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Christian Larivière / Senior professional researcher

B.Sc. Physical Activity; M.Sc. Kinanthropology; Ph.D. Clinical Sciences.


A physical educator by training, Christian Larivière completed his doctoral studies in clinical sciences at Université de Sherbrooke in 1998. He had a post-doctoral fellowship in biomedical sciences from 1998 to 2000 at Université de Montréal and has been a biomechanics researcher at the IRSST since 2001. His main research interests are the development of tools for assessing neuromuscular functions of the trunk and of interventions for improving lumbar spine stability in worker populations with low back pain. He is also interested in the relationship between certain psychological factors associated with chronic pain and (1) neuromuscular responses, (2) physical activity, and (3) adherence to treatment. He has published over 80 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Back and neck/shoulder pain
  • Neuromuscular deficiencies of the trunk: strength and muscle fatigue, lumbar proprioception, anticipatory postural adjustments, reflex responses, postural balance, coordination of the superficial and deep muscles of the trunk (by electromyography and ultrasonography respectively).
  • Occupational rehabilitation
  • Exercise programs, lumbar belts
  • Certain work tasks: load handling and computer work
  • Measurement techniques associated with the study of biomechanics and motor control: dynamometry, surface electromyography, 3D kinematics, and ultrasonic imaging

Professional orders and other affiliations


  • Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal Métropolitain (CRIR), Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM), Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Ile-de-Montréal (CCSMTL) – pavillon de l’Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal (IRGLM)


  • Laboratoire d’évaluation des fonctions neuromusculaires du tronc

Associate Professor

  • École de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke