-33 (2011).
  4. Naik, S.K., Naik, K.S. An Overview of Motor Control: A Physiotherapy Perspective. PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 3; Issue 3; 4-15 (2011).
  5. Naik, S.K., Pandey, D.P. Evidence Based Practice in Physiotherapy: Lighting up a New Ray of Hope for Indian Physios? PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 2; Issue 3; 4-10 (2010).
  6. Naik, S.K. Towards Healthy Ageing: Implications for Physical Therapists. PHYSIOTIMES; Volume 2; Issue 1; 12-16 (2010).

Awards and Achievements

Recieved Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, University of Florida International Center, USA in May 2008.

Presentations, Seminars and Workshops Conducted

  1. Delivered a talk on “ABC’s of Documentation for Physiotherapists”, at The Sarvajanik College of Physiotherapy, Surat, India. (March 2012)
  2. Poster Presentation on “Stair-Stepping Phenomenon in an Isometric Power Grip Phases in Chronic Stroke” at 5th Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium, University of Florida. (March 2010)
  3. Organized and only Panel Member to lead Research Team for “An Introspective Open Panel Discussion on Standards in Physical Therapy: From an Academic, Clinical and Research Perspective” at Sahitya Sangam, Surat, India. (November 2009)
  4. Poster Presentation on “Force Modulation after Chronic Stroke: Grip Formation & Grip Release” at South Eastern American Society of Biomechanics Conference, University of Florida. (April 2009)
  5. Presented seminar on “Importance of Research in Physical Therapy”, at Sahitya Sangam, Surat, India. (November 2008)
  6. Presented seminar on “Bimanual Movements in Stroke Rehabilitation: New Emerging Approach”, at The Sarvajanik College of Physiotherapy, Surat, India. (November 2008)  

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Naik, S.K., Patten, C., Lodha, N., Coombes, S.A., Cauraugh, J.H. Force Modulation in Chronic Stroke: Grip Formation and Release Phases. Experimental Brain Research, Volume 211, Number 1, 1-15 (2011). (Abstract)
  2. Lodha, N., Naik, S.K., Coombes, S.A., Cauraugh, J.H. Force Control and Degree of Motor Impairments in Chronic Stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology; Volume 121, Issue 11, Pages 1952-1961 (2010). (Abstract)
  3. Holt, K.G., Naik, S.K., Wen Hao Hsu, Coombes, S.A., & Cauraugh, J.H. Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Gait and Electrical Stimulation. Clinical Rehabilitation November; vol. 24; no. 11; 963-978 (2010). (Abstract)
  4. Cauraugh, J.H., Naik, S.K., Lodha, N., Coombes, S.A., Summers, J.J. Chronic Stroke Arm Improvements: Sixteen Months of Coupled Bilateral Movements & Active Neuromuscular Stimulation. In Review.
  5. Wikstrom, E.A., Naik, S.K., Lodha, N., Cauraugh, J.H. Bilateral Balance Impairment after Lateral Ankle Trauma: A Meta-Analysis. Gait & Posture,31(4); 407-414 (2010). (Abstract)
  6. Fournier, K., Hass, C., Naik, S.K., Lodha, N., & Cauraugh, J.H. Motor Coordination in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Synthesis and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders; Volume 40, Number 10, 1227-1240 (2010). (Abstract)
  7. Cauraugh, J.H., Lodha, N., Naik, S.K., Summers, J.J. Bilateral movement training and stroke motor recovery progress: A structured review and meta-analysis. Human Movement Science; Volume 29, Issue 5, Pages 853-870 (2009). (Abstract)
  8. Wikstrom, E.A., Naik, S.K., Lodha, N., Cauraugh, J.H. Balance capabilities after lateral ankle trauma and intervention: A meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise June;41(6):1287-95 (2009). (Abstract)
  9. Cauraugh, J.H., Coombes, S.A., Lodha, N., Naik, S.K., Summers, J.J. Upper extremity improvements in chronic stroke: Coupled bilateral load training. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 27(1):17-25 (2009). (Abstract)


Use of various applications to make research work easier. Examples, citation softwares (Endnote), data analysis softwares (SPSS, JMP), graphing softwares (SigmPlot, Prism), data collection softwares (LabView, MatLab, VICON, PowerLab, etc).
Exposure in developing and managing websites which doesn't not require good HTML knowledge. Few of my website development projects are physio4all, TherapyProtocols, and StEPIndia.
Designing: Photoshop and Corel
Basic skills in designing and layouts. Also, work with other designing softwares.
Microsoft Office
Capable to work with Microsoft Office applications, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, and OneNote.


Life Member

Indian Association of Physiotherapists