Dr. Joel Cort

Joel Cort

Associate Professor

Email: cortj@uwindsor.ca
Phone : (519) 253 - 3000 ext:4980
Office: H.K. Building Room 138

Biomechanics, Human Factors & Ergonomics

B.A. (Honours), Wilfrid Laurier University, Kinesiology & Physical Education, 2001.
M.H.K., University of Windsor, Occupational Biomechanics, 2004.
Ph.D., McMaster University, Biomechanics, 2011.


Joel Cort’s basic research focuses on examining the mechanics of human articular joints with the emphasis of his work on the lumbar spine and the knee joints, specifically, combining human anatomy, mechanical and motor control principles. He is interested in understanding joint stability, with the ultimate goal of joint injury prevention. To aid him in his research, he utilizes electromyography recordings, three dimensional motion capture, robotics and biomechanical mathematical modeling to determine the level of joint safety, during various joint motions. His overall ambition of injury prevention has also directed his applied occupational biomechanics research focus. He continues to derive great pleasure in working with automotive industry leaders in an effort to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, during the assembly of automobiles. Joel loves to golf, when he can, and is an avid professional football fan.

Areas of Research Interest


  • Muscular reflex contribution to joint stability
  • Joint movement mechanics
  • Architecture of spinal musculature
  • Ergonomic threshold tolerance limits
  • Biomechanical modeling

Recent Research Funding

  • Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)
    • Trunk muscular response following inertial-based perturbations with and without exposure to whole body vibration: Potential implications for vehicle-related injuries.

Key Scholarly Activities

Cort, J.A., Potvin, J.R., Maximal finger pull forces, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 41(2), 91-95, 2011.

Godin, C.A., Cort, J.A., Cashaback, J., Stephens, A., Potvin, J.R. An estimation of supporting hand forces for common automotive assembly tasks. Society of Automotive Engineers, 2008.

Andrews, D.M., Potvin, J.R., Calder, I.C., Cort, J.A., Agnew, M., Stephens, A. Acceptable peak forces and impulses during manual hose insertions in the automobile industry. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 38(2): 193-201, 2007.

Potvin, J.R., Calder, I.C., Cort, J.A., Agnew, M.J., Stephens, A. Maximal acceptable forces for manual insertions using a pulp pinch, oblique grasp and finger press. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 36: 779-787, 2006.

Cort, J.A., Stephens, A., Potvin, J.R. A biomechanical and psychophysical examination of fastener initiations in automotive assembly. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.
36: 837-845, 2006.

Tiidus, P., Cort, J.A., Woodruff, S. & Bryden, P. Ultrasound treatment and recovery from eccentric-exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 11(4): 305-314, 2002.