Personal Page of Beneka Anastasia

beneka Full Name: Beneka Anastasia
Title: Professor
Area of expertise: Physical Rehabilitation
Sector: Exercise & Health
Telephone: +30 25310 39662
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Office: Β2-20, Laboratory of Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
Hours of listening students: Mon: 12:00-16:00

Teaching subjects
Graduate Studies (2000 – present):
738-Counselling in Rehabilitation (Fall Semester)
733-Musculoskeletal Injuries: Prevention-Intervention-Rehabilitation (Spring Semester)
734-Musculoskeletal Diseases : Prevention-Intervention-Rehabilitation (Spring Semester)

Under-Graduate Studies (1996-Present):
N116-Anatomy (Fall Semester)
N245-Sports Injuries(Fall Semester)
N045-Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation (Spring Semester)
N542-Musculoskeletal Injuries and exercise(Fall Semester)
N546-Athletic Training (Spring Semester)

Research interests

  1. Therapeutic exercise and chronic musculoskeletal pain 
  2. Counseling in Rehabilitation
  3. Sports injuries rehabilitation,
  4. Athletic Training,
  5. Functional rehabilitation

Brief curriculum vitae

  1. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sports Sciences (1998): Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace
  2. Master of Sciences in Coaching (1996): Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace
  3. Bachelor (B.S.) in Physical Education and Sports (1994): Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Sciences,  Democritus University of Thrace
  4. Erasmus student 1994 (mobility program) CERAM Sophia Antipolis

Professional Experience:

  1. Researcher in “Therapeutic exercise and Rehabilitation Lab”, Dept of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace, from 2005 – present.
  2. Academic Advisor at the National Academic Recognition Information Center, November 2008 – 2010 (2 years), Athens, Greece
  3. Member of the Central Committee of Athletic Schools, Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, 2007 – 2010 (3 years)
  4. Special Advisor of the Minister in Academic and Physical Education issues, Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs in Greece, October 2007 – February 2009 (1 year 5 months)
  5. Marshall Memorial Fellowship for Young European Leaders, German Marshall Fund (GMF) Fellowship Program Spring 2006
  6. Scientific Advisor, National Federation of Rowing, 1998 – 1999 (1 year)|Athens, Greece
  7. Scientific Advisor, National Federation of Gymnastics, 1998 – 1999 (1 year), Athens, Greece.
  8. Responsable for Isokinetic assessment and exercise programs at a private Centre for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (Ethnikis Antistassis & Perikleous str, Thessaloniki, Greece).
  9. Leader of Sport Camp and Responsable for designing outdoor athletic activities, Sport Camp, Private Sports Camp for children, June 1993 – July 1999 (6 years 2 months), Loutraki, Greece

Research experience:

  1. Sport injuries Rehabilitation,
  2. Athletic Training, 
  3. Counseling in Rehabilitation,
  4. Musculoskeletal Injuries and chronic pain (Prevention-Intervention-Rehabilitation)

Research activities:

  1. Muscle dynamometry (isokinetic, isometric, isotonic dynamometers as well as measurement of maximal strength with resistance training equipment)
  2. Anthropometry (measurement of body composition with skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing, anthropometric tapes; measurement of body segments with somatometers, somatotype assessment).
  3. Flexibility assessment with goniometry, sit & reach testing, inclinometers, flexometers.
  4. Pelmatography (Comex co)
  5. Functional field tests. 
  6. Static and dynamic stabililty assessment with stability platform systems and field tests

Scientific Presentations:

More than 200 scientific international presentations (oral and poster) from 1994 – present.

Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals:

  1. Strength and Conditioning Journal
  2. International Journal of Sports Medicine
  3. Journal of Sport and Health Science
  4. Biomedical Engineering Online


Katsavouni, F., Bebetsos, E., Antoniou, P., Malliou, P., Beneka, A.
Work-related risk factors for low back pain in firefighters. Is exercise helpful?
(2013) Sport Sciences for Health, pp. 1-6. Article in Press. 

Germanou, E.I., Chatzinikolaou, A., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Jamurtas, A.Z., Bikos, C., Tsoukas, D., Theodorou, A., Katrabasas, I., Margonis, K., Douroudos, I., Gioftsidou, A., Fatouros, I.G.
Oxidative stress and inflammatory responses following an acute bout of isokinetic exercise in obese women with knee osteoarthritis
(2013) Knee, 20 (6), pp. 581-590. 

Kotzailia, K., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Manual lymph drainage
(2013) Epitheorese Klinikes Farmakologias kai Farmakokinetikes, 31 (2), pp. 121-125. 

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Kofotolis, N., Rokka, S., Mavromoustakos, S., Godolias, G.
Effects of instructional and motivational self-talk on balance performance in knee injured
(2013) European Journal of Physiotherapy, 15 (2), pp. 56-63. Cited 1 time.

Katsavouni, F., Bebetsos, E., Malliou, P., Beneka, A.
Risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders among ambulance personnel
(2013) Archives of Hellenic Medicine, 30 (2), pp. 205-211. 

Beneka, A.G., Malliou, P.K., Missailidou, V., Chatzinikolaou, A., Fatouros, I., Gourgoulis, V., Georgiadis, E.
Muscle performance following an acute bout of plyometric training combined with low or high intensity weight exercise
(2013) Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 (3), pp. 335-343. 

Gioftsidou, A., Malliou, P., Pafis, G., Beneka, A., Tsapralis, K., Sofokleous, P., Kouli, O., Roka, S., Godolias, G.
Balance training programs for soccer injuries prevention
(2012) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 7 (3), pp. 639-647. Cited 2 times.

Gioftsidou, A., Malliou, P., Pafis, G., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Effects of a soccer training session fatigue on balance ability
(2011) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 6 (3), pp. 521-527. Cited 1 time.

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Kouli, O., Gioftsidou, A., Papadopoulou, M., Bebetsos, E., Godolias, G.
Evaluating the emotions of patients with chronic low back pain. A preliminary examination
(2010) Sport Sciences for Health, 6 (1), pp. 17-22. 

Misailidou, V., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Karagiannidis, A., Godolias, G.
Assessment of patients with neck pain: a review of definitions, selection criteria, and measurement tools
(2010) Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 9 (2), pp. 49-59. Cited 1 time.

Chatzinikolaou, A., Fatouros, I.G., Gourgoulis, V., Avloniti, A., Jamurtas, A.Z., Nikolaidis, M.G., Douroudos, I., Michailidis, Y., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Tofas, T., Georgiadis, I., Mandalidis, D., Taxildaris, K.
Time course of changes in performance and inflammatory responses after acute plyometric exercise
(2010) Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24 (5), pp. 1389-1398. Cited 25 times.

Vithoulka, I., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Aggelousis, N., Karatsolis, K., Diamantopoulos, K.
The effects of Kinesio-Taping® on quadriceps strength during isokinetic exercise in healthy non athlete women
(2010) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 18 (1), pp. 1-6. Cited 21 times.

Malliou, V.J., Beneka, A.G., Gioftsidou, A.F., Malliou, P.K., Kallistratos, E., Pafis, G.K., Katsikas, C.A., Douvis, S.
Young tennis players and balance performance
(2010) Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24 (2), pp. 389-393. Cited 3 times.

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Tsigganos, G., Zetou, H., Godolias, G.
Injury incidence rate, severity and diagnosis in male volleyball players
(2009) Sport Sciences for Health, 5 (3), pp. 93-99. Cited 3 times.

Vathrakokilis, K., Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Effects of a balance training protocol on knee joint proprioception after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
(2008) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 21 (4), pp. 233-237. Cited 2 times.

Evgeniadis, G., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Mavromoustakos, S., Godolias, G.
Effects of pre- or postoperative therapeutic exercise on the quality of life, before and after total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis
(2008) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 21 (3), pp. 161-169. Cited 6 times.

Malliou, V.J., Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Pafis, G., Katsikas, C., Beneka, A., Tsiganos, G., Godolias, G.
Balance exercise program before or after a tennis training session?
(2008) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 21 (2), pp. 87-90. Cited 3 times.

Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Tsigganos, G., Gioftsidou, A., Germanou, E., Michalopoulou, M.
Are injury rates in female volleyball players age related?
(2008) Sport Sciences for Health, 2 (3), pp. 113-117. Cited 1 time.

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Tsigganos, G., Gioftsidou, A., Michalopoulou, M., Germanou, E., Godolias, G.
A prospective study of injury incidence among elite and local division volleyball players in Greece
(2007) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 20 (2-3), pp. 115-121. Cited 1 time.

Germanou, E., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Tsiganos, G., Papalexandris, St., Bikos, Ch., Godolias, G.
Reproducibility of concentric isokinetic strength of the knee extensors and flexors in individuals with mild and moderate osteoarthritis of the knee
(2007) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 15 (3), pp. 151-164. Cited 2 times.

Malliou, P., Rokka, S., Beneka, A., Mavridis, G., Godolias, G.
Reducing risk of injury due to warm up and cool down in dance aerobic instructors
(2007) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 20 (1), pp. 29-35. Cited 1 time.

Gioftsidou, A., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Pafis, G., Godolias, G.
Soccer players' muscular imbalances: Restoration with an isokinetic strength training program
(2006) Perceptual and Motor Skills, 103 (1), pp. 151-159. Cited 5 times.

Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Measurements and evaluations in low back pain patients
(2006) Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 16 (4), pp. 219-230. Cited 13 times.

Beneka, A., Aggeloussis, N., Giannakopoulos, K., Godolias, G.
Identifying and treating rotator cuff imbalances
(2006) Strength and Conditioning Journal, 28 (2), pp. 92-95. 

Gioftsidou, A., Malliou, P., Pafis, G., Beneka, A., Godolias, G., Maganaris, C.N.
The effects of soccer training and timing of balance training on balance ability
(2006) European Journal of Applied Physiology, 96 (6), pp. 659-664. Cited 33 times.

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Fatouros, I., Jamurtas, A., Gioftsidou, A., Godolias, G., Taxildaris, K.
Resistance training effects on muscular strength of elderly are related to intensity and gender
(2005) Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 8 (3), pp. 274-283. Cited 20 times.

Malliou, P.C., Giannakopoulos, K., Beneka, A.G., Gioftsidou, A., Godolias, G.
Effective ways of restoring muscular imbalances of the rotator cuff muscle group: A comparative study of various training methods
(2004) British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 (6), pp. 766-772. Cited 12 times.

Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A., Pafis, G., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Proprioceptive training (balance exercises) reduces lower extremity injuries in young soccer players
(2004) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 17 (3-4), pp. 101-104. Cited 15 times.

Ispirlidis, I., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Germanou, E., Pafis, G., Gioftsidou, A., Godolias, G.
Jumping ability and kinetic knee extensors' performance in elite soccer players
(2004) Journal of Human Movement Studies, 46 (6), pp. 483-491. Cited 1 time.

Gioftsidou, A., Ispirlidis, I., Malliou, P., Pafis, G., Beneka, A., Godolias, G.
Injuries in soccer during the championship between adult and young players
(2004) Journal of Human Movement Studies, 46 (5), pp. 397-406. Cited 5 times.

Giannakopoulos, K., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Godolias, G.
Isolated vs. complex exercise in strengthening the rotator cuff muscle group
(2004) Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 18 (1), pp. 144-148. Cited 9 times.

Malliou, P., Fatouros, I., Beneka, A., Gioftsidou, A., Zissi, V., Godolias, G., Fotinakis, P.
Different training programs for improving muscular performance in healthy inactive elderly
(2003) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 11 (4), pp. 189-195. Cited 4 times.

Beneka, A.G., Malliou, P.C., Benekas, G.
Water and land based rehabilitation for Achilles tendinopathy in an elite female runner
(2003) British Journal of Sports Medicine, 37 (6), pp. 535-537. Cited 3 times.

Malliou, P., Ispirlidis, I., Beneka, A., Taxildaris, K., Godolias, G.
Vertical jump and knee extensors isokinetic performance in professional soccer players related to the phase of the training period
(2003) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 11 (3), pp. 165-169. Cited 11 times.

Charitopoulos, K., Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Bekiaris, A., Godolias, G.
Application of an aqua exercise programme in children with exercise induced asthma
(2003) Journal of Human Movement Studies, 45 (2), pp. 153-162. 

Kirialanis, P., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Giannakopoulos, K.
Occurrence of acute lower limb injuries in artistic gymnasts in relation to event and exercise phase
(2003) British Journal of Sports Medicine, 37 (2), pp. 137-139. Cited 25 times.

Beneka, A., Amoutzas, K., Malliou, P., Gioftsidou, A.
Different isokinetic training frequencies for strengthening the knee extensors in novice collegiate downhill skiers
(2003) Journal of Human Movement Studies, 44 (1), pp. 047-060. 

Kirialanis, P., Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Gourgoulis, V., Giofstidou, A., Godolias, G.
Injuries in artistic gymnastic elite adolescent male and female athletes
(2002) Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 16 (4), pp. 145-151. Cited 6 times.

Beneka, A., Malliou, P., Giannakopoulos, K., Kyrialanis, P., Godolias, G.
Different training modes for the rotator cuff muscle group. A comparative study
(2002) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 10 (2), pp. 73-79. Cited 5 times.

Malliou, P., Beneka, A., Ginnekopoulos, K., Aggelousis, N., Theodorakis, Y.
Goal setting: An efficient way to maximise isokinetic performancee
(1998) Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 7 (1), pp. 11-17. 

Theodorakis, Y., Beneca, A., Malliou, P., Goudas, M.
Examining psychological factors during injury rehabilitation
(1997) Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 6 (4), pp. 355-363. Cited 18 times.

Theodorakis, Y., Malliou, P., Papaioannou, A., Beneca, A., Filactakidou, A.
The effect of personal goals, self-efficacy, and self-satisfaction on injury rehabilitation
(1996) Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 5 (3), pp. 214-223. Cited 17 times.