Biomechanics/Ergonomics

Biomechanics/Ergonomics

Program of Study

The graduate program in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University presents the student with the opportunity for in-depth study in functional anatomy and the mechanics of human movement. The master's of science program consists of a minimum of four one-term graduate level courses. Some courses may be taken from a related discipline, such as anatomy, mechanical engineering rehabilitation therapy, or computer science. Under the guidance of a thesis supervisor, students complete a comprehensive study in an area of biomechanics in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School. Doctoral students complete two one-term graduate level courses, comprehensive examination, and write and orally defend their thesis.

Facilities and Equipment

The biomechanics section of the exercise science laboratories located at 28 Division Street consist of a large multi-use laboratory with group and individual research areas, a film digitization room, photographic dark-room, computer room, and an audio-visual film studio. A separate graduate and faculty research area has a large laboratory for data collection and two rooms that are attached and used predominantly by graduate students working on projects. In addition to these facilities is a strength testing room, with a computerized strength testing and exercise module (Kin / Com), and a full equipped posture and anthropometric laboratory. The software and technical support is exceptional in order to support unique and varied student interests. Equipment used within these facilities consist of high speed 16 mm cameras, video recorder display and analysis systems, digitizer, photographic analysis software, both hardware and telemetric electromyographic units, large force platform, digital scopes, three dimensional electromagnetic systems, A/D converters, accelerometers, velocity gauges, and other assorted smaller items normally found in biomechanics laboratories.

Research Focus

The current research interests of the faculty in the program include

  1. studies in the physical properties of the trunk, modeling of spinal-pelvis complex, muscular strength balance, human morphometrics, and human body mechanics,
  2. ergonomics of manual materials handling development of computerized biomechanical models for industry and mechanical loading on the back during lifting tasks,
  3. analyses of normal locomotion, the pathological gait of stroke patients and cerebral palsy children, and electromyographical and computer modelling of human motion.
  4. research and development of an advanced personal load carriage system

M.Sc. thesis topics by graduands of the program have involved the biomechanics of sport skills, the use of electromyography and cinematography to study normal and handicapped athletes, gait, programs of posture, the biomechanics of lifting, and forces and torques at the knee. Opportunity is provided for students to select a topic of study for approval from a variety of areas in biomechanics.

Faculty Research Interests

Steven Fischer, Ph.D. (Queen's) Assistant Professor, School of KHS

Joan M. Stevenson, Ph.D. (Minnesota) Professor, School of KHS Occupational Biomechanics as it relates to manual materials handling; selection standards; ergonomic analysis of work stations; mechanical loading on the back.

Patrick Costigan, Ph.D. (Queen's) Associate Professor, School of KHS. Clinical biomechanics specializing in lower limb mechanics and the relationships amoung disability, task demand and performance.

James T. Bryant, Ph.D. (Queen's) Cross-Appointment with Mechanical Engineering Dynamics of the human body, specializing in measurement of the musculoskeletal system; research focus on joint mechanics and ergonomics.

Information

For further information contact
Graduate Coordinator

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
SKHS Building
28 Division Street, KHS 206
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Tel:  613-533-6000 x2666
Fax: 613-533-2009

Biomechanics Research Group Website