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Jean-Francois Esculier

Jean-Francois Esculier

Vice-President, Director Research and Development Vancouver

PT, PhD, Sport Physiotherapy Certificate

Jean-Francois Esculier (J-F) graduated from the University of Ottawa's physiotherapy program in 2009. Since completing his training as a Physiotherapist, he has been working as a clinician with a caseload that includes mostly running-related as well as other sports injuries, which led him to complete a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. J-F's interest for combining research with clinical practice also led him to pursue graduate studies (Masters & Ph.D.) at Laval University in Quebec City, where he focused on patellofemoral pain in runners as it relates to conservative management, running biomechanics and footwear. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on the topics of running and knee osteoarthritis. J-F has been teaching to health professionals internationally with The Running Clinic since 2011.

Titles

  • Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Physiotherapy and Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory - MABLab (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
    • Running and knee osteoarthritis
  • Ph.D. Experimental medicine: patellofemoral pain (PFP) in recreational runners (Laval University, Quebec City, Canada; 2017)
    • Randomized clinical trial comparing treatment approaches in runners with PFP
    • Gait retraining for runners with PFP
    • Running footwear and PFP
    • Development of the Minimalist Index, which aims at characterizing the level of minimalism of running shoes
  • Master's degree in Experimental medicine: PFP in recreational runners (Laval University, Quebec City, Canada; 2014)
    • Comparing running biomechanics of runners with and without PFP (kinematics, kinetics, EMG)
    • Intervention study on pain, function and running biomechanics of runners with PFP
    • Systematic review on self-reported questionnaires to assess individuals with PFP
    • Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the KOS-ADLS questionnaire to assess levels of symptoms and functional limitations in individuals with knee pain
  • Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy (Summa Cum Laude) (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada; 2009)
  • Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (Sport Physiotherapy Canada, a branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association; 2013)
  • Member of the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC)
  • Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and its sports division
  • Member of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
  • Member of the "Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ)"
  • Member of the "Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation du Québec (REPAR)"
  • International member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Teaching Experience

  • New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries
    • more than 60 courses (since 2011)
  • Courses in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of Physiotherapy, Laval University (since 2013)
  • Post-graduate level teaching, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University (2016)
  • Clinical skills assistant, Physiotherapy program, University of British Columbia (2016)

Continuing Education

  • Patellofemoral pain: A Critical Review of Evaluation and Treatment Techniques (Christopher Powers)
  • Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter II: Evaluation and Treatment of Movement Dysfunction: Gait and Running (Christopher Powers)
  • Evaluation and treatment of the injured runner (Irene Davis)
  • Functional Movement Assessment for the Manual Therapist (FMS/SFMA) (Kyle Kiesel)
  • Building a running clinic: more than a treadmill and a camera (Bryan Heiderscheit, Blaise Williams, Scott Miller)
  • Therapeutic Exercises (Bruce Craven)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes (Shirley Sahrmann)
  • McKenzie MDT
    • Part A (lumbar spine)
    • Part B (cervical and thoracic spine)
  • Neuroproprioceptive taping Level 1
  • Sports First Responder
  • Manual Therapy
    • CAMPT: Level 1, Level 2 (upper quadrant), Level 2 (lower quadrant)
    • Evaluation and treatment of the pelvis
  • Several orthopaedic and sport injuries conferences and symposia

Professional Achievements

  • Physiotherapist for Champlain St-Lawrence College athletes (2009-2010)
  • Physiotherapist for Champlain St-Lawrence Women’s AAA Basketball team (2009-2010)
  • Physiotherapist for les Jeux du Québec 2010 (Gatineau, QC)
  • Physiotherapist for les Elans du College FX Garneau AAA Men’s soccer team (2010)
  • Physiotherapist for the Quebec Open Jeep Beach Volley-ball (2011)
  • Physiotherapist for les Jeux du Québec 2012 (Shawinigan, QC)
  • Physiotherapist for various regional and provincial sporting events (2009-2015)

Research in Physiotherapy

Published peer-reviewed scientific papers

  1. Esculier JF, Dubois B, Bouyer, LJ, McFadyen BJ, Roy JS. Footwear characteristics are related to running mechanics in runners with patellofemoral pain. Gait Posture. Epub ahead of print.
  2. Esculier JF, Silvini T, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. Video-based assessment of foot strike pattern and step rate is valid and reliable in runners with patellofemoral pain. Phys Ther Sport. In Press.
  3. Esculier JF. Mise à jour sur le syndrome fémoropatellaire (Update on patellofemoral pain). Physio-Québec. 2016;43(2):16-18.
  4. Crossley KM, Stefanik JJ, Selfe J, Collins NJ, Davis IS, Powers CM, McConnell J, Vicenzino B, Bazett-Jones DM, Esculier JF, Morrissey D, Callaghan MJ. 2016 Patellofemoral pain consensus statement from the 4th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Manchester. Part 1: Terminology, definitions, clinical examination, natural history, patellofemoral osteoarthritis and patient-reported outcome measures. Br J Sports Med. 2016;50(14):839-43.
  5. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Dubois B, Frémont P, Moore L, Roy JS. Effects of rehabilitation approaches for runners with patellofemoral pain: protocol of a randomised clinical trial addressing specific underlying mechanisms. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016;17(1):5.
  6. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. The effects of a multimodal rehabilitation program on symptoms and ground reaction forces in runners with patellofemoral pain. J Sport Rehabil. 2016;25(1):23-30.
  7. Esculier JF, Dubois B, Dionne CE, Leblond L, Roy JS. A consensus definition and rating scale for minimalist shoes. J Foot Ankle Res. 2015;8:42.
  8. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. Lower limb control and strength in runners with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome. Gait Posture. 2015;41(3):813-9.
  9. Dubois B, Esculier JF, Moore L, Richards C, Frémont P. Effects of minimalist and traditional running shoes on injury rates: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Footwear Sci. 2015;7(3):159-64.
  10. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. Effets d'un programme de réadaptation sur les symptômes et la biomécanique de coureurs récréatifs souffrant d'un syndrome fémoropatellaire. Physio-Québec. 2014;2(40):20-1.
  11. Esculier JF, Vaudrin J, Tremblay LE. Corticomotor excitability in Parkinson's disease during observation, imagery and imitation of action: effects of rehabilitation using wii fit and comparison to healthy controls. J Parkinsons Dis. 2014;4(1):67-75.
  12. Roy JS, Esculier JF, Maltais DB. Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the French version of the Knee Outcome Survey-Activities of Daily Living Scale. Clin Rehabil. 2013;28(6):614-23.
  13. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. Disabil Rehabil. 2013;35(26):2181-90.
  14. Esculier JF, Vaudrin J, Bériault P, Gagnon K, Tremblay LE. Home-based Balance Training Program Using Wii Fit with Balance Board for Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study. J Rehabil Med. 2012;44(2):144-50.
  15. Roy JS, Esculier JF. Psychometric evidence for clinical outcome measures assessing shoulder disorders. Phys Ther Rev. 2011;16(5):331-46.

 

Presentations in scientific conferences

  1. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. Immediate effects of gait retraining on symptoms and running mechanics of runners with patellofemoral pain. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, USA, Feb 2017.
  2. Esculier JF, Willy RW, Baggaley M, Meardon SA, Willson JD. Sex-specific kinetic and kinematic indicators of medial tibiofemoral force during running. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, USA, Feb 2017.
  3. Esculier JF, Dubois B, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. A randomised clinical trial in runners with patellofemoral pain. Danish Sports Kongress. Copenhagen, Feb 2017.
  4. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Dubois B, Frémont P, Moore JS. A randomized clinical trial in runners with patellofemoral pain. Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine annual meeting. Victoria, Canada, May 2016.
  5. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Dubois B, Frémont P, Moore JS. A randomized clinical trial in runners with patellofemoral pain. Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress. Victoria, Canada, May 2016.
  6. Esculier JF, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS. A randomized controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms (preliminary results). 4th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. Manchester, UK, Sept 2015.
  7. Esculier JF, Dubois B, Roy JS. The Minimalist Index is a valid and reliable tool for rating running shoes. WCPT Congress, Singapore, May 2015.
  8. Esculier JF. Les effets de la course sur les cartilages du membre inférieur: une revue systématique. Journées francophones de la kinésithérapie (JFK), Lille, France, Feb 2015.
  9. Dubois B, Esculier JF. Narrative review on running shoes recommendations: Who cares about evidence? Everything is about marketing! Sport Innovation (SPIN) Summit, Montreal, Canada, Oct 2014.
  10. Esculier JF, Dubois B, Roy JS, Dionne CE. Defining and rating minimalist shoes: A Delphi study. International Calgary Running Symposium, Calgary, Canada, Aug 2014.
  11. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Lower limb muscle activation in runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation and comparison to healthy controls. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, USA, Feb 2014. (Poster award nominee)
  12. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Effets d'un programme de réadaptation sur les symptômes et la biomécanique de coureurs récréatifs souffrant d'un syndrome fémoropatellaire. Physiothérapie 360. Boucherville, Canada, Nov 2013.
  13. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Comparing lower limb kinematics of runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome before and after rehabilitation to healthy controls. 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. Vancouver, Canada, Sept 2013.
  14. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Effects of strengthening, motor control exercises and training advice on symptoms of recreational runners with patelofemoral pain. 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. Vancouver, Canada, Sept 2013.
  15. Esculier JF, Roy JS. Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Knee Outcome Survey-Activities of Daily Living Scale in Canadian French. Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress. Montreal, Canada, May 2013.
  16. Dubois B, Esculier JF, Moore L, Richards C, Frémont P. Effects of two running shoe types on injury rates in recreational runners: a pilot RCT. Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine annual meeting. Whistler, Canada, Apr 2013.
  17. Esculier JF, Roy JS. Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires used in the assessment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. IFOMPT Conference. Quebec City, Canada, Oct 2012.
  18. Esculier JF, Vaudrin J, Bériault P, Gagnon K, Tremblay LE. Home-based balance training program using the Wii and Wii Fit for Parkinson’s disease. WCPT Congress. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jun 2011.
  19. Esculier JF, Vaudrin J, Bériault P, Gagnon K, Tremblay LE. Home-based balance training program using the Wii and Wii Fit for Parkinson’s disease. 15th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Toronto, Canada, Jun 2011.
  20. Esculier JF, Vaudrin J, Bériault P, Gagnon K, Tremblay LE. Modulation of cortico-motor excitability and rehabilitation effect on balance after 6 weeks of virtual reality training with the Nintendo WII and WII Fit on patients with Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience. Chicago, USA, Oct 2009.

Non peer-reviewed publications

Esculier JF. Les douleurs antérieures au genou chez le coureur. Zatopek Québec, 2013.

Research Funding

Scholarships / Salary awards

  1. Fellowship award for post-doctoral fellows (2017-2019): Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  2. Fellowship award for PhD studies (2015-2017): Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  3. International internship at East Carolina University (2015-2016): REPAR.
  4. René-Lamontagne Award, Faculty of Medicine (2015): Laval University.
  5. Doctorate Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree (2014-2017): Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQ-S).
  6. Doctoral admission scholarship Pierre J. Durand (2014): Laval University.
  7. Master's Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree (2012-2014): Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQ-S).
  8. Master's student award (2012): Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration.
  9. Renewable admission scholarship (2005-2009): University of Ottawa.
  10. Francophony scholarship (2005): University of Ottawa.

 

Grants

  1. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LB, Dubois B, Frémont P. A randomised controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms. CASEM Research Funding ($10,000).
  2. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LB, Dubois B. A randomised controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms. Partnership OPPQ-REPAR ($15,000).
  3. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LB, Dubois B. A randomised controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms. Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada ($5,000).
  4. Esculier JF, Roy JS, Bouyer LB. Lower extremity running mechanics and exercise program for patellofemoral pain syndrome in recreational runners. Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec ($7,500).
  5. Dubois B, Esculier JF, Moore L, Richards C, Frémont P. Comparison of two types of running shoes for preventing injuries in recreational runners: a pilot study. CASEM Research Funding ($7,500).

Interests

  • Running injuries
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Clinical research in physiotherapy

Others

Bilingual (French-English)