Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital

Occupational Biomechanics & Ergonomics

The Research Unit on Occupational Biomechanics & Ergonomics is dedicated to both research and functional assessments of deficits for individuals suffering from neck and/or upper limb symptoms. Streams of research include understanding the mechanisms of repetitive motion-induced fatigue and musculoskeletal injuries affecting both posture and repetitive tasks, identifying biophysical and psychosocial factors related to musculoskeletal injury chronicity and rehabilitation outcomes. Findings can be applied to optimize production and avoid injury in occupational settings involving arm repetitive tasks such as those found in work industries, music performance and sports.

The research unit benefits from ongoing collaborations with a variety of Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital clinical programs such as the PEDIP interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation and return to work

List of current projects

  • Prognostic factors of chronicity in whiplash-associated disorders (WAD)
  • Physical and functional characteristics associated with WAD
  • Effects of various training and rehabilitation modalities on symptoms associated with WAD

Dr. Julie N. Côté

  • Effects of occupational neck-shoulder disorders on movement coordination and postural stability in repetitive movements of the upper limb
  • Influence of upper arm fatigue on postural stability and posture-movement coordination while performing a repetitive upper limb task
  • Effects of repetitive arm motion-induced fatigue on arm and whole-body proprioception characteristics
  • Effects of popular postural training approaches (e.g. Pilates, Alexander technique) on neck-shoulder posture and movement in healthy people and others with neck-shoulder pain
  • Seated vs. standing work: laboratory and workplace methods to analyze and implement ergonomic recommendations
  • Sex differences in muscular and posture-movement patterns associated with fatigue and neck-shoulder musculoskeletal injuries