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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

  • Sex-specific effects of fatigue on movement stability, variability and coordination
  • Development of Telerehabilitation and Tele-research platform for movement disorders
  • Sex/gender-specific effects of shoulder injuries on patterns of upper limb movements at different heights and frequencies
  • Motor control strategies in the fatigue-related responses of low- to super-abled individuals
  • Sex-specific effects of alternative computer workstations in young adults
  • Sex-specific effects of High-intensity repeated sprints on physiological and neuromuscular central and peripheral characteristics of fatigue

 

Current Funding

  • 2015 - 2022: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery and Accelerator grants: 'Biomechanical modeling of posture and movement coordination: fatigue, gender and aging effects'.
  • 2018 – 2023: Canada Foundation for Innovation Equipment and Infrastructure grant: “Merged infrastructure to study the multidimensional aspects of muscle fatigue".
  • 2020-2021: McGill-Tel-Aviv University Collaborative Sports Science research grant: ”The effects of self-selecting the rest durations in a repeated sprinting protocol on physiological, psychological, and performance outcomes”.

 

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

Scientific Team

 

Lab Director

Dr. Julie Côté

Professor / Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Phone: (514) 398-4184 x 0539

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

 

Current Students

Fariba Hasanbarani, Postdoc fellow


Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Degrees received:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Sensorimotor Control & Rehab Lab, McGill University
PhD Motor Control, University of Tehran, Iran
Visiting Researcher, The Pennsylvania State University, US
MSc Motor Behavior, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
BSc Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Current Degree pursued:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University

Awards/Fellowships:
2021-2023: Mitacs Elevate Fellowship

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

About Me:
Personally, I love doing exercise, hiking, and running. Professionally, I am fond of developing new ideas to improve physical health.

Sample publication:
Hasanbarani F., & Latash M.L (2020). Performance-stabilizing synergies in a complex motor skill: Analysis based on the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, Motor Control, 24(2), 238–252.

All publications available at: ResearchGate

Yiyang Chen, PhD student


Hometown: 
Nanjing, China

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

Current Degree pursued:
PhD, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

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

Research Thesis:
Development of a bilateral symmetry biofeedback system for the training of speed skaters (tentative)

About Me:
I am interested in investigating the sex-specific neuromuscular control of repetitive movements in sports. This interest rose from my previous research experiences and athletic training. I used to do Taekwondo as a teen athlete prior to high school, but now I enjoy playing variety 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

Erika Renda, PhD student


Hometown:
Montreal, Quebec

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

Current Degree Pursued:
PhD Kinesiology Sciences

Awards/Fellowships:
2019: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award
2021-2024: Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail PhD Scholarship

Research Thesis:
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 student


Hometown:
Brentwood, England

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

Current Degree pursued: 
PhD in Kinesiology Sciences

Awards/Fellowships:
2019-2020: Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education Recruitment Award
2019-2020: REPAR Travel Award (Support for Students for Presentation in Scientific Events)
2020: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team for Gender Considerations in Knowledge Transfer Interventions-pour le partage des connaissances scholarship
2020: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award
2020: McGill University GREAT Travel Award
2020-2023: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award
2021: Mitacs Globalink Award Abroad

Research Thesis:
Motor control strategies in the fatigue related responses of low to super-abled individuals

About Me:
My research interests involve the use of data science to apply advanced computational analyses and machine learning algorithms to cohorts performing in fatigued states.

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. Biology of sex differences,11(1). 

For sample publications and further information, please follow this link: https://manylink.co/@matthewslopecki.

Chen Yang, PhD candidate


Hometown: 
Luoyang, China

Degrees received:
BEd Kinesiology, Xi’an Physical Education University, China
MSc Kinesiology, Shanghai University of Sport, China
Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan, United States

Current Degree pursued:
PhD Kinesiology Sciences

Funding:
2016 – 2017: Bloomberg Manulife Fellowship.
2017 – 2018: Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Trainee Award
2018 – 2019: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Great Montreal (CRIR) Doctoral Bursary Program 
2018 – 2019: Graduate Student Travel Award in Education
2019 – 2021: Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) PhD training award 
2021: McGill University Graduate Mobility Award

Research Thesis:
My PhD thesis focuses on the kinematic compensation for muscle fatigue in repetitive movement, by looking at the body posture, movement variability, and coordination

About Me:
I enjoy doing different sports, such as weight lifting, judo and basketball.

Sample publication:
Yang C, Leitkam S, Côté JN (2019). Effects of different fatigue locations on upper body kinematics and inter-joint coordination in a repetitive pointing task. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0227247.

All publications available at: ResearchGate

Samuel Lamanuzzi, MSc student


Hometown:
Montreal, Canada

Degrees received:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University

Current Degree pursued: 
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2020-2021: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award

Research Thesis:
Sex-specific effects of alternative computer workstations 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.

SangHoon (Andrew) Yoon, MSc student


Hometown:
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Degrees received:
BSc (Hons) Kinesiology, McGill University

Current Degree pursued:
MSc Biomechanics and Neuroscience

Awards/Fellowships:
2020: 
R. E. Wilkinson Award
2020: McGill University Graduate Excellence Award
2020-2021: NSERC CGS - Master’s program

Research Thesis:
Central and peripheral fatigue in females and males matched for initial mechanical work during repeated sprint exercise

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

All publications available at: ResearchGate

 

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

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

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:

  • 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

Events

ISPGR 2009

Lab members attending the 2009 ISPGR conference in Bologna, Italy. Left to Right: Karen Lomond, Julie Côté, Jason Fuller, Kim Emery

PATH 2017

Lab members attending the 2017 McGill PATH conference. Left to right: Maxana Weiss, Michelle Caron, Chen Yang, Jason Bouffard, Chris Bailey, Zack Webber

PATH 2018

Lab members attending the 2018 McGill PATH conference. Left to right: Chen Yang, Jason Bouffard, Julie Côté, Maxana Weiss, Chris Bailey

PATH 2019

Lab members attending the 2019 McGill PATH conference. Left to right: Genevieve Gill, Matt Slopecki, Lily Dong, Andrew Yoon, Chris Bailey, Julie Côté, Chen Yang.

 

News

Congratulations to Lily for being honoured with Marlet Foundation award!

 

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

  • Twitter: @ProfCote
  • Instagram: @bosmcgill

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

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

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