Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab Research and Infrastructure


There are four main poles of research conducted at the OBEL laboratory:

  1. Understanding the mechanisms of repetitive motion-induced fatigue and of musculoskeletal injuries affecting both posture and (arm) repetitive tasks
  2. Identifying factors (both biophysical and psychosocial) related to musculoskeletal injury chronicity and rehabilitation outcomes
  3. Applying findings to optimize production / avoid injury in occupational settings involving (arm) repetitive tasks (work industries, music performance, sports)
  4. Gain an in-depth understanding of sex/gender differences as they relate to musculoskeletal disorders

The OBEL laboratory is a site for both research and functional assessments of deficits for individuals suffering from neck and/or upper limb symptoms.



The OBEL lab is organized into three rooms:

  • Director’s office
  • Student office with 4 complete workstations
  • 72.8 m2 laboratory

Research equipment

  • Passive, high-resolution motion capture system(Vicon MX3 6-camera system)
  • Wireless telemetric 24-channel muscle activity recording system with passive surface electrodes (Noraxon)
  • Two six-degree-of-freedom force plates (AMTI)
  • Multi-directional neck force and amplitude measurement system (BTE Tech)
  • Multi-attachment occupational task force and amplitude measurement system (BTE Tech)
  • Lower limb dynamometric assessment system (KINCOM)
  • Electromagnetic motion analysis system (POLHEMUS)
  • Laser Doppler flowmeter (MOOR)
  • Thermotest system (SOMEDIC)
  • Algometer (SOMEDIC)
  • Telemetric movement and muscle activity data capture (Biometrix)

Office equipment

  • 7 Pentium computers
  • 3 inkjet printers
  • 2 Intel laptops
  • 1 fax/scanner/laser printer
  • Fully equipped kitchen