Jing Xian Li


Jing Xian Li
Associate 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

Li, Jing Xian


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:

  • Erik, K., Li, J.X. Ground reaction forces in forefoot strike runners wearing minimalist shoes during hill running, Sports Biomechanics, 2016 (in press)
  • Zhu, Q., Huang, L., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Wu, X., Wang, L., Zhang, Y., Fang, M., Effects of Tai Ji Quan Training on Gait Kinematics in Older Chinese Women with Knee, Journal of Sport and Health Science 2015 (in press, Available online 15 February 2016)
  • Lucie Brosseau & …Li,J.X…. Ottawa Panel Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Foot Care in the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 (in press, Available online 18 December 2015)
  • Hu, X., Li, J.X., Hong Y., Wang L., Characteristics of Plantar Loads in Maximum Forward Lunge Tasks in Badminton, Plos One, 14;10(9):e0137558, 2015
  • Lee, S., Li, J. X.,., Wang L. 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 2015 (in press)
  • Li, J. X., Joint mechanical load and osteoarthritis: Application of Tai Chi for treatment and rehabilitation, Journal of Tianjin University of Sport, 29 (2): 93-100, 2014
  • Wang L., Hong Y., Li, J.X. 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, 2014
  • Lee, S., Li, J.X., 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, 2014
  • Corrigan, L. P., & Li, J. X. 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, 2014
  • Law, N.Y., LI, J.X., The temporospatial and kinematic characteristics of typical Tai Chi movements: repulse monkey and wave-hand in cloud, Research in Sports Medicine,  22:111- 123, 2014
  • Wang, X. Q., Huang, L. Y., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Wu, X., Li, H. P., & Wang, L. Effects of tai chi program on neuromuscular function for patients with knee osteoarthritis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14: 375, 2013
  • Sun, B., Liu, Y., Li, J.X., Li, H., & Chen, P. 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, 2013
  • Mo, S. W., Xu, D. Q., Li, J. X., & Liu, M. Effect of backpack load on the head, cervical spine and shoulder postures in children during gait termination. Ergonomics, 56(12), 1908-1916, 2013
  • Wang, L., Hong, Y., Li, J.X., Zhou, J.H., Comparison of plantar loads during running on different overground surfaces, Research in Sports Medicine, 20:75–85, 2012
  • Wang L. Hong Y. Li J.X., Journal of Sports Sciences, 30(16):1787-92, 2012 
  • Hong Y. Wang, L., Li, J.X., Zhou, J.H.  Comparison of plantar loads during treadmill and overground running. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 15(6):554-60, 2012
  • Hong, Y, Wang, L., Xu, D. Q. Li, J.X. Gender differences in foot shape: a study in Chinese adults, Sports Biomechanics 10(2):85-97, 2011
  • Fong, D.T.P., Hong, Y., Li, J.X., The effect of school bag design and load on spinal posture during stair use by children, Ergonomics, 54: 12, 1207-1213, 2011
  • Ottawa Panel.  Ottawa Panel Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Management of Osteoarthritis in obese and overweight adults, Physical Therapy, 91: 6,1-19, 2011
  • Hong, Y, Wang, L., Li, J.X. Zhou, J.H. Changes in running mechanics using conventional shoelace versus elastic shoe cover, Journal of Sports Science 29: 373-379, 2011

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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