Current Studies

Research findings from the laboratory are used to improve our understanding of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, as well as develop new treatment approaches. To find more information on a particular research study, please view the outlines and general eligibility criteria below. If you are interested in taking part in a research study in the lab, please click the respective study links below.

1) Effects of Running on Cartilage – Pilot Study Females neededParticipants Needed

Overview: Physical activity is widely advocated as an important treatment approach for knee osteoarthritis (OA). While many studies have been conducted on young healthy individuals, little is known about the effects of running in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

Objectives: To assess changes in knee cartilage before and after a period of running, and to compare cartilage behavior in runners with and without OA.

For more information about participating in this study and to register your interest, click here.

2) Shoe-worn Orthotic Insoles and Walking Biomechanics Participants Needed

Overview: Orthotic insoles are often prescribed for those with lower limb pain or pathology to modify walking patterns. Different varieties of orthotic insoles have varying effects on walking mechanics and comfort but more information on how these responses may differ based on individual characteristics is needed.

Objectives: To assess differences in walking biomechanics and self-reported comfort between different orthotic insoles, and to identify individual characteristics that may be used in predicting mechanical responses to specific orthotic insole interventions.

We are currently recruiting individuals with high-arched feet. For more information about participating in this study and to register your interest, click here.

3) Perception of Running and Knee Joint Health Survey Participants Needed

Overview: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of long-term disability in Canada. It results in chronic pain and activity limitations, and eventually decreased quality of life. Physical activity has been widely recognized as an important treatment approach for this condition. However, little is known about the effects of running, a very popular activity among the general population, on knee joint health in the presence of OA. Further, nothing is known about people’s perception of the effect of running on joint health. This information is important in order to develop appropriate clinical guidelines for physical activity.

Objectives: To evaluate the perception of running as an appropriate activity for maintaining knee joint health among runners and non-runners, those with and without knee OA, and health professionals.

We are currently recruiting individuals 40 years of age and older as well as health professionals of any age. For more information about participating in this study and to register your interest, click here.