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Research

Research & Projects

Dr. Shrawan Kumar had 30 years of research experience in various capacities ranging from post-doctoral fellow to full professor. Most of the projects carried out are listed below:

List of Projects

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Edmonton:
Joint motion and stress analysis during lifting
Stress contours of the human trunk
Spinal mechanics in selected pathological conditions
Low back pain among some health professionals
Dynamic Strength Testing
Dynamic EMG characteristics
Strength characteristics of severed, sutured and healing fascia and ligaments
Low back pain among institutional aides
Functional evaluation of the human back
Static and dynamic strength
Evaluation of rakes and raking
Biomechanical parameters of spinal musculature determined through CT scans
Energy cost of lifting
Mechanics of axial rotation of the human trunk
Posture perception
Effort perception
Posture deviation and its cognition among low back pain patients
Impairment and disability
Mechanism of back instability due to muscular fatigue
The role of intra-abdominal pressure in the mechanics of the human back
Cumulative trauma disorders in the garment industry
Margin of safety for the human back
Force and EMG relationship with changing dynamic task
Biomechanical modelling of the human back
Symmetric and asymmetric lifting strength
Cumulative stress as a risk factor for low back pain
Stair-chair client transfer on and off planes
Low-back pain among field hockey players
Scheme of disability evaluation
Functional assessment of the human back
Invention of back testing devices
Axial rotation of the trunk
Overexertion and occupational injury
EMG signature of painful muscles
Analysis of Imaging Tasks
Physical demands analysis in forestry and manufacturing
Whiplash causation
Upper extremity
Neutral zone
EMG
Keyboards and training
Spinal mobilization
TMJ Co-morbidity with whiplash
Neutral zone with low back pain
Intra-articular pressure in rheumatoid joints
Effectiveness of spinal bracing

Grants Held

1. Kumar, S, Zuniga, J. And Throckmorton, G. TMJ diagnosis through EMG. Oral & Maxillofascial Surgery Foundation. $75,000. March 2009-February 2010.
2. Shrawan Kumar-NSERC, 2006, Low back pain : Rotational component $ 19,900
3. Troy Jones and Shrawan Kumar, PhD Studentship CIHR, $124,5000
4. Troy Jones and Shrawan Kumar, PhD Studentship AHFMR $43,000
5. Fagarasanu, M and Shrawan Kumar, PhD Studentship AHFMR $43,000
6. Fagarasanu, M and Shrawan Kumar, PhD Studentship Killiam Trust
7. Troy Jones and Shrawan Kumar, PhD Studentship, Killiam Trust $2,000
8. Collaborative Heath Research Grant, EMG Signature of MSI – NSERC 2002-2005 ($198,000)
9. Equipment Grant – NSERC, 2002-2003 ($21,640)
10. Operating Grant – University of Alberta, 2002 ($5,000)
11. Operating Grant, Overexertion and Occupational Injuries: – NSERC, 2001-2006 ($165,000)
12. Operating Grant, Indices of Muscle Fatigue – SAS Funds, University of Alberta, 2001 ($5,000)
13. Equipment Grant – NSERC, 1999 ($51,341)
14. Health Effects of Vibration on Heavy Truck Drivers – Syncrude, 1998 ($43,000)
15. Whiplash Injuries – SAS Funds, University of Alberta, 1998 ($5,000)
16. Spinal Mobilizer – Prototype Development Initiative – ILO, University of Alberta,1997 ($25,000)
17. Low-Back Pain in RCMP Officers – Research contract ($20,000)
18. Generalized and Localized Recovery after Industrial Tasks – NSERC, 1996-2001 ($135,000)
19. Trunk Functional Rotation Characteristics – University of Alberta, CRF, 1995 ($5,000)
20. Load – Recovery Balance – NSERC, 1993-1996 ($73,500)
21. Capital Equipment – Peak Supplement – NSERC, 1993 ($26,967)
22. Spinal Mobilization – University of Alberta, SAS Funds, 1993 ($3,070) – Capital Equipment – Force Platform – NSERC, 1992 ($22,418)
23. Technology Transfer in Ergonomics – NSERC – CRF, University of Alberta, 1992 ($8,000)
24. The Strength and Mechanics of Trunk Rotation: Implications for Low-Back Pain: MRC, 1991-1994 ($133,000)
25. Spinal Laxity and Neutral Zone in Axial Rotation – SAS Funds, 1991 ($4,695)
26. Summer Studentship – Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 1990 ($4000)
27. Portable Recording System – Capital equipment grant, NSERC, 1990 ($35,950)
28. Restriction to Access and Space in Palletizing Tasks – NSERC, 1990 – 1993 ($39,000)
29. The Role of Intra-Abdominal Pressure in Trunk Mechanics – MRC, 1988 – 1990 ($110,000)
30. Low-Back Pain Among Field Hockey Players – SAS Funds, University of Alberta, 1988 – 1989 ($5,000)
31. Low-Back Pain Among Institutional Aides – SAS Funds, University of Alberta, 1987 – 1988 ($5,000)
32. Computerized Data Acquisition – NSERC, 1986 ($ 6,377)
33. Static and Dynamic Strength – NSERC, 1986 – 1989 ($37,500)
34. Functional Evaluation of Human Back – WCB Alberta, 1986 – 1990 ($225,000)
35. Biomechanical Analysis of Manual Tasks – NRC IRAP Program, 1985 – 1987 ($15,200)
36. Dynamic Strength Testing – CRF MRF, University of Alberta, 1984 – 1985 ($ 8,500)
37. Stress Contours of the Human Trunk – NSERC, 1982 – 1985, ($36,000)
38. Capital Equipment Digitizer – University of Alberta, 1981 ($2,842)
39. Capital Equipment Digitizer – NSERC, 1981 ($11,085)
40. Joint Motion and Stress Analysis – NSERC, 1980 ($4,000)
41. Joint Motion and Stress Analysis – University of Alberta, 1980 ($2,130)
42. Energy Consideration of Weight Lifting – University of Alberta, 1979 ($1,500)
43. Stress Contours of Human Trunk – University of Alberta, 1977 ($ 1,500)

Joint

1. Analysis of Vocational Hazards to X-ray Technicians – WCB Alberta, 2000-2001 ($33,000)
2. Intra-Articular Pressure in Rheumatoid Joints – Ministry of Health, Ontario, 1975-77 ($59,000)
3. Effectiveness of Spinal Bracing – Ministry of Health, Ontario, 1975-77 ($28,900)