Vasileios Korakakis | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Vasileios Korakakis

Dr. Vasileios Korakakis (PhD)

Adjunct Professor
College of Health and Life Sciences

  • Phone+974 66672809
  • Office locationB139, Level 1, LAS Building


Dr. Vasileios Korakakis is a spine and sports physiotherapist working as the clinical leader of the Rehabilitation Department at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital. He has worked as a physiotherapist for elite football teams and has several years of experience in spinal and orthopaedic rehabilitation. He is a senior lecturer in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy in IFOMPT-certified programs. 

Dr. Korakakis has a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand. After gaining his Master of Science in Health and Exercise from the University of Thessaly, Greece in 2012, he pursued his PhD in biomechanics. He has authored more than 40 research publications and several international conference presentations.


Research Interests

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Spinal Bio-Mechanics
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Clinimetrics


Chair of Cross-Cultural adaptations and Validation Committee of European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP)

2017 - Present
  • Clinical Lead Physiotherapist / Researcher

    West Expansion Rehabilitation Department, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital

    2014 - Present
  • Senior Instructor and Clinical Tutor

    in HOMTD physiotherapy seminars in Orthopeadic Manual Therapy (Hellenic Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy Diploma) Athens, Greece.

    2012 - Present


PhD in Biomechanics

University of Thessaly, Greece

  • Diploma in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT)

    Athens, Greece

  • MSc in Exercise and Health

    University of Thessaly, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science (FPESS), Trikala, Greece

  • Diploma in Biomedical Acupuncture

    (Hellenic scientific society of Physical Therapy and Hellenic society of medical acupuncture), Athens, Greece

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Therapy

    University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand

  • Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

    The McKenzie Institute International, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

  • BSc Physiotherapy

    University of West Attica, Athens, Greece


Selected Publications

  • Savva C, Korakakis V, Efstathiou M, Karagiannis C.

    Cervical Traction combined with Neural Mobilization for patients with cervical radiculopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. (Online 02 September 2020)

  • Holtzhausen LJ, Souissi S, Al Sayrafi O, May A, Farooq A, Grant CC, Korakakis V, Rabia S, Segers S, Chamari K.

    Arabic translation and cross-cultural adaptation of Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5). Biology of Sport 2020:129-44.

  • Mc Auliffe S, O'Sullivan K, Whiteley R, Korakakis V.

    Why do tendon researchers overlook the patient’s psychological state? The review with no papers. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Published Online First: 26 August 2020. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2020-102359

  • Karagiannis C, Savva C, Korakakis V, Matheou I, Adamide T, Georgiou A, et al.

    Test–Retest Reliability of Handgrip Strength in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2020:1-7. doi:10.1080/15412555.2020.1808604

  • Slater D, Korakakis V, O'Sullivan P, Nolan D, O'Sullivan K.

    “Sit Up Straight”: Time to Re-evaluate. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 49(8):562-4. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2019.0610

  • Korakakis V, Abassi M, Kotsifaki A, Manai H, & AbuEsba A.

    Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties' evaluation of the modern standard Arabic version of Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool (CAIT) in professional athletes. PLoS One, 14(6), e0217987. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217987

  • Korakakis V, Saretsky M, Whiteley R, Azzopardi M.C, Klauznicer J, Itani A, Giakas G, Malliaropoulos N.

    Translation into modern standard Arabic, cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties' evaluation of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) in Arabic-speaking athletes with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. PLoS One, 14(6), e0217791. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217791

  • Kotsifaki A, Korakakis V, Whiteley R, Van Rossom S, & Jonkers I.

    Measuring only hop distance during single leg hop testing is insufficient to detect deficits in knee function after ACL reconstruction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, Published Online First: 29 May 2019. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099918

  • Korakakis V, O’Sullivan K, Sideris V, & Giakas G.

    No differences in spinal repositioning error in patients with low back pain presenting with a directional preference into extension. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 1-9 (online ahead of print) doi:10.1080/21679169.2019.1585474

  • Hernandez-Sanchez S, Korakakis V, Malliaropoulos N, and Moreno-Perez V.

    Validation study of the Functional Assessment Scale for Acute Hamstring injuries in Spanish professional soccer players. Clinical Rehabilitation: 269215518815540.

  • Korakakis V, O'Sullivan P. B, O'Sullivan K, Evagelinou V, Sotiralis Y, Sideris A, Sakellariou K, Karanasios S and Giakas G.

    Physiotherapist perceptions of optimal sitting and standing posture. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 39: 24-31. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2018.11.004

  • Korakakis V, O’Sullivan K, Sotiralis Y, Karanasios S, Sideris V, Sideris A, Sakellariou K & Giakas G.

    Evaluation of the within- and between-day intra-tester and inter-tester reliability of positioning subjects into neutral and lordotic sitting postures. European Journal of Physiotherapy 1-11. doi: 10.1080/21679169. 2018. 1503719

  • Lohrer H, Malliaropoulos N, Korakakis V, and Padhiar N.

    Exercise-induced leg pain in athletes: diagnostic, assessment, and management strategies. The Physician and Sportsmedicine doi: 10.1080/ 0091 3847.2018.1537861

  • Korakakis V, Whiteley R and Giakas G.

    Low load resistance training with blood flow restriction decreases anterior knee pain more than resistance training alone. A pilot randomised controlled trial. Physical Therapy in Sport 34: 121-128. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.09.007

  • Korakakis V, Whiteley R, Epameinontidis K.

    Blood Flow Restriction induces hypoalgesia in recreationally active adult male anterior knee pain patients allowing therapeutic exercise loading. Physical Therapy in Sport, 32: 235-243. doi: 10.1016/ j.ptsp. 2018.05.021

  • Leung R, Malliaropoulos N, Korakakis V, & Padhiar N.

    “What are patients’ knowledge, expectation and experience of radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of their tendinopathies? A qualitative study. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 11(1): 11. doi: 10.1186/s13047-018-0254-5

  • Korakakis V., Whiteley R., Tzavara A. & Malliaropoulos N.

    The effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in common Lower Limb Conditions – a Systematic Review including quantification of patient-rated pain reduction. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2018;(52):387-407. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097347

  • Korakakis, V., Giakas, G., Sideris, V., & Whiteley, R.

    Repeated end range spinal movement while seated abolishes the proprioceptive deficit induced by prolonged flexed sitting posture. A study assessing the statistical and clinical significance of spinal position sense. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 31, 9-20. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.06.003

  • Lohrer H., Nauck T., Korakakis V., Malliaropoulos N.

    Validation of the FASH (Functional Assessment Scale for Acute Hamstring Injuries) questionnaire for German-speaking football players. Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, 2016;11(1):130.

  • Korakakis, V., Malliaropoulos, N., Baliotis, K., Papadopoulou, S., Padhiar, N., Nauck, T., et al.

    ‘Cross-cultural Adaptation and Validation of the Exercise-Induced Leg Pain Questionnaire for English- and Greek-Speaking Individuals.’ Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 45(6), 485-496 doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5428

  • Tsaklis, P., Malliaropoulos, N., Mendiguchia, J., Korakakis, V., Tsapralis, K., Pyne, D., et al.

    Muscle and intensity based hamstring exercise classification in elite female track and field athletes: implications for exercise selection during rehabilitation. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 6, 209-217 doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S79189

  • Malliaropoulos N, Korakakis V, Christodoulou D, Padhiar N, Pyne D, Giakas G, Nauch T, Malliaras P, Lohrer H.

    ‘Development and validation of a questionnaire (FASH – Functional Assessment Scale for Acute Hamstring Injuries): to measure the severity and impact of symptoms on function and sports ability in patients with acute hamstring injuries.’ British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(22):1607-1612. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094021

  • Korakakis, V., Patsiaouras, A., & Malliaropoulos, N.

    ‘Cross-cultural adaptation of the VISA-P questionnaire for Greek-speaking patients with patellar tendinopathy.’ British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(22), 1647-1652 doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091339

  • Korakakis, V., Sideris, V., & Giakas, G.

    ‘Sitting bodily configuration: A study investigating the intra-tester reliability of positioning subjects into a predetermined sitting posture.’ Manual Therapy, 19(3), 197-202 doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.01.001.