Winners of the Ergonomics' 2016 Liberty Mutual Award - Author Services

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Winner’s story: Stuart McGill, David Frost, Kevin Darby, Thomas Lam, Tim Finlay and Jordan Cannon

Ergonomics' 2016 Liberty Mutual Award

We have published in Ergonomics for about 30 years – it has been a wonderful relationship to communicate our findings.

Receiving the Liberty Mutual award was a complete surprise to us, but a most welcome one. Studying disabling injury in elite police officers, we set out hoping to find links between officers who sustain back injury with pain sufficient to miss work and variables of their fitness, and movement quality. A big challenge was following the study cohort for a duration sufficient to allow the injuries to occur. We followed the group for 5 years and fortunately had no dropouts.

While we found small influences of fitness, in general we were surprised to find the more fit officers were getting hurt more. It appears that for this group the most dangerous place to be was in the training room. Thanks again to the editors making up the panel who recognized our work. We have published in Ergonomics for about 30 years – it has been a wonderful relationship to communicate our findings.


Stu Full Res ColorStuart McGill is a Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo where he has a laboratory and clinic that explores low back mechanics, injury mechanisms, rehabilitation protocols and performance enhancement. He has been the author of over 240 scientific journal papers and has mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional/international athletes and teams worldwide.



Kevin DarbyKevin Darby is the founder of DTS Fitness Education and co-owner of Stretch to Win Canada. He has held various roles in the fitness industry, including head strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, course developer and wellness team leader. He holds a B.Ed. degree, and was formerly an officer in the Toronto Police Service.



Tim Finlay cropped head shotTim Finlay is the Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Toronto Police Service. He works at the Toronto Police College where he trains, tests, researches, consults, and coordinates law enforcement personnel and agencies in the domains of physical fitness and wellness. Tim is the President of the Police Fitness Personnel of Ontario (PFPO), an organization that promotes fitness and wellness within the policing community.



David FrostDavid Frost is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, School of Kinesiology, with a special interest in movement competency, athletic development and injury resilience.



Thomas LamDr. Thomas Lam is President, Director of Athletic Development, FITS, Toronto. He has over a decade of strength and conditioning experience working with various athletes from grass root athletes to Professional and Olympic athletes. He is a chiropractor who bases his practice on identifying and correcting movement patterns by integrating passive and active modalities to achieve the best results possible.


Jordan Cannon

Jordan Cannon is completing a Masters degree in the spine biomechanics lab at the University of Waterloo and is looking forward to PhD studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Read their winning article “Can fitness and movement quality prevent back injury in elite task force police officers? A 5-year longitudinal study

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