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President’s Blog March, 2018 by Joe Hamill

Posted on April 5, 2018

President's Blog       March, 2018  by Joe Hamill

As the summer approaches (Northern Hemisphere summer), we are all gearing up for the myriad of conferences that will take place soon. The conference season starts off with the international-Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) symposium in New York City in April and continues with the conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine in May, the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiologists (ISEK) just prior to the World Congress of Biomechanics (in conjunction with the European Society of Biomechanics) in July, the American Society of Biomechanics in August and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports in September. This list provides an ample opportunity for all to present their work, meet new and current colleagues and, best of all, to enter into discussions of your work with others. I have found over my career that attending meetings is important to promote your work and to generate ideas for future work.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, ISB will be well-represented at many of these conferences. In particular, at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, ISB will sponsor several sessions including a plenary session with President-Elect Toni Arndt as the speaker, three sessions organized by the Technical Group on Computer Simulation (Computer Simulation of Human Movement), by the Footwear Biomechanics Group and by the Motor Control working group.

One important event coming up soon that I would like to emphasize to ISB members is National Biomechanics Day, an event sponsored by 26 organizations and companies including ISB. This event, the brain-child of Dr. Paul DeVita, former President of the American Society of Biomechanics and Professor at East Carolina University, has gained world-wide attention and has brought biomechanics to prominence among other scientific disciplines. National Biomechanics Day (April 11, 2018) seeks to expand the influence and impact of biomechanics in our society by expanding awareness of the contributions of biomechanics among young people. Over 7,000 high school students from all over the world participated in the activities of National Biomechanics Day in 2017. The hope is that many more will participate in 2018. The principle slogan of National Biomechanics Day is: “Biomechanics will be the breakthrough science of the 21st century.” I suggest you to read Paul’s interesting article in the Journal of Biomechanics on why we need National Biomechanics Day. The link to this paper is:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021929018302112

As Dr. DeVita recounts in this paper that doing biomechanics is not enough to make biomechanics the breakthrough science of the 21st century, we must also show biomechanics to people. I urge you to organize laboratory activities and bring young people into the laboratory to introduce them to biomechanics. For more information, the National Biomechanics Day web site is:

http://nationalbiomechanicsday.asbweb.org/

I hope that all ISB members will take the opportunity to visit the BOOM podcast on the ISB web site. This is the work of the ISB Student Representative, Melissa Boswell. The podcast has interviews with several notable biomechanists who offer their take on a variety of subjects. I offer my thanks and congratulations to Melissa for this project.

Lastly, I wish you all a pleasant and productive summer or winter as the case may be. Be safe in your travels to holidays, conferences or just motoring around.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus

President, International Society of Biomechanics

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