Welcome to the Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport (BOS) Laboratory

Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport (BOS) Laboratory

The main objectives of McGill’s Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport (BOS) Laboratory is to:

  • Advance fundamental knowledge on mechanisms of muscle fatigue and musculoskeletal injuries/disorders (MSDs) in sport and occupational settings
  • Develop applied knowledge to improve the effectiveness of training and rehabilitation interventions to reduce the burden of MSDs and increase sport performance.
  • Advance knowledge on determinants of performance and health for men and women of all ages, so as to contribute to more equitable, diverse and inclusive health and performance interventions.
  • Lead highly qualified research trainees into developing successful careers as health care professionals, ergonomists, exercise physiologists, and/or independent scientists.

The vision of BOS is that more knowledgeable and competent graduates will significantly contribute to better health and quality of life and improve human performance and wellbeing for all.

Current Projects

  • A pilot project: The effects of handedness on muscle activation during a repetitive overhead fatiguing task
  • Sex differences in peripheral and central fatigue during repeated all-out cycling after adjusting for total mechanical work
  • The effects of self-selecting the rest durations in a repeated sprinting protocol on physiological, psychological, and performance outcomes

 

Current Funding

  • 2022 – 2027: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grant: ‘Modeling the mechanisms and the biomechanical manifestations of muscle fatigue: the good, the bad, and the in-between’.
  • 2018 – 2023: Canada Foundation for Innovation Equipment and Infrastructure grant: “Merged infrastructure to study the multidimensional aspects of muscle fatigue".

 

Please inquire for any student funding opportunities directly to julie.cote2 [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Julie Côté).

Lab Director

Dr. Julie Côté

Picture of Dr. CoteProfessor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Phone: (514) 398-4184 x 0539

julie.cote2 [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)

 

Current Members

SangHoon (Andrew) Yoon, Research Assistant


Hometown: Fredericton, New BrunswickAndrew yoon's smiling picture

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience, McGill University

Awards/Fellowships:
2020-2021: NSERC CGS - Master’s program
2021: Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) Travel Award
2020: R. E. Wilkinson Award
2020: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award
2019: NSERC USRA
2017: Adriano Tassone Internship Award

Research Thesis:
Sex differences and effects of fatiguing movement on task-specific stability 
Innovate Telerehabilitation and Tele-research platform for movement disorders

About Me:
My research interest is in neuromuscular fatigue which stems from my previous experience with competitive sports and musculoskeletal injuries. I want to find out how females and males with similar strength capabilities fatigue differently during repeated maximal effort exercise. Outside of academics, I love playing sports and cooking with friends

Sample publication:
Yoon S, Bailey, CA, Cohen NR, Côté JN (2021). Changes in muscle activation, oxygenation, and morphology following a fatiguing repetitive forward reaching task in young adult males and females. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 59: 102564

All publications available at: ResearchGate

Erika Renda, PhD student


Hometown: Picture of Erika
Montreal, Quebec

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc Biochemistry, Concordia University
MScA(OT) Occupational Therapy, McGill University
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience, McGill University

Current Degree:
PhD in Kinesiology Sciences

Awards/Fellowships:
2021-2024:
Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail PhD Scholarship
2021: Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) Travel Award
2021: Education Graduate Students' Society (EGSS) Professional and Research Development Award
2019: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award

Tentative Thesis Title:
Sex/Gender differences in fatigability and muscle activation during repetitive shoulder movements at different frequencies. A cohort study of work-related shoulder injuries

About Me:
Due to my experience in occupational therapy I have a research interest in the effect of musculoskeletal disorders on one's ability to perform occupational tasks as well as which ergonomic postures and positions are best for individuals when performing these tasks. When I’m not doing schoolwork or working (as an occupational therapist), I spend my time exercising.

Sample publication:
Renda E, Amirali Karmali S, Yordanova I, Schwartz S, Mahdid Y, Ghosh A, … Boudrias, MH (2019). Current Stimulation on an Individual’s Ability to Learn to Control a Brain-Computer Interface. McGill Journal of Medicine.

Matt Slopecki, PhD Candidate


Hometown:Picture of Matt Slopecki
Brentwood, England

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Brunel University London, England

Current Degree:
PhD in Kinesiology Sciences

Awards/Fellowships:
2021: International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Motor Control Technical Group Student Award
2021: International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) International Travel Grant
2021: Education Graduate Student Society (EGSS) Professional and Research Development Award
2021-2022: McGill University – Differential Fee Waiver2021: Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) Virtual Mobility Award
2021: Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) Travel Award
2021: Mitacs Globalink Award Abroad (declined due to COVID-19)
2020-2023: Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (GREAT Award)
2020-2022: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award (PhD)
2020: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team for Gender Considerations in Knowledge Transfer Interventions Grant
2019-2020: Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR) Travel Award
2019-2020: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award (MSc)

Tentative Thesis Title:
Motor control strategies in the fatigue related responses during repetitive movement (tentative)

About Me:
I am a passionate researcher who is focused on developing clear applications of my work. This is reflected in my concurrent work as a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University and as a Research Assistant at Institut national du sport du Québec, where I aim to develop athlete monitoring tools to benefit coaching strategies in elite sport.

Sample publication:
Slopecki, M., Messing, K., & Côté, J. N. (2020). Is sex a proxy for mechanical variables during an upper limb repetitive movement task? An investigation of the effects of sex and of anthropometric load on muscle fatigue. Biol Sex Differ, 11(1).

Yiyang Chen, PhD Student


Hometown:Smiling picture of Yiyang Chen
Nanjing, China

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc Sports Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, China
Mphil Sports Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, China
Visiting Schola, University of Ottawa, Canada

Current Degree: 
PhD in Kinesiology Sciences

Awards/Fellowships:
2020-2024:
China Scholarship Council (CSC) & McGill University Joint Scholarship

Tentative Thesis Title:
Sex- and fatigue-specific biomechanical analyses and pattern identification in running

About Me:
My research interest is focused on sex-specific neuromuscular control during repetitive movements in sports. My interest in sports rose out of the intersection of academic research training and personal experiences with sports. I used to do Taekwondo as a teen athlete prior to high school. Now, I enjoy playing different kinds of sports after work. Besides that, I love traveling and watching any science fiction films

Sample publication:
Chen, Y., Li, J. X., & Wang, L. (2020). Influences of heel height on human postural stability and functional mobility between inexperienced and experienced high heel shoe wearers. PeerJ, 8, e10239

All publications available at: ResearchGate

Davine Yang, MSc Student


Hometown: Smiling picture of Davine Yang
Ajax, Ontario

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University

Current Degree:
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2021-2022: McGill Sports Science Research Masters Fellowship

Tentative Thesis Title:
Sex and fatigue on factors of dynamic knee stability during a single-leg lateral jump landing task

About Me:
I’m in my first year of my master’s and my current interests in research are in biomechanics and sports science concerning higher-level athletes. I hope to continue in the field of biomechanics in the future. When I’m not doing research I’m playing rugby, and I also love to read, watch TV and go on outdoor adventures!

Sample publication:
Iqbal, S., Scheede-Bergdahl, C., & Yang, D., Zhand, K., Andonian, S. (2021). POS-228 The role of thyroid-stimulating hormone in nephrolithiasis associated with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int Rep. 6(4): S96

Luke Spagnuolo, MSc Student


Hometown:Picture of Luke Spagnuolo
Stouffville, Ontaro

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc Kinesiology (Minor: History), McGill University

Current Degree:
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2021:
McGill University Graduate Excellence Award

Tentative Thesis Title:
Sex differences in muscle fatigue among collegiate level rowers during a 2000m race simulation

About Me:
I’m a 22 year old from Stouffville, ON. I love sports and history and my favourite Sports teams are the New York Rangers, Liverpool FC, and the LA Chargers. I am very interested in the implications of rowing on human biomechanics and want to further investigate this through my research!

Sample publication:
Yoon S, Lefrançois-Daignault T, Côté JN (2019). Effects of cycling while typing on upper limb and performance characteristics. Appl Ergon 80: 161-167.

Malak Selim, MSc Student


Hometown:picture of malak
Sackville, New Brunswick

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University

Current Degree:
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2021: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award

Tentative Thesis Title:
Sex-differences in Muscle Activity, Kinematics, Discomfort, and Performance when Under-Desk Cycling in Comparison to the Traditional Seated Workstation

About Me:
I'm a first-year master’s student interested in occupational health and research. I hope to continue into the field or either research or healthcare! Currently, my hobbies are article writing, reading, tending to my indoor garden, biking and knitting!

Samuel Lamanuzzi, MSc student


Hometown:Picture of Samuel Lamanuzzi
Montreal, Canada

Previous Degrees Earned:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University

Current Degree
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2022:
Dr. Terry Kavanagh Fellowship 
2021-2022: FRQS Master’s Training
2021-2022: MITACS Accelerate Fellowship
2021-2022: NSERC CGS - Master’s program
2021: Canadian-Italian Business & Professional Association (CIBPA) Bursary
2021: Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) Travel Award
2021: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award

Tentative Thesis Title:
The sex-specific effects of alternating computer work postures in young adults

About Me:
The Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport Laboratory provides me with the opportunity to impact individuals on a day-to-day basis with the research I conduct. I hope that one day I’ll be able to use the skills and knowledge I develop in the lab to help people in need.

 

Alumni

Post Doc

Samuel Leitkam; Mechanical modeling of human manual tasks. Co-supervisor: Philippe Archambault (McGill P&OT); 2017 – 2019.

Jason Bouffard; Effet de l’expertise et du sexe sur les techniques de travail et la résistance à la fatigue lors de tâches impliquant des mouvements répétitifs à faibles charges au membre supérieur. Co-supervisor: Mickael Begon, Université de Montréal; 2016 – 2018; Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Universite Laval.

Kathryn Sinden; Gender-specific biometrics associated with work-related MSD; 2015 – 2016; Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Lakehead University.

Suzy Ngomo; Effects of repetitive upper limb work on muscle co-contraction and predictors of pain; 2012-13; Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure track), U. Québec à Chicoutimi.

Brenda Santos; validity and reliability of EMG in measuring force and fatigue; 2008 – 2009; Current position: researcher, United States’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
 

PhD

Chen Yang: Biomechanical analysis of sex-specific adaptations to muscle fatigue in repetitive upper limb tasks; 2016-2021. Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Northwestern University).

Christopher Bailey: The effect of old age on muscle activation variability: Exploring gait, upper limb fatigue, and potential muscular mechanisms; 2016-2020. Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar at The University of Ottawa.

Hiram Cantu: Designing a clinical tool to assess upper limb freezing mechanisms in people with Parkinson’s disease; 2012 – now; Current position: Academic Program Director, Biomedical Engineering, University of Monterrey, Mexico.

Amir Vafadar (co-direction with Philippe Archambault, McGill P&OT), PhD Rehabilitation Sciences, Validation of a shoulder position sense measurement instrument for clinical use; 2009 – 2015; Current position: Physiotherapist, Clinic Director, Dena Sports Physio, Montreal.

David Antle: The use of participatory ergonomics and laboratory based methods to design and implement ergonomic solutions. 2008 – 2013; Current position : Medical Student, University of Alberta; Senior Research Consultant, EWI Works, Adjunct Professor, U. Alberta.

Jason Fuller (fast-tracked from Master’s): Effects of fatigue on the postural stabilization mechanisms used during repetitive reaching; 2005 – 2011; Current position: Co- Founder, Statespace©.

Karen Lomond: Effects of fatigue and of neck-shoulder pain on posture-movement coordination during upper limb tasks; 2005 – 2010; Current position: Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, USA.

MSc

SangHoon Yoon: Sex-specific muscle activation and oxygenation kinetics during a repetitive forward pointing task; 2020-2021. Current position: Research Assistant at McGill University

Lily Dong: Sex differences in shoulder muscle activation and fatigue among elite water polo players; 2018-2020. Current position: PhD at Université du Québec à Montréal, Quality assurance analyst at Jintronix.

Geneviève Gill: Computer lenses and sex influence on shoulder-neck musculoskeletal mechanisms in university students identifying as laptop users; 2018-2020. Current position: Programming Assistant at Let’s Talk Science.

Savannah King: Effects of bimanual athletic expertise on adaptations to repetitive motion-induced fatigue; 2017 – 2019. Current position: Academic Project Coordinator, Assistant coach of the McGill Varsity swim team, McGill.

Michelle Caron: Effects of unilateral athletic expertise on adaptations to repetitive motion-induced fatigue; 2016 – 2019. Current position: Research Associate, INÉDI©

Maxana Weiss: Aging effects on the coordination response to fatigue in men. 2016 – 2018; Current position: Ph.D. student

Eric Sunghoon Minn: Effects of repetitive arm motion-induced fatigue physical, perceptual and performance characteristics associated with a fine manual task; 2015 – 2017; Current position: Ph.D. student.

Annamaria Otto: Gender differences in the fatigue effects on physical and experienced pain responses. 2015 – 2017; Current position: podiatry school student.

Zachary Weber: Effects of sensory supplementation on repetitive motion-induced fatigue; 2014 – 2016; Current position: physiotherapy student, McGill.

Amanda Farias: Muscular, vascular and postural characteristics of computer work using laptop vs extended monitor setup. 2014 – 2016; current position: Ph.D. student, McMaster.

Jonathan Pendenza: whole-body effects and gender differences in work-induced hypoalgesia; 2014 – 2015 (withdrew). Current position: physiotherapy student.

Michael Yehoyakim: Effects of fatigue on lifting coordination in females. 2013 – 2015.

Adrien Moufflet: Identification of objective measures of neck/shoulder fatigue during simulated auto work assembly work at shoulder height. 2013 – 2015; Current positions: osteopath, centre sportif UQAM; director of sport-study collegial program, Lac Saint-Louis.

Larissa Fedorowich: Effects of walking while typing on computer work-related performance and neck-shoulder characteristics. 2012 – 2014; Current position: research assistant, McGill Rehabilitation Sciences.

Hiram Cantu: Mechanisms of trunk movement compensations to repetitive motion- induced arm fatigue; 2010 – 2012; Consequent position: PhD student.

Bridget Gervasi: Effects of repetitive motion-induced fatigue on rhythm sense. 2010 – 2012; Current position: kinesiologist, manager, Nautilus.

Thorbjørn Johansen (co-direction with Pascal Madeleine, Aalborg University, Denmark); M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering; Gender effects on the coordination of subdivisions of the trapezius muscle during a repetitive box-folding task; 2009 – 2011; Current position: college teacher.

Ian Kutschke: Effects of Alexander technique training on neck-shoulder posture and movement. 2008 – 2010; Current position: teacher.

Evelyne Boulay: Test-retest properties of shoulder range of motion, force and power in healthy subjects. 2007 – 2009; Current position: occupational health/safety dep. director, Zodiac technologies© (USA).

Alison Reichert: Test-retest properties of objective maximal neck force measures in a population of healthy adults. 2007 – 2009; Current position: PhD student.

Petko Baltov; M.Sc. Rehabilitation Sciences (co-direction with Debbie Feldman, Université de Montréal); Psychosocial predictors of whiplash injury chronicity; 2006 – 2008; Current position: physiotherapist.

Kim Emery: Effects of Pilates training on arm-trunk posture and movement. 2006 – 2008; Current position: research assistant.

Isabelle Pearson; M. Sc. Rehabilitation Sciences (co-direction with Jean-Pierre Dumas, McGill P&OT); Cervical isometric strength measurements in whiplash- associated disorders: test-retest properties of the Multi-Cervical Unit and effects of pain and fear of movement. 2006 – 2008; Current position : physiotherapist, faculty lecturer.

Leslie-Ann Stewart: Influence of orthotic wear on gait coordination. 2004 – 2007. Current Position: occupational therapist, Best Doctors© Insurance company.

Marc Therrien; M.Sc. Kinesiology (co-direction with François Prince at Université de Montréal); Caractérisation de la posture assise chez les enfants sains et ceux atteints de déficit moteur cérébral; 2004 – 2007; Current position : clinical kinesiologist, Emovi©.

Isabelle Patenaude: The effects of whiplash-associated disorders on the kinematic and the electromyographic responses of individuals submitted to anterior surface translations in the sitting position. 2004 – 2006. Current position: physiotherapist, Clinique de physiothérapie Pierre-Boucher, Longueuil, QC.

Recent Publications

BOS lab publications available at: Google Scholar

Research Equipment, Facilities, and Infrastructure

Laval - Emphasizes research with vulnerable groups (older adults, patients with Parkinson’s Disease). The lab constitutes three offices and a 72.8 m2 lab equipped with the following:

  • 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)
  • Kistler treadmill
  • Monark cycle ergometer
  • Monark arm ergometer


McGill - Emphasizes research into the mechanisms of muscle fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders from diverse perspectives (e.g. ergonomics, motor control, physiology and sports). The 74 m2 space is equipped with the following:

 
  • Xsens 3D motion capture
  • EdgeTM Lactate Analyzer
  • Contrex dynamometer
  • ISS Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • GE Ultrasound
  • MagStim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Digitimer muscle stimulator
  • Monark cycle ergometer
  • Monark arm ergometer
  • Delsys Surface and intramuscular electromyography
  • 9-camera Vicon Nexus motion capture
  • 2 AMTI force plates
  • Custom-build motion base platform
  • Sit-stand stool, standing and biking desks

News

 

 

For up-to-date News, follow us on:

  • Twitter: @ProfCote
  • Instagram: @bosmcgill

Call for study participants

A pilot project: The effects of handedness on muscle activation during a repetitive overhead fatiguing task

Who?
Young healthy individuals, aged 18-30

What?
Acute biomechanics research study (1 visit: 2.5 h)

Compensation?
None

Where?
Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport Laboratory
Currie Gym, Room 326

If interested, please contact erika.renda [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Erika Renda)

 

The effects of self-selecting the rest durations in a repeated sprinting protocol on physiological, psychological, and performance outcomes

Who?
Young healthy individuals, aged 18-35

What?
Acute biomechanics research study (1 visit: 2.0 h)

Compensation?
None

Where?
Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport Laboratory
Currie Gym, Room 326

If interested, please contact davine.yang [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Davine Yang)

 

Contact Us

Dr. Julie Côté

McGill University
Currie Gymnasium, room A218
475 Pine Avenue west
Montreal (QC) H2W 1S4
Tel.: (514) 398-4184 Ext.0539
Fax : (514) 398-4186

Google Maps


Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
3205 Alton-Goldbloom Place
Laval (QC) H7V 1R2
Tel.: (450) 688-9550 Ext. 4813
Fax : (450) 688-3116

Google Maps

Back to top