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Vice-President, Director Research and Development

M.Sc. PT, Sport Physiotherapy Certificate, Ph.D. candidate

Jean-Francois Esculier graduated from the University of Ottawa physiotherapy program. Passionate about sports and orthopaedics physiotherapy, he quickly improves his skills in those fields by taking several specialized courses and by working on the field with competitive sport teams and in many events. Being a great sports adept since his early years, Jean-Francois’ experience guides him through his interventions, which combine efficiently the active therapy approach by exercises prescription and manual therapy. Furthermore, his frequent scientific literature reviews give him the opportunity to gather new findings and incorporate them to enhance his practice, always maximizing his interventions’ efficacy. Presenting a real interest in running injuries, he decides to get involved in clinical research and works in the prevention and treatment of injuries in several popular running events in the greater Quebec city region. This combination gives him the abilities to help recreational runners as well as elite athletes.

Titles

  • Ph.D. candidate in Experimental medicine: patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) in recreational runners (Laval University, Quebec City, Canada)
    • Intervention study on pain, function and running biomechanics of runners with PFPS
    • Development of an Index aiming at characterizing minimalist running shoes
    • Training factors related to the development of running injuries
  • Master's degree in Experimental medicine: PFPS in recreational runners (Laval University, Quebec City, Canada)
    • Comparing running biomechanics of runners with and without PFPS (kinematics, kinetics, EMG)
    • Intervention study on pain, function and running biomechanics of runners with PFPS
    • Systematic review on self-reported questionnaires to assess individuals with PFPS
    • Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the KOS-ADLS (questionnaire with the best psychometric properties to assess individuals with PFPS)
  • Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy (Summa Cum Laude) (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
  • Certficate in Sports Physiotherapy (Sport Physiotherapy Canada, a branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association)
  • Member of the "Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ)"
  • Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), orthopaedics and sports divisions
  • Member of the "Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation (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 30 courses (since 2011)
  • Courses in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of Physiotherapy, Laval University (since 2013)

Continuing Education

  • New trends in the prevention of running injuries (Level I)
  • New trends in the prevention of running injuries (Level II)
  • Manual Therapy
    • Level 1 (CAMPT)
    • Level 2 (Upper quadrant)
    • Level 2 (Lower quadrant)
    • Evaluation and treatment of the pelvis
  • McKenzie MDT
    • Part A (lumbar spine)
    • Part B (cervical and thoracic spine)
  • Neuroproprioceptive taping Level 1
  • Sports First Responder
  • CPR and Defibrillator
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes (Shirley Sahrmann)
  • Therapeutic Exercises (Bruce Craven)
  • 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)
  • 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
    • J.F. Esculier, L.J. Bouyer, J.S. Roy. The effects of a multimodal rehabilitation program on symptoms and ground reaction forces in runners with patellofemoral pain. J Sport Rehabil (in press).
    • J.F. Esculier, L.J. Bouyer, J.S. Roy. Lower limb control and strength in runners with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome. Gait Posture. 41(3):813-9.
    • J.S. Roy, J.F. Esculier, D.B. Maltais. 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):614-623.
    • J.F. Esculier, J. Vaudrin, L.E. Tremblay. 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.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.B. Bouyer. Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. Disabil Rehabil. 2013;35(26):2181-90.
    • J.F. Esculier, J. Vaudrin, P. Bériault, K. Gagnon, L.E. Tremblay. 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.
    • J.S. Roy, J.F. Esculier. Psychometric evidence for clinical outcome measures assessing shoulder disorders. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2011;16(5):331-46.

 

  • Published conference abstracts
    • J.F. Esculier, B. Dubois, J.S. Roy. The Minimalist Index is a valid and reliable tool for rating running shoes. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015, Singapore, May 2015.
    • J.F. Esculier. Les effets de la course sur les cartilages du membre inférieur: une revue systématique. Journées francophones de la kinésithérapie (JFK), Lille, France, Feb 2015.
    • B. Dubois, J.F. Esculier. Narrative review on running shoes recommendations Who cares about the evidence? Everything is about marketing! Sport Innovation (SPIN) Summit Canada 2014, Montreal, QC, Oct 2014.
    • J.F. Esculier, B. Dubois, J.S. Roy, C.E. Dionne. Defining and rating minimalist shoes: A Delphi study. International Calgary Running Symposium, Calgary, AB, Aug 2014.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.J. Bouyer. Lower limb muscle activation in runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation and comparison to healthy controls. American Physical Therapy Association annual conference 2014. Las Vegas, NV, Feb 2014. (Poster award nominee)
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.J. Bouyer. Effets d'un programme de réadaptation sur les symptômes et la biomécanique de coureurs récréatifs souffrant d'un syndrome fémoropatellaire. Physiothérapie 360, Boucherville, QC, Nov 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.J. Bouyer. Comparing lower limb kinematics of runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome before and after rehabilitation to healthy controls. 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. Vancouver, BC, Sept 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.J. Bouyer. Effects of strengthening, motor control exercises and training advice on symptoms of recreational runners with patelofemoral pain. 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. Vancouver, BC, Sept 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy. Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Knee Outcome Survey-Activities of Daily Living Scale in Canadian French. Canadian Physiotherapy Association annual meeting. Montréal, QC, May 2013.
    • Dubois B., Esculier J.F., 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, BC, Apr 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy. Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires used in the assessment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Québec, QC, Oct 2012.
    • J.F. Esculier, J. Vaudrin, P. Bériault, K. Gagnon, L.E. Tremblay. Home-based balance training program using the Wii and Wii Fit for Parkinson’s disease. Abstract RR-PL-2659. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2011, Amsterdam, Jun 2011.
    • J.F. Esculier, J. Vaudrin, P. Bériault, K. Gagnon, L.E. Tremblay. Home-based balance training program using the Wii and Wii Fit for Parkinson’s disease. Abstract 374. 15th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Toronto, ON, Jun 2011.
    • J.F. Esculier, P. Bériault, J. Vaudrin, K. Gagnon, L.E. Tremblay. 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, IL, Oct 2009.

 

  • Scientific conference presentations
    • J.F. Esculier. Les effets de la course sur les cartilages du membre inférieur: une revue systématique. Journées francophones de la kinésithérapie (JFK), Lille, France, Feb 2015.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy, L.J. Bouyer. Effets d'un programme de réadaptation sur les symptômes et la biomécanique de coureurs récréatifs souffrant d'un syndrome fémoropatellaire. Physiothérapie 360, Boucherville, QC, Nov 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier. Is the vertical loading rate the key in rehabilitation of runners with PFPS? Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences meeting. Whitby, ON, Nov 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J.S. Roy. Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Knee Outcome Survey-Activities of Daily Living Scale in Canadian French. Canadian Physiotherapy Association annual meeting. Montréal, QC, May 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier. What provides more protection: The running shoe or the foot itself? Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine annual meeting. Whistler, BC, Apr 2013.
    • J.F. Esculier, J. Vaudrin, P. Bériault, K. Gagnon, L.E. Tremblay. Home-based balance training program using the Wii and Wii Fit for Parkinson’s disease. Abstract RR-PL-2659. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2011, Amsterdam, Jun 2011.

 

  • Non peer-reviewed publications
    • J.F. Esculier. Les douleurs antérieures au genou chez le coureur. Revue Zatopek Québec, 2013.

 

 

Research Funding

  • Scholarships
    • Fellowship award (2015-2018) (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
    • International internship (2015-2016) (REPAR)
    • René-Lamontagne Award, Faculty of Medicine (2015) (Laval University)
    • Doctorate Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree (2014-2017) (Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé)
    • Doctoral admission scholarship Pierre J. Durand (2014) (Laval University)
    • Master's Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree (2012-2014) (Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé)
    • Master's student award (2012) (Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale)
    • Renewable admission scholarship (2005-2009) (University of Ottawa)
    • Bourse de la francophonie (2005) (University of Ottawa)

 

  • Grants
    • Esculier J.F., Roy J.S., Bouyer L.B., Dubois B. A randomised controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms (2014-2016) (Partnership OPPQ-REPAR)
    • Esculier J.F., Roy J.S., Bouyer L.B., Dubois B. A randomised controlled trial on recreational runners with patellofemoral pain: effects of rehabilitation approaches based on specific underlying mechanisms (2014-2015) (Canadian Physiotherapy Association)
    • Esculier J.F., Roy J.S., Bouyer L.B. Lower extremity running mechanics and exercise program for patellofemoral pain syndrome in recreational runners (2012-2013) (Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec)
    • Dubois B., Esculier J.F., Moore L., Richards C., Frémont P. Comparison of two types of running shoes for preventing injuries in recreational runners: a pilot study. (2012) (Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine)

Interests

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

Others

Bilingual (French-English)