Research platform for studying the characterization of muscular strength: A multidimensional process

Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Area(s) of Expertise

The purpose of the research platform is to increase understanding of mechanisms that contribute to the loss of muscular strength, mobility and autonomy during ageing. The research platform team has developed a high level of expertise in the study of muscle function, using cutting-edge techniques to measure mobility, body composition, and muscle strength and quality. The proposed program includes inter-sector projects that generate results in terms of both fundamental and applied research.  By developing non-pharmacological action programs for seniors (exercise and nutrition), we create projects that can have a direct impact on the population. More specifically, the identification of mechanisms and risk factors behind loss of muscle function with age, as well as actions and environments with a positive impact on the maintaining of functional capabilities, helps maintain autonomy during ageing. Thanks to cooperation with players in various sectors (community, private, public health, university), this new platform will enable the deployment of essential, innovative research for preventing physical incapacities and, ultimately, increase the length of time that people are in good health and help them remain self-sufficient members of their community.

What the facility does

Research in the areas of muscle function, functional capabilities and mobility

Research Services

Clinical assessment procedures, Analytical procedures

Sectors of Application
  • Health care and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of equipment

Description of function

XCT-3000 peripheral computed tomograph (CT scan unit), made by Stratec Medizintechnik, Germany

Used to measure muscle architecture (i.e., muscle volume and muscle adipose tissue)

Nottingham leg extensor power rig

Used to measure explosive muscle strength

GAITRite gait analysis system

Used to measure mobility (pace)

Training room

Fully equipped training room supervised by kinesiologists, enabling the creation of physical activity programs validated as part of research projects

GE Prodigy Lunar dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) system

Used to measure three components of body composition: bone mass, lean body mass and body fat

SonoSite portable ultrasound system

Used to measure pennation angle and fibre length, for muscular architecture studies

Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE) Biodex

Used to measure dynamic and isometric strength

  • The YMCAs of Québec
  • Lactalis