B.C. Matthews Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 35513
Dr. Joel Cort's basic research focuses on examining the mechanics of human articular joints with the emphasis of his work on the lumbar spine and the knee joints. Specifically, combining human anatomy, mechanical and motor control principles, he is interested in understanding joint stability, with the ultimate goal of joint injury prevention. To aid him in his research he utilizes electromyography recordings, three dimensional motion capture, robotics and biomechanical mathematical modeling to determine the level of joint safety during various joint motions. Dr. Cort's overall ambition of injury prevention has also directed his applied occupational biomechanics research focus. He continues to have the great pleasure of working with automotive industry leaders in an effort to reduce musculoskeletal injuries during the assembly of automobiles. In particular, he has been part of a research team that has developed threshold limit values (TLVs) for specific upper extremity intensive tasks that are integrated into automotive design specifications.