Jing Xian Li


Jing Xian Li
Full Professor

Post-doc., Biomechanics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D., Orthopedic Sports Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.Sc., Exercise Physiology, Tianjin University of Sports
B.M., Medicine, The Medical School of Inner-Mongolia

Room: MNT 363
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2457
Work E-mail: jli@uottawa.ca

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Dr. Li received her PhD and postdoctoral training in orthopedic sports medicine and biomechanics. Prior to joining the School of Human Kinetics, she worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her academic background and overseas working experience have provided a foundation on which to develop multidisciplinary research and international collaborations. Her research is primarily focused on understanding the mechanism of tai chi effects on postural stability and mobility through biomechanical analysis of tai chi movement characteristics. She is also involved in research on running and footwear biomechanics, running-related injury mechanisms and biomechanics of loading carrying. Under her supervision, more than 20 graduate students, including master’s and PhD students as well as postdoc fellows, have successfully completed their studies and received degrees. Dr. Li has published more than 69 research papers in international peer reviewed journals and 11 book chapters.  She is a fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) and served as vice president for research of the ISBS from 2010 to 2014. Currently, she serves as associate editor of the international peer reviewed journal Research in Sports Medicine, and as review editor for Frontiers in Biomechanics.


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Shanghai University of Sport

Research area

  • Tai chi biomechanics and dynamic postural stability
  • Running and footwear biomechanics 
  • Biomechanics of load carrying

Ongoing Research:

  • Tai Chi and dynamic postural stability. The study examines the effects of regular Tai Chi practicing on dynamic postural stability during obstacle walking.
  • Joint biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the patients with knee osteoarthritis.  The study develops Tai Chi intervention program for the target population based on Tai Chi biomechanics, and examines the effects of Tai Chi intervention on joint biomechanics and neuromuscular control.
  • Impacts of running surface materials on lower extremity biomechanics and neuromuscular control in runners with different landing patterns. The purpose of the study is directed to understand running related injury mechanisms.

Selected Publications:

1. Li, X.L , Chang, J.H. & Li, J.X. (2020) Effects of regular Tai Chi on medial-lateral dynamic postural stability in senior adults, Brain, Body, Cognition, 8(4):339-345.

2. Xu, M., Li, J.X., Hong, Y., Wang, L., (2019). Foot type classification for Chinese children and adolescents. Kinesiology,51(1), 127-132.

3. Xu, M., Li, J.X., Hong, Y., & Wang, L. (2019). Foot morphology in Chinese adolescents aged between 13 to 18 years varies by gender and age. Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research,25, 937.

4. Yao, J., Song, Q., Zhang, K., Hong, Y., Li, W., Mao, D., ... & Li, J. X. (2019) The effect of Tai Chi practice on brain white matter structure: a diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging study. Research in Sports Medicine, 27(1), 121-130.

5. Li, J.X., Lee, S., Xu, M., Wang, L., (2019) Effect of High-heeled Shoes on Balance and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during Walking in Experienced and Novice High-heeled Shoe Wearers, Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (accepted)

6. Chen, Y., Li, J.X., Hong, Y., Wang, L., (2018) Plantar stress-related injuries in male basketball players: variations on plantar loads during different maximum-effort maneuvers. BioMedical Research International, https://dir.org/10.1155/2018/4523849,

7. Xu, M., Hong, Y., Li, J. X., & Wang, L. (2018). Foot morphology in Chinese school children varies by sex and age.Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research, 24, 4536.

8. Xu, M, Li, J.X., Wang, L. (2018). Effects of high-heeled shoes on women’s gait and balance: a narrative review, Journal of Chinese Sports Medicine 37(1), 83-87.

9. Li, J.X., Law, N.Y. (2018). Kinetics of the lower limb during two typical Tai Chi movements. Research in Sports Medicine, 26, 112-123.

10. Wang, S.J., Xu, D.Q, LI, J.X. (2017). Effects of regular Tai Chi practice and jogging on neuromuscular reaction during lateral postural control in older people. Research in Sports Medicine, 25 (1), 111-117.

11. Cheng, L., Chang, S., Li, J.X, & Hong, Y. (2017). Effects of different periods of Tai Chi exercise on the kinesthesia of the lower limb joints of elderly women. Research in Sports Medicine, 25(4), 462-469.

12. Kowalski, E., Li, J.X. (2016). Lower limb joint angles and ground reaction forces in forefoot strike and rearfoot strike runners during over ground downhill and uphill running. Sports Biomechanics, 15(4), 497-512.

13. Zhu, Q., Huang, L., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Wu, X., Wang, L., Zhang, Y., Fang, M. (2016). Effects of Tai Ji Quan Training on Gait Kinematics in Older Chinese Women with Knee Osteoarthritis. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 5(3), 297-303.

14. Lucie Brosseau & …Li, J.X…. (2016). Ottawa Panel Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Foot Care in the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(7), 1163-1181.

15. Lee, S., Wang L., Li, J. X. (2016). Effect of asymmetric load carrying on joint kinetics of lower extremity during walking in high-heeled shoes in young woman. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 106(4), 257-264.

16. Hu, X., Li, J.X., Hong Y., Wang L., (2015). Characteristics of Plantar Loads in Maximum Forward Lunge Tasks in Badminton. Plos One, 10(9), e0137558.

17. Li, J. X. (2014). Joint mechanical load and osteoarthritis: Application of Tai Chi for treatment and rehabilitation. Journal of Tianjin University of Sport, 29 (2): 93-100.

18. Wang L., Hong Y., Li, J.X. (2014). Muscular activity of lower extremity muscles running on treadmill compared with different overground surfaces. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2(4),161-165.

19. Lee, S., Li, J.X. (2014). Effects of high-heeled shoes and asymmetrical load carriage on lower extremity kinematics during walking in young women. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 104(1), 58-65.

20. Corrigan, L. P., & Li, J. X. (2014). The effect of unilateral hockey bag carriage on the muscle activities of the trunk and lower limb of young healthy males during gait. Research in Sports Medicine, 22(1), 23-35.

21. Law, N.Y., LI, J.X. (2014). The temporospatial and kinematic characteristics of typical Tai Chi movements: repulse monkey and wave-hand in cloud. Research in Sports Medicine, 22,111- 123.

22. Wang, X. Q., Huang, L. Y., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Wu, X., Li, H. P., & Wang, L. (2013). Effects of tai chi program on neuromuscular function for patients with knee osteoarthritis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14: 375.

23. Sun, B., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Li, H., & Chen, P. (2013). Prediction equations of energy expenditure in Chinese youth based on step frequency during walking and running. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(sup2), S64-S71.

24. Mo, S. W., Xu, D. Q., Li, J. X., & Liu, M. (2013). Effect of backpack load on the head, cervical spine and shoulder postures in children during gait termination. Ergonomics, 56(12), 1908-1916.

Selected Presentations as invited keynotes speaker 

  • “Joint loading and neuromuscular control: Tai Chi and osteoarthritis”, International Conference of Tai Chi and Health, Chengdu, China, April 9-11, 2014
  • “Tai Chi exercise and neuromuscular Control”, 2010 Combined Annual Conference of Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics and Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Tainan, Taiwan. Oct 29-30, 2010
  • “Exercise and postural stability”, 2nd Shanghai International Forum in Exercise and Health, Shanghai, China, November 28-29, 2008
  • “Can proprioception really be improved by exercises?” 25th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, Ouro Preto, Brazil, August 23-27, 2007
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