Shawn Robbins

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Labs: Clinical Integration of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (CLIMB)Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG)


514-398-4400 ext 00720
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Email address: 
shawn.robbins [at]
Assistant Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain

BSc (PT) University of Western Ontario; PhD (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) UWO; Post-Doctoral fellowship (School of Physiotherapy) Dalhousie University.


Teaching areas: 

Introduction to Biomechanics in Rehabilitation Sciences


Current research: 

Dr. Robbins' research utilizes biomechanical and clinical measures to assess orthopaedic health conditions in both clinical and laboratory settings. He also examines interventions used to treat these conditions. Additionally, he examines the mechanics of ice hockey skating and shooting.

Research Areas: 

anterior cruciate ligamen
physical therapy

Professional activities: 

Associate Member, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University
Affiliate Member, PERFORM Centre
Adjunct Research Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Western University

Selected publications: 

Shell JR, Robbins SM, Dixon PC, Renaud PJ, Turcotte RA, Wu TT, Pearsall DJ. Skating propulsion: Three-dimensional kinematic analysis of high calibre male and female ice hockey players. Sports Biomechanics. In press. 

Renaud PJ, Robbins SM, Dixon PC, Shell JR, Turcotte RA, Pearsall DJ (2017). Ice hockey skate starts: A comparison of high and low caliber skaters. Sports Engineering. Epub. doi:10.1007/s12283-017-0227-0.

Willis S, Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Robbins SM (2016). Inter-rater reliability of the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the examination of the knee. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. Epub.

Robbins SM, Teoli A, Preuss R (2016). Mechanical and neuromuscular changes with lateral trunk lean gait modifications. Gait & Posture, 49, 252-257.

Le Berre M, Apap D, Babcock J, Bray S, Gareau E, Chassé K, Lévesque N, Robbins SM (2016). The psychometric properties of a modified sit-to-stand with the use of the upper extremities for an institutionalized geriatric population. Perceptual and Motor Skills. Epub. doi: 10.1177/0031512516653388.

Robbins SM, Birmingham TB, Jones IC, Sischek EL, Dietzsch M, Giffin JR (2015). A comparison of gait characteristics between patients with non-traumatic and post-traumatic medial knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. Epub. doi: 10.1002/acr.22822.

Maly MR, Robbins SM. (2014) Osteoarthritis year in review 2014: Rehabilitation and outcomes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 22(12): 1958-1988.

Robbins SM, Rastogi R, Howard J and Rosedale R. (2014). Comparison of measurement properties of the P4 pain scale and disease specific pain measures in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 22(6): 805-812.

Rosedale R, Rastogi R, May S, Chesworth B, Filice F, Willis S, Howard J, Naudie D and Robbins SM. (2014). Efficacy of the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 44(3): 173-181.

Robbins SM, Rastogi R and McLaughlin TL. (2014). Predicting acute recovery of physical function following total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty, 29(2): 299-303.

Robbins SM, Jones GR, Birmingham TB and Maly M. (2013). Quantity and quality of physical activity are influenced by outdoor temperature in people with knee osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Canada, 65(3): 248-254.

Robbins SM, Astephen-Wilson JL, Rutherford DJ and Hubley-Kozey CL. (2013). Reliability of principal components and discrete parameters of knee angle and moment gait waveforms in individuals with moderate knee osteoarthritis. Gait & Posture, 38(3): 421-427.

Hubley-Kozey CL, Robbins SM, Rutherford DJ and Stanish WE. (2013). Reliability of surface electromyographic recordings during walking in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(2): 334-341.

Maly MR, Robbins SM, Stratford PW, Birmingham TB and Callaghan JP. (2013). Cumulative knee adductor load distinguishes between healthy and osteoarthritic knees: A proof of principle study. Gait & Posture, 37(3): 397-401.

Alcock GK, Werstine MS, Robbins SM and Stratford PW. (2012). Longitudinal changes in the Lower Extremity Functional Scale following anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 22(3): 234-9.

Robbins SM, Birmingham TB, Callaghan JP, Jones GR, Chesworth BM and Maly MR. (2011). Association of pain with frequency and magnitude of knee loading in osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 63(7): 991-7.

Robbins SM, Clark JM and Maly MR. (2011). Longitudinal gait and strength changes prior to and following an anterior cruciate ligament rupture and surgical reconstruction: a case report. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 41(3): 191-9,

Robbins SM and Maly MR. (2009). The effect of gait speed on the knee adduction moment depends on the waveform summary measures. Gait & Posture, 30(4): 543-6.

Robbins SM, Birmingham TB, Jones GR, Callaghan JP and Maly MR. (2009). Developing an estimate of daily cumulative loading for the knee: Examining test-retest reliability. Gait & Posture, 30(4): 497-501.