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Person Profile

Name: Jean Damascene Niyonsenga

Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: MSc Physiotherapy

Email address:

Research group or field you are active: Musculoskeletal


Research interests (use full sentence case for each item in the bulleted list:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Orthopedics
  • Sport injuries (Prevention, Management & Rehabilitation)
  • Health promotion/Public health
  • NCDs

Unique responsibilities in the Department (if applicable)

e.g. in-charge of (name of unit/clinic); coordinator of students’ external practicum

In-charge of physiotherapy undergraduate research

  • Clinical practice instructor and supervisor

Any notable achievements

e.g. was appointed Head of Department in 2010; served as Head of Department/unit from 1999-2003.

Role related posts held

e.g. Member of the Faculty Research Committee. Don’t include roles that aren’t related to your work at the University. Notable previous jobs should be included in “career”

Member of the Faculty Quality Assurance Committee

Career (if applicable-previous jobs outside MUST).

  • 2012-2014: Visiting lecturer at Hope Africa University, Bujumbura-Burundi
  • 2012-2014: Part-time Lecturer at Mount Kenya University, Kigali campus, Rwanda
  • 2012-2013: Visiting Lecturer at University of Rwanda (Kibungo and Rwamagana schools of Nursing and Midwifery; Physiotherapy Department at Nyamishaba campus), Rwanda.
  • 2005-2008: Clinical Physiotherapist at Gihundwe Hospital, Rwanda

Provide a link to projects, publications

Ongoing Projects:

  • Exercise and well-being: NCDs risks and constraints to physical activity and sport participation among Ugandan rural and urban secondary school students, Sponsored by First Mile Research Capacity Building Grant
  • Role of physiotherapy in ugandan neurosurgical transitional care, in collaboration with DGNN-Duke University, sponsored by Bass connections, Duke University- USA.


  • 2019: Management of Sports Injuries among Players of selected Team Sports at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Volleyball, Football, Netball, Rugby and Basketball), Under publication.
  • 2017: Promoting clinical reasoning, holistic rehabilitation starting a degree level course in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ugandan case study. WCPT conference - Cape Town, 2017.
  • 2017: Prevalence, intensity, severity and the coping strategies of low back pain among pregnant women attending maternal and child health clinic at Mbarara Regional Referral hospital, 13th research dissemination conference, MUST 2017.
  • 2017: Functional mobility of stroke patients at discharge from Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, 13th research dissemination conference, MUST 2017.
  • 2016: Sport injuries in female athletes, LAMBERT Academic Publishing, (ISBN: 978-3- 659-95726-0).
  • 2015: Factors associated with utilization of the glycemic index for nutritional management of diabetes mellitus type 2. A case study of King Faisal hospital in Rwanda, Unpublished.
  • 2004: ankle injury rehabilitation, a study conducted on selected male Rwandan soccer players, unpublished.











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