Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory (OBEL)


The mission of the OBEL laboratory is to further basic knowledge of the mechanisms of wounds and musculoskeletal disorders and to develop applied knowledge about training and rehabilitation with a view to reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The laboratory is equipped with sophisticated systems for motion sensing, wireless recording for muscular activity, strength platforms and force, pressure and blood flow measuring devices, and, more recently, ultrasound, infrared spectroscopy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. This leading-edge technology allows us to conduct research into the coping mechanisms for fatigue in relation to repetitive tasks, identification of chronicity risk factors such as work posture, and application of knowledge about ergonomics in order to optimize production and reduce the risk of injuries related to repetitive tasks (industries, sports, music). The OBEL laboratory is also interested in personal factors that may impact motor function such as age and sex, in an aim to better understand their effects on health and quality of life, and better adapt our approaches to training and musculoskeletal and functional rehabilitation. The OBEL laboratory collaborates with different laboratories throughout the world as well as with industrial partners in order to optimize the exchange and application of knowledge especially in clinical, sports and work environments.


Fatigue, posture, neck-shoulder musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomics, biomechanics, kinesiology



Axis and research theme

AXIS 1 – Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities
THEME 1 – Functional Mechanisms

Research team

Julie N. Côté, Ph.D.

Contact information

C  [email protected]

OBEL Laboratory

CRIR–Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
CISSS de Laval
3205, Alton-Goldbloom Place
Laval QC H7V 1R2