Technical Groups Update

Posted on September 27, 2013

Footwear Biomechanics Group

Report of satellite meeting held in Brazil

The International Society of Biomechanics Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG) held their 11th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium (FBS) in conjunction with the ISB Congress in Natal, Brazil from the 31 July – 2 August 2013. The symposium was organized by a group chaired by the FBG Chairperson Stefan Grau with help from Toni Arndt from Stockholm and Günther Schlee from Chemnitz. Günther’s native Portuguese helped considerably in organizing accommodation and the social program in Brazil. The FBS was held in the Rifoles Hotel with a fantastic location directly on a wonderful beach, where delegates were seen playing football, walking, swimming, surfing or just lying in deckchairs enjoying local beverages.

Despite its distant location relative to Australia, Europe and North America, the FBS attracted a very good attendance of 155 participants. Approximately 100 abstract submissions were received, which led to 60 original oral papers and 33 posters at the conference. There were three full days of scientific program. Two keynote lecturers were invited: Peter Cavanagh presented “Tibial acceleration: What does it tell us about footwear and injury risk?” and Kris D’Aout presented “The biomechanics of human locomotion: evolving barefoot”. There were two invited sessions, one on soccer shoes and one on the ankle joint hosted by the International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics (iFAB) group. A very popular invited tutorial was included for the first time with Ned Frederick discussing the topic of “Quantifying the physical and functional characteristics of footwear”. The single session lecture theatre was full for nearly every single presentation. The two high quality poster presentations were preceded by two-minute oral presentations.

The sponsorship strength of the FBG was evident with a total of eight prizes presented. Of course the FBG would like to take this opportunity to extend special thanks to all of its sponsors – Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Busan Footwear Center, LiNing, Mizuno, Nike and RSScan. During the FBG Business Meeting at the conclusion of the symposium, new Operating Codes and a new Constitution were presented and accepted by the members. The Constitution was also accepted by the ISB Executive Council at their subsequent meeting. Hopefully, these new steering documents will assist in making the operation of the FBG more transparent, efficient and even more dynamic in future.

A traditional highlight of the FBS is its incredible social network, which has made this meeting a highlight in many footwear biomechanists’ congress calendar. The food, drinks and discussions during the dinners by the pool will be remembered by many and will hopefully lead to fruitful scientific collaboration in the upcoming years. The ISB FBG is becoming more and more active even outside its own biennial symposium and in 2014 will host scientific sessions both at the iFAB meeting in Busan, Korea and at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, USA.

The next FBS, in conjunction with ISB 2015, will be hosted in Liverpool, England by Mark Lake. I am already looking forward to another fun, stimulating and rewarding FBS.
Toni Arndt


ISB Footwear Biomechanics Group

Upcoming meetings

3D Analysis of Human Movement

The 3D analysis of human movement group is pleased to announce their 13th symposium, which will take place at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, from July 14 to July 17 2014.

This year Sport and Rehabilitation is proposed as the theme of the Symposium. Under the guidance of the international scientific committee, lectures and presentations will include various aspects of movement analysis from laboratory based instrumentation to wearable technologies, from disease assessment to rehabilitation and basic biomechanics to clinimetry and therapeutic intervention.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 25 January 2014. For further information, please see the website:



International Shoulder Group

The International Shoulder Group is pleased to announce that its biennial conference will take place in Waterloo, Canada from July 13 - 15, and will be hosted by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.

The conference will use a similar format as in prior years with an opening reception on July 13, followed by two days of technical presentations from international researchers. Two keynote lectures (one per day) will be delivered (speakers TBA) by eminent researchers in the field. Lodging has been arranged on campus and in local hotels.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14th 2014.


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