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Jul 2010Present

Team Member

StEP Initiative

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

Jan 2009Present

Graduate Assistant

Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science,University of West Florida

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Instructor for Exercise Testing & Prescription Labs
  •  Handled and instructed Exercise Physiology Labs
  •  Assisted in Strength training, and Balance and Mobility programs for Seniors 
  •  Assessment of body composition, strength, endurance  and other components of physical fitness  for  research studies
  •  Data collection, data analysis and interpretation
  •  Manuscript Writing


  • Assessment of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), energy expenditure and resting metabolic rate using a MAX II unit
  • Assessment of pulmonary function
  • Assessment of body composition using hydrostatic weighing and skin fold calipers
  • Administration of Senior fitness test and Fullerton Advanced Balance Scale
  • Administration of EMG test, data collection and interpretation 

Participation in Studies/Projects:

  • Cytokines Response during Prolonged Cycling in Normal and Hot Environmental Conditions
  • Effects of a Protein/carbohydrate Energy Drink on Cytokines  
  • Balance and Strength Training and Balance Self-Efficacy in Older Adults 
  • Self-Reported Compared to Measured Height and Weight
  • Wii Balance Training and Measures of Dynamic Balance
  • EMG Activity on Stable and Unstable Surfaces
  • Sleep Deprivation and Reaction Time
  • Effectiveness of Stretching on Exercise Induced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Aug 2010Dec 2010

Intern Exercise Physiologist/Specialist

Sacred Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and prescribe an individual treatment plan and patient educational program
  • Fitness assessment administration
  • Adult and pediatric education counseling
  • EKG monitoring and exercise session supervision
  • Leading group exercise classes
  • Assisting with daily facility operations
  • Exercise Program development and implementation.
Aug 2010Dec 2010

Intern Physical Therapist

Andrews Institute Rehabilitation at Baptist Medical Park

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluation, diagnosis and planning a treatment for a patient/client seeking physical therapy services by working under the supervision of a Physical Therapist
  • Application of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise under supervision of a physical therapist for variety of patients having orthopedic and neuromuscular problems
  • Operation of BIODEX machine for assessment and treatment purpose
Jun 2008Aug 2008

Clinical Physical Therapist

Sparsh Physiotherapy Clinic

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess and plan a treatment for variety of patients/clients in out-patient physical therapy clinic having common musculoskeletal problems, neuromuscular problems, especially stroke


I am one of the team member of StEP (Standard Education of Physiotherapy) Initiative in India and currently working as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at University of West Florida, USA.

As a team member of StEP Initiative, I am involved in development 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. My aim is to give something back to the profession that has provided me the opportunity today.

As a clinician, I am interested in musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation with emphasis on functional movement. Additionally, Strength and Conditioning, Fitness and wellness are also my areas of focus.  As an Exercise Physiologist, my areas of interest are performance in elite athletes, clinical physiology, and extreme environments. In addition, I am also interested in training and sports performance.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Cosio-Lima, L. M., Desai, B. V., Keck, L., Scheeler L, Schuler, P.B. A Comparison of Cytokines TNF-α, IL-6, and Cortisol Response during Prolonged Cycling in Normal and Hot Environmental Conditions. In Print, Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine.
  2. Cosio-Lima, L.M., Desai, B.V., Moita, D. Effects of a 4:1 protein/carbohydrate fluid ingestion ratio on cytokines during prolonged cycling in hot environmental conditions. In Review for International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  3. Cosio-Lima, L.M., Desai, B.V., Scheeler L, Huffman, T. Effects of a Protein/carbohydrate Energy Drink on Cytokines During Prolonged Cycling in Hot Environmental Conditions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 42:5 Supplement, 2010, p366.
  4. Keck, L., Lucena, R., Schuler, P., Burton, J., Desai, B.V., Cosio-Lima L.M. Effect of Balance and Strength Training on Balance Self-Efficacy in Older Adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 42:5 Supplement, 2010, p412-413.
  5. Schuler, P.B., Desai, B.V., Philipp, S.F., Vinci, D.M., Self-Reported Compared to Measured Height and Weight: Effect of Race and Gender. In Review for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 
  6. Schuler, P.B., Desai, B.V., Huffman, T., Caillouet, K., Leja, A., Stelzer, J. The Effect of 6 Weeks of Wii Balance Training on Measures of Dynamic Balance of Older Adults. In Review for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  
  7. Leja, A., Glenn, J., Desai, B.V., Cosio-Lima, L.M. Measures of upper and lower body EMG activity in stable and unstable surfaces. In Review for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 

Presentations, Seminars and Workshops

  1. Participated as a member of 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)
  2. Presented a seminar on “Contemporary Physical Fitness Assessment” at Sarvajanik College of Physiotherapy, Surat, India. (June 2009)
  3. Attended workshop on “Yoga & Rehabilitation – A Scientific Approach at Surat, India. (March 2008)
  4. Presented seminar on “Innovative measures in post surgical rehabilitation of ACL injury” at Conference of Physical Therapy for students from Gujarat State (CONPHYCS), Karamsad, Gujarat, India. (December 2007)
  5. Attended workshop on “Advanced Spinal Manual Therapy” at Surat, India. (August 2007) 
  6. 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) 
  7. Attended seminar on “An Introduction & Update on Evidence Based Physiotherapy & Clinical Practice Guidelines” at Surat, India. (March 2007)



  • Sports Rehabilitation and functional training
  • Research  and Awareness Development
  • Browsing Internet to keep up with updates in profession
  • Networking and discuss issues in profession


  • Cricket, Tennis, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Volleyball
  • Music

Awards and Scholarships

Graduate Student Fellowship Award

- Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL.

Year 2009, 2010


Website Development
Developing and managing websites which doesn't not require good HTML knowledge.
Microsoft Office
Use of office applications - Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Use of various applications like - data analysis softwares (SPSS), citation softwares (Endnote).


Life Member

(Indian Association of Physiotherapists)