Dr. Aaron Kociolek

office: AC201-B
email: aaronk@nipissingu.ca
phone: + 1 (705) 474 3450 x 4211

BSc (Hons), Laurentian University;
MSc, McMaster University;
PhD, McMaster University

Areas of Specialization:

​Biomechanics and Ergonomics

Research Interests:

General: Occupational biomechanics, Ergonomics, Neuromuscular control, Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, Injury prevention

Specific: Wrist and hand biomechanics, Pathomechanics, Injury mechanisms, Sensorimotor function, Ergonomic assessment methods, Workplace interventions

Methods: Surface and fine wire electromyography, Motion capture, CyberGlove, Ultrasound imaging, Computer modelling, Cadaver tissue testing

Current & Future Research:

​Lab-Based Research:

  • Quantifying tendon motion and shear in the carpal tunnel;
  • Defining normative wrist and hand metrics for functional capacity evaluation;
  • Developing a realistic hand model with motion capture;
  • Validating the CyberGlove III during realistic work simulation;
  • Sensorimotor adaptations during physically and cognitively demanding work with simultaneous exposure to whole-body vibration

Field-Based Research:

  • Ergonomic assessment of hand-held needle versus needle-free injectors for medicine and vaccine delivery in the Canadian Pork Industry;
  • 6-axis measurement of head/neck vibration while operating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

Current Research Funding:

  1. Development of a comprehensive toolkit for evaluating workplace musculoskeletal injury interventions: swine injection technologies. 2016–2018. Funded by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba for $100,000.00 (Role: Co-Investigator).
  2. The combined effects of whole body vibration and fatiguing tasks on human performance: addressing risk factors for vehicle collisions. 2016–2017. Funding from the College of Medicine Research Award, University of Saskatchewan for $28,592.00 (Role: Co-Investigator).

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