Musculoskeletal disorders are the single most common reason why people miss work. Even though we have gained a better understanding over the years of how work can contribute to injuries, work-related upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders are still common. But our ability to understand what causes them is hindered by the complexity of the biomechanical and neural circuitry that underlie human movement.
Dr. Michael Holmes, Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics, is trying to gain insights into these issues. He and his research team are using an interdisciplinary approach to understand how the muscular and nervous systems accomplish workplace demands. Their research will enhance our understanding of how upper-extremity injuries develop. It will also lead to safer work practices.