Spine Biomechanics & Neuromuscular Control Laboratory


  1. UNDERSTAND the basic principles governing the control of spine movement in complex biological scenarios (i.e., pain, fatigue, compromised sensory feedback).
  2. IMPROVE objective tracking of motor function using novel measures and biomechanical models.
  3. STREAMLINE clinical and performance related workflows through the use of data-driven objective scoring criteria.
  4. OPTIMIZE patient and athlete motor performance using principles of sensorimotor training.


  • New Online Study Recruitment!

    Written by: Carl Alano (MSc Student) With lower back pain (LBP) being a very common disorder, affecting over 500 million people annually across the globe. Majority of these cases (up to 90%) are classified as ‘non-specific’, meaning that the pain cannot be attributed to any specific injury or pathology. However, recent research suggests a linkContinue…

  • Dear Back Pain, why are you Here?

    Author: Hannah McMaster Hannah McMaster’s current research project alongside Aurora Battis concerns the phenomenon of why some individuals develop low back pain (LBP) when standing for extended periods of time, and why some individuals do not. Throughout the day the body is undergoing changes caused by natural shifts in mechanical demands over a day-night cycleContinue…

  • Brock Biomechanics 2nd Place in 2022 XSens Biomechanics Challenge!

    How can we use wearable sensors to objectively assess symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease? This was the question Brock University Graduate Students aimed to address during in the 2022 XSens Biomechanics Challenge. This year’s team of Tiffany Hsu, Aurora Battis, Vanessa Yuan, and Jarrett Norrie built on the success of last years team to develop novelContinue…

  • Brock Spine Lab Attending NACOB 2022!!

    This year the Brock Spine Biomechanics and Neuromuscular Control Lab will be attending the North American Congress on Biomechanics, in Ottawa Ontario! Collectively we will be showcasing the following accepted abstracts: Wator, J*., Battis, A., Vellucci, C., Beaudette, S.M. The acute effects of kinesio-taping on trunk muscle activation in rowing athletes (POSTER). Alano C.*, Vellucci,Continue…

The Spine Biomechanics & Neuromuscular Control Lab is directed by Dr. Shawn Beaudette at Brock University

What we do

We aim to optimize motor rehabilitation and performance using data-driven approaches rooted in biomechanics and neurophysiology.

An aerial view of the Brock University campus on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment

Contact Information

Brock University

Dept. Kinesiology

Niagara Region

1812 Sir. Isaac Brock Way

St. Catharines ON, CAN

L2S 3A1

Phone: +1 (905) 688-5550 x6687

Email: sbeaudette [at] brocku.ca

People & Education

Learn more about the Spine Biomechanics & Neuromuscular Control Lab. Get to know who we are and what drives us! Read student bios and hear about their exciting research projects taking place within the lab and elsewhere!


Browse through a list of our peer-reviewed work. These include our peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and other items like conference proceedings, abstracts and technical reports. Access items by following the links provided!

Current Research

What have we been up to in the lab recently? Follow along with our study updates and blog posts to hear about new projects, recruitment initiatives, conferences and publications stemming from our work in the lab!