IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Development of an ambulatory method for estimating back loading: integration of back kinetics and surface electromyography


Back pain is a favoured research issue because the exact mechanisms that cause it are not well known. Back loadings, as well as their accumulation, can provide relevant information for a better understanding of the appearance of back pain and its prevention.

The objective of this study is to design and validate an ambulatory method for estimating back loading by integrating the electromyographic signals of a minimum number of back muscles into the kinematic information obtained using the posture dosimeter recently developed by the IRSST’s biomechanical laboratory.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-6500
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2016
  • Alain Delisle (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • André Plamondon (IRSST)
  • Denis Gagnon (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Christian Larivière (IRSST)
  • François Michaud (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Jean Rouat (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Hakim Mecheri (IRSST)
  • Christian Larue (IRSST)
  • Pierre Desjardins (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Denis Choquet (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Pierre Drouin (IRSST)