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Dr. David J Pearsall

Associate Professor
Dr. David J Pearsall
Contact Information

475 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4


514-398-4400 Ext 0472
Email address: 
david.pearsall [at]
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Biomechanics Lab: Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG)
Areas of expertise: 

Biomechanics, human locomotion -running on irregular terrains, applied ice hockey research.


B.A., B.P.H.E., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.)

Selected publications: 

Shell, J. R., Robbins, S. M. K., Dixon, P. C., Renaud, P. J., Wu, T., Turcotte, R. A., & Pearsall, D. J. (2017). Skating start propulsion: three-dimensional kinematic analysis of elite male and female ice hockey players. Sports Biomechanics, 1-12. doi:10.1080/14763141.2017.1306095

Renaud, P. J., Robbins, S. M. K., Dixon, P. C., Shell, J. R., Turcotte, R. A., & Pearsall, D. J. (2017). Ice hockey skate starts: a comparison of high and low calibre skaters. Sports Engineering, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s12283-017-0227-0

Dixon, P.C., Loh J.J., Michaud-Paquette, Y., & Pearsall, D.J. (2016) biomechZoo: An open-source toolbox for the processing, analysis, and visualization of biomechanical movement data. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine

Turcotte, R. A., Renaud, P., & Pearsall, D. J. (2016). Ice Hockey Skate, Stick Design and Performance Measures. In The Engineering Approach to Winter Sports (pp. 311-326). Springer New York.

Fortier, A., Tourcotte, R.A., & Pearsall, D.J. (2014). Skating mechanics of change-of-direction manoeuvres in ice hockey players. Sports Biomechanics, 13(4), 341-350

Ouckama, R, Pearsall, D. (2014) Projectile Impact Testing of Ice Hockey Helmets: Headform Kinematics and Dynamic Measurement of Localized Pressure Distribution, in Proceedings of the IRCOBI, 2014, IRC–14–16 Berlin, Germany, Sept 10-12

Pearsall, D., Turcotte, R., Levangie, M., & Forget, S. (2013). Biomechanical Adaptation in Ice Hockey Skating. Routledge Handbook of Ergonomics in Sport and Exercise, 37.

Ouckama, R. and D.J. Pearsall (2012) Impact Performance of Ice Hockey Helmets: Head Acceleration versus Focal Force Dispersion. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. 226(3)–(4), 185–192.5

Ouckama, R. and D.J. Pearsall. (2012) Impact performance of ice hockey helmets: head acceleration versus focal force dispersion. DOI:10.1177/1754337111435625

Hannon A, Michaud-Paquette Y, Turcotte RA, Pearsall DJ (2011). Dynamic strain profile of the ice hockey stick: comparison of player calibre and stick shaft stiffness. Sports Engineering 14(2-4)57-65.

Michaud-Paquette Y, Magee P, Turcotte RA, Pearsall DJ (2011). Predictors of scoring accuracy: whole body coordination during ice hockey wrist shot mechanics. Sports Biomechanics. 10(1):12-21.

Ouckama R, Pearsall DJ (2010) Evaluation of a Flexible Force Sensor for Measurement of Helmet Foam Impact Performance. Journal of Biomechanics. 44(5):904-909.

Stidwill TJ, Turcotte R, Pearsall DJ, (2010) Comparison of Skating Kinetics and Kinematics on Ice and on a Synthetic Surface, Sport Biomechanics 9(1): 57–64

Stidwill TJ, Pearsall DJ, Dixon P, Turcotte R, (2010) Force Transducer System for Measurement of Ice Hockey Skating Force, Sports Engineering 12:63–68

Chang R, Turcotte R, Pearsall D (2009) Hip Adductor Muscle Function in Forward Skating, Journal of Sport Biomechanics 8(3): 212-222

Dowler PM, Pearsall DJ, Stapley PJ. (2009) Effects of ice hockey facial protectors on response time and kinematics in goal directed tasks. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 223:99-108

Michaud-Paquette Y, Pearsall DJ, Turcotte RA (2009) Predictors of scoring accuracy: ice hockey wrist shot mechanics Sports Engineering 11:75-84

Pearsall DJ and Dowler P. (2008) A Longitudinal Study of Hockey Helmet Shelf Life. Journal of ASTM International, Vol. 5, No. 8 Paper ID JAI101870 available online and (2009) Journal of ASTM International Selected Technical Papers STP1516 Safety in Ice Hockey: 5th Volume, Editors Richard M. Greenwald and Alan B. Ashare, West Conshohocken, PA, 99-106.

Upjohn T, Turcotte R, Pearsall DJ, Loh J (2008) Three dimensional kinematics of the lower limbs during forward ice hockey Sport Biomechanics 7(2): 205–220

Lemair M, Pearsall DJ (2007) Evaluation of impact attenuation of facial protectors in ice hockey helmets. Sports Engineering 10: 65-74

Lomond KV, Turcotte RA, and Pearsall DJ (2007) Blade position and orientation during an ice hockey slap shot Sports Engineering 10: 87-100

Pearsall DJ and Turcotte RA (2007) Ice Hockey: Evaluation of Modern Skate and Stick Designs, in Materials In Sports Equipment Volume 2, editor A Subic, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge England pp 203-224

Villasenor- Herrara A, Pearsall DJ, Turcotte RA (2006) Recoil effect of the ice hockey stick during a slap shot. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 22(3):202-211

Morrison P, Pearsall DJ, Turcotte RA, Lockwood K & Montgomery DL (2005) Skate blade hollow and oxygen consumption during forward skating. Sports Engineering 8(2):91-98

Safety in Ice Hockey. (2004) 4th Vol, ASTM STP 1446, pp 300. Pearsall DJ and Ashare AB, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials. (ISBN - 08031-3473-8)

Wu T, Pearsall DJ, Turcotte R, Montgomery DL, Lefebvre R (2003) Ice Hockey Stick Bend and Twist Measurement during Slap and Wrist Shots. Sports Engineering. 6(1):31-39

Montgomery DL, Pearsall DJ, Turcotte R (2003) The Evolution of Body Size in the National Hockey League, History of Ice Hockey. Putting it on ice Volume II: Internationalizing 'Canada's Game, ed. CD Howell, Gorsebrook Research Institute, Halifax, NS, Canada 95-99

Nobes K, Montgomery D, Pearsall D, Turcotte R, Lefebvre R, and Whittom F (2003) A comparison of skating economy on-ice and on the skating treadmill. Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology 28(1):1-11

Pearsall DJ, Wall E, Hoshizaki B (2000) Comparison of International Ice Hockey Helmet Standards Safety in Ice Hockey, Third Volume, ASTM STP 1341, A.B. Ashare, Ed., American Society for Testing and Materials, 78-92.

Turcotte R, Pearsall DJ, Montgomery DL (2001) Stiffness properties of ice hockey skates. Sports Engineering 4:43-48

Spyrou E, Pearsall DJ, Hoshizaki TB (2000) Effect of local shell geometry and material properties on ice hockey helmet impact energy attenuation. Sports Engineering. 3(1):25-36.

Research areas: 
Biomechanics and Neuroscience
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