Shawn Robbins

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Shawn Robbins
Contact Information

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Labs: Clinical Integration of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (CLIMB)Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG)


514-398-4400 ext 00720
Fax number: 
Email address: 
shawn.robbins [at]
Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

BSc (PT) University of Western Ontario; PhD (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) UWO; Post-Doctoral fellowship (School of Physiotherapy) Dalhousie University.


Teaching areas: 

Introduction to Biomechanics in Rehabilitation Sciences (POTH 225)


Current research: 

Prof. Robbins' research utilizes biomechanical and clinical measures to assess orthopaedic health conditions and the treatment of these conditions in both clinical and laboratory settings. Additionally, he conducts research in the area of sports biomechanics, including ice hockey, soccer, and water polo.

Research Areas: 

  • orthopaedics
  • biomechanics
  • gait
  • osteoarthritis
  • joint replacement
  • anterior cruciate ligament
  • physical therapy
  • sport biomechanics
  • ice hockey
  • soccer
Professional activities: 
  • Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain
  • Associate Member, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University
  • Affiliate Member, PERFORM Centre
Selected publications: 


  • Robbins SM, Gomes S, Huk OL, Zukor DJ, Antoniou J (2020). The influence of lateral and posterior total hip arthroplasty approaches on muscle activation on joint mechanics during gait. Journal of Arthroplasty, 35(7):1891-1899. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2020.02.037.
  • Tanaka S, Tamari K, Amano T, Robbins SM, Inoue Y, Tanaka R (2020). Self-reported physical activity is related to muscle strength on the unaffected side and walking ability in patients with knee osteoarthritis awaiting total knee arthroplasty: A cross sectional study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Epub. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1768457.
  • Tanaka S, Robbins SM, Inoue Y, Tanaka R (2020). Factors associated with health-related quality of life in Japanese patients with hip osteoarthritis: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Orthopaedics, Trauma, and Rehabilitation. Epub. doi: 10.1177/2210491720921183.
  • Tanaka S, Tamari K, Amano T, Uchida S, Robbins S, Miura Y (2020). Do sociodemographic factors relate to walking ability in individuals who underwent total knee arthroplasty? Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 43(3), E11-E15. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000229.
  • Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Kidd J, Lynch G, Supp G, Robbins SM (2019). When is an extremity problem not an extremity problem? A study exploring the prevalence of Extremity Pain of Spinal Source (EXPOSS). Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 28(4), 222-230. doi: 10.1080/10669817.2019.1661706.
  • Robbins SM, Cossette-Levasseur M, Kikuchi K, Sarjeant J, Shiu YG, Azar C, Hazel EM (2019). Neuromuscular activation differences during gait in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and healthy adults. Arthritis Care & Research. Epub. doi: 10.1002/acr.24067.
  • Robbins SM, Raymond N, Abram F, Pelletier JP, Martel-Pelletier J (2019). The effect of alignment on knee osteoarthritis progression differs based on anterior cruciate ligament status: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Clinical Rheumatology, 38(12), 3557-3566. doi: 10.1007/s10067-019-04759-z.
  • Ippersiel P, Preuss R, Robbins SM (2019). The effects of data padding techniques on continuous relative phase analysis using the Hilbert-transform. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 35(4), 247-255. doi: 10.1123/jab.2018-0396.
  • Robbins SM, Morelli M, Martineau PA, St-Onge N, Boily M, Dimentberg R, Antoniou J (2019). A comparison of muscle activation and knee mechanics during gait between patients with non-traumatic and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 27(7), 1033-1042. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2019.02.798.
  • Robbins SM, Abram F, Boily M, Pelletier JP, Martel-Pelletier J (2019). Relationship between alignment and cartilage thickness in patients with non-traumatic and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 27(4), 630-637. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2019.01.002.
  • Dixon PC, Gomes S, Preuss R, Robbins SM (2018). Muscular co-contraction is related to varus thrust in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Clinical Biomechanics, 60, 164-169. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.10.021.
  • Ippersiel P, Robbins S, Preuss R (2018). Movement variability in adults with low back pain during sit-to-stand-to-sit. Clinical Biomechanics, 58, 90-95. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.07.011.
  • Lam OT, Strenger DM, Chan-Fee M, Pham PT, Preuss RA, Robbins SM (2018). Effectiveness of the McKenzie Method for low back pain: Literature review with meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 48(6), 476-490. doi:10.2519/jospt.2018.7562.
  • Robbins SM, Caplan RM, Aponte DI, St-Onge N (2017). Test-retest reliability of a balance testing protocol with external perturbations in healthy adults. Gait & Posture, 58, 433-439. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.09.007.
  • Applebaum EV, Breton D, Wei Feng Z, Ta AT, Walsh K, Chassé K, Robbins SM (2017). A modified 30-second sit to stand test predicts falls in institutionalized older adults. PLOS One, 12(5), e0176946. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176946.
  • Willis S, Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Robbins SM (2017). Inter-rater reliability of the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the examination of the knee. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 25(2), 83-90. doi:10.1080/10669817.2016.1229396
  • Robbins SM, Teoli A, Preuss R (2016). Mechanical and neuromuscular changes with lateral trunk lean gait modifications. Gait & Posture, 49, 252-257. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.07.017
  • Robbins SM, Birmingham TB, Jones IC, Sischek EL, Dietzsch M, Giffin JR (2016). Comparison of gait characteristics between patients with non-traumatic and post-traumatic medial knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 68(9), 1215-1223. doi: 10.1002/acr.22822.
  • Maly MR, Robbins SM (2014). Osteoarthritis year in review 2014: Rehabilitation and outcomes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 22(12),1958-1988.
  • Robbins SM, Rastogi R, Howard J, Rosedale R (2014). Comparison of measurement properties of the P4 pain scale and disease specific pain measures in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 22(6), 805-812.
  • Rosedale R, Rastogi R, May S, Chesworth B, Filice F, Willis S, Howard J, Naudie D, Robbins SM (2014). Efficacy of the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 44(3), 173-181.
  • Robbins SM, Astephen-Wilson JL, Rutherford DJ, Hubley-Kozey CL (2013). Reliability of principal components and discrete parameters of knee angle and moment gait waveforms in individuals with moderate knee osteoarthritis. Gait & Posture, 38(3), 421-427.
  • Hubley-Kozey CL, Robbins SM, Rutherford DJ, Stanish WE (2013). Reliability of surface electromyographic recordings during walking in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(2), 334-341.
  • Maly MR, Robbins SM, Stratford PW, Birmingham TB, Callaghan JP (2013). Cumulative knee adductor load distinguishes between healthy and osteoarthritic knees-A proof of principle study. Gait & Posture, 37(3), 397-401.


  • Mazurek C, Pearsall D, Renaud P, Robbins SM (2020). Differences in inter-segment coordination between high- and low calibre ice hockey players during forward skating. Sports Biomechanics. Epub. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2020.1797151.
  • Budarick AR, Shell JR, Robbins SM, Wu T, Renaud P, Pearsall D (2020). Ice hockey skating sprints: run to glide mechanics of high caliber male and female athletes. Sports Biomechanics, 19(5): 601-617. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2018.1503323.
  • Robbins SM, Bodnar C, Donatien P, Mirza R, Zhao ZY, Hoeber S, Naidu D, Redelmeier A, Steele RJ, Shrier I (2019). The influence of time on injury rates and the epidemiology of Canadian football injuries. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Epub. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000824.
  • Liu K, Aponte DI, Greencorn DJ, Robbins SM, Pearsall DJ (2019). Are headforms a poor surrogate for helmet fit? Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 234(2), 109-124. doi: 10.1177/1754337119882836.
  • Liu K, Greencorn DJ, Aponte DI, Robbins SM, Pearsall DJ (2019). Comparison of surrogate 50th percentile human headforms to an adult male sample using three-dimensional modeling and principal component analysis. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 233(3), 432-442. doi: 10.1177/1754337119840848.
  • Robbins SM, Renaud PJ, Pearsall DJ (2018). Principal component analysis identifies differences in ice hockey skating stride between high and low caliber players. Sports Biomechanics. Epub. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2018.1524510.
  • Shell JR, Robbins SM, Dixon PC, Renaud PJ, Turcotte RA, Wu TT, Pearsall DJ (2017). Skating propulsion: Three-dimensional kinematic analysis of high calibre male and female ice hockey players. Sports Biomechanics, 16(3), 313-324. doi:10.1080/14763141.2017.1306095.
  • Renaud PJ, Robbins SM, Dixon PC, Shell JR, Turcotte RA, Pearsall DJ (2017). Ice hockey skate starts: A comparison of high and low caliber skaters. Sports Engineering, 20(4), 255-266. doi: 10.1007/s12283-017-0227-0.
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