December 2017 Issue

Posted on December 20, 2017

ISB Now - December 2017

President's Blog       December, 2017

It has been several months since we last met in Brisbane, Australia for the ISB Congress that was, in everyone’s eyes, a very successful event. I would like to belatedly congratulate the organizers of that Congress, including ISB President Andrew Cresswell, for their hard work. There were a number of other ISB members on the organizing committee that I will not mention specifically but they should be noted for their excellent work. More than 80% of delegates came from over 50 countries, thus the aim of hosting a truly international congress was achieved. Personally, this congress was the epitome of what a scientific congress should be and I hope that future ISB congresses follow the example of the XXVI Congress.

Many ISB members are now gearing up for the World Congress of Biomechanics meeting in Dublin, Ireland this summer (July 8-12, 2018). ISB will have a significant presence at this Congress with a plenary session and three sessions sponsored and organized by ISB. The invited speaker for the plenary session is Professor Toni Arndt from Sweden, currently the ISB President-Elect. The three other sessions were organized by two ISB Technical Groups and an ISB Working Group. Each of these three sessions will have two keynote speakers and several speakers who submitted abstracts specifically foe these sessions. ISB session 1, organized by the Technical Group on Computer Simulation is titled ‘Computer Simulation of Human Movement and will have keynote speakers Brian Umberger (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) and Jeff Reinbolt (University of Tennessee, USA). ISB session 2 was organized by the Footwear Biomechanics Group wand will have keynote speakers Sharon Dixon (University of Exeter, UK) and Wolfgang Potthast (German Sports University Cologne, Germany). The third session is being organized by the Motor Control working group with keynote speakers Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA) and Robert Gregg (University of Texas-Dallas, USA). In addition, there are several ISB members who are organizing other sessions for the WCB meeting.

ISB will also be prominent at the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) meeting that will also be held in Dublin (June 30-July 2, 2018). ISB speakers at this conference will include Roger Enoka (University of Colorado, USA), Walter Herzog (University of Calgary, Canada) and Taija Finni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

Finally, I would like to announce the formation of a committee of accomplished ISB scientists to produce an ISB White Paper regarding the standardization of kinetic results for presentations at professional symposia and publishing in professional journals. This committee is ably led by Professor Tim Derrick (Iowa State University, USA) with members Alberto Leardini (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Italy), Andrea Cereatti (University of Sassari, Italy), Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA), Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia), Raphael Dumas (University of Lyon, France) and Silvia Fantozzi (University of Bologna, Italy).

At this time of year, we all look forward to our holidays and I wish all a pleasant holiday and a Happy New Year.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

President, International Society of Biomechanics

Students' Corner

First, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Kirsty McDonald for all of her work as Student Representative the past two years. She has led great efforts throughout her term and the student events she organized at the XXVI Congress in Brisbane all went exceptionally well.

Past Student Representative, Kirsty (left), and incoming Student Representative, Melissa (right) in Brisbane.

ISB 2017: Brisbane

The students at ISB enjoyed events both during and outside of the congress. Thank you to everyone who helped with planning, volunteered time at, and participated in these events!

Both mentoring roundtable lunches were very successful, and students received great advice from the mentors who participated.

Student Night Out: We also enjoyed a fun night out together in Brisbane!

Recommended Reads in Biomechanics

Before her term concluded, Kirsty reached out to ISB Fellows who kindly put together a set of ‘Recommended Reads.’ This was a great idea and an excellent source of biomechanics readings, which can be found here.

World Congress of Biomechanics Student Event

We will hold an event for the ISB students in Dublin during the World Congress of Biomechanics. The event will be held on Sunday evening, the first day of the congress (8 July 2018), with more details to follow. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces from Brisbane and meeting new student members!

Connect with ISB on Social Media

Keep up to date with ISB by liking our ISB Facebook Page, joining the Student Members Facebook Page and following ISB on Twitter!. If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards,

Melissa Boswell


Student Travel Grant Report from Nuno Morais, Patrick Bakenecker & Allison Clouthier

  • Nuno Morais

I would like to thank the ISB for the generous Congress Travel Grant of $1000. This was a fundamental financial assistance to participate in the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, in Brisbane, Australia. I feel very privileged to have attended this congress, having the opportunity to discuss formally (during sessions) and informally (e.g., during coffee breaks) with well renowned researchers in biomechanics, particularly in musculoskeletal and clinical/rehabilitation biomechanics.

The congress was extremely well organized. Social activities, oral and poster presentations, keynote sessions, exhibitors’ sessions were all orchestrated and the delegates could easily master the extensive program by simply navigating, selecting, and scheduling the events using the congress app. For example, the most relevant presentations in the field of my doctoral work (on shoulder kinematics and rehabilitation) were in different sessions but it was not difficult to plan to attend those with the highest significance using the congress app.

I would like to highlight the Student Round Table Lunch. This was a fundamental event to integrate all students in the spirit of sharing experiences, expectations, discuss career opportunities with some of the most influential researchers such as Professors Walter Herzog (winner of the Muybridge Award) and Joseph Hammill.

A rewarding experience with the hope to repeat in the near future.

Sincerely, Nuno Morais         31 October 2017

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria School of Health Sciences (ESSLei) Leiria – PORTUGAL


  • Patrick Bakenecker

For me the ISB2017 was a very successful and interesting conference in the field of biomechanics attending very interesting talks and meeting many other delegates working in my field of expertise. Thank you for the opportunity to attend and having a contribution to the Congress. It was an exciting event, which had wonderful vibe and atmosphere over the five days.

The conference started for me on Sunday with the offered tutorials. For me it began with the tutorial to “biologically-inspired concepts guiding lower-limb exoskeleton design” which focused on the basic science of human-machine interaction in the context of lower-limb exoskeletons that target the human ankle during locomotion. The most interesting part was a live demonstration showcasing the function of an unpowered elastic ankle exoskeleton that can reduce the metabolic energy cost of human walking. I also attended the tutorial to “ultrasound techniques for muscle-tendon imaging” which was very interesting for me, because I am also using ultrasound to detect fascicle behavior during my PhD work. This tutorial presented an overview of the ultrasound methods that enable muscle and tendinous tissues to be imaged in real time. It introduced B-mode imaging and advanced methods to assess displacements within the muscle-tendon unit and the issue of probe positioning for 2-D measurements were discussed through examples of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle.

In the following days I mostly attended the sessions with talks to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics with amazing speakers like Taija Finni, Ben Hoffman, Bart Bolsterlee, Taylor Dick or Dominic Farris. But there were also some interesting talks under the topic of Motor Control. There was the talk from Glen Lichtwark to “the potential influence of tendon compliance on sensory feedback from lower limb muscles” which I still have in mind.

The contribution to the congress on my site was my poster presentation where I had the opportunity to present a part of my PhD work with the topic “residual force enhancement is muscle length-dependent in the human knee extensors”. I can say that it was a successful poster presentation as I had very interesting discussions with other delegates who showed interest into my work.

At the end the most inspiring talk gave Walter Herzog during the Muybrige Award Lecture with the topic “Reflections on Muscle: or the Accidental Scientist” where he spoke about his hole scientific career with all his challenges and the way to success while working in your passion.

The conference ended with a great closing ceremony. The dinner and the entertainment were fantastic and enjoyed it very much.

Beside the conference it was a pleasure to visit Brisbane as a wonderful city with so much opportunities to have great food and many activities to do in your spare time.


  • Allison Clouthier

I was able to attend the International Society of Biomechanics conference in Brisbane this July. Travelling from Canada to Australia is expensive, and the Congress Travel Grant made my travel possible. The conference was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to share my research and receive useful feedback, to engage with other researchers in my area, and to learn about the new and exciting research happening in biomechanics around the world. The mentorship programs provided a great way to meet people with established careers in biomechanics and receive useful advice. I was able to meet up with old colleagues and to make new contacts and organization and content of the conference was exceptional.

Thank you to the ISB for providing me with this grant that made travel to a fantastic conference possible!

Allison Clouthier

Me (right) with my supervisor Mike Rainbow and fellow Queen’s student Lauren Welte at the conference banquet.



Name of Investigators: K. Michael Rowley, BS, BA, Advisor: Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Name of Grant: Interfering with conscious motor processing during dynamic balance: Investigating persons with and without recurrent low back pain

The International Society of Biomechanics’ Matching Dissertation Grant was used to investigate the effects of dual-task interference on trunk control during a dynamic unstable balance task in participants with and without recurrent low back pain (LBP). Associations between these effects and psychometric and motor control measures were tested in order to better our understanding of interactions between cognition, posture, and a history of pain.

Twenty-one participants with recurrent low back pain and twenty-two pain-free control participants were recruited and tested. First, the balance-dexterity task was characterized by investigating associations between task performance, trunk coordination, and various electromyographic and psychometric measures. Then, groups were compared. Persons with a history of low back pain exhibited reduced trunk coupling – meaning more dissociated or independent motion of the thorax and pelvis segments. This reduced trunk coupling was associated with the ratio of lumbar multifidus activation to lumbar erector spinae activation. In pain-free control participants, there was no uniform change in trunk coupling from single- to dual-task conditions – some participants became more tightly coupled in the trunk and some increased independent motion of the trunk segments (less coupling). Participants with recurrent low back pain, however, showed a uniform increase in trunk coupling from single- to dual-task conditions.

These findings will support the use of the balance-dexterity task in clinical and research evaluations of trunk control. In addition, the findings are important for informing rehabilitation given that dual-tasking is often prescribed during rehab to practice real-life situations. Findings from continued work on this study will help us learn more about interactions between attention, psychometric measures, and motor control measures in patients with recurrent low back pain. Understanding these interactions will enhance multi-modal treatments, which up until now have been marginally successful.

I am very grateful to the International Society of Biomechanics for the support in completing this Dissertation.


EDC Officer Report

  • Felipe P Carpes

Dear ISB members. 2017 is almost over, but we still have time to send some information regarding the biomechanics in the EDC.

Biomechanics library and a new laboratory in Cuba

Books donated by professor Julie Steele arrived in Cuba. Professor Carlos Días sent photos of the lab organization and a message of thanks to Julie and ISB for making the arrangement so that his group is now benefit by a number of books and journals about biomechanics. But this is not the only advance of Biomechanics in Cuba. After a couple of months negotiating, professor Días told us that his institution was able to buy a 3D motion capture system, which means that the island will have the first motion capture laboratory to leverage biomechanics research. This is a historic fact, and ISB will be following and supporting professor Días group as possible towards the full establishment of the laboratory and the research group. If you want to help, please let us know.

A new Biomechanics society is born

We have been in contact with a very active group of biomechanists from Pakistan. In the past two years or so, a biomechanics society has been organized in Pakistan. In 2017, the society was registered as the Pakistan Society of Sports Biomechanics. The first president is professor Muhammad Asghar Javed. Everybody who wants to learn about the society is invited to make contact by the e-mail address or cell phone # 00923334395306 + whatsapp.

Student grants to join Technical Group Meetings

EDC students are encouraged to apply for the technical group meeting travel grant program. This grant is offered to the student members of the ISB attending the affiliated Technical Group meetings. It helps reducing the travel expenses to attend meetings of the 3-D Analysis of Human Movement (3DAHM), International Shoulder Group (ISG), Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG), and Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS). By virtue of the need to move the meetings among different continents, it is often very difficult for students to afford to travel to the meetings or to pay the registration fee if they can travel. However, we will offer travel grants (up to $US 500) to the students who will be presenting their research results at the aforementioned Technical Group meetings. Application forms are available in the ISB website and applications are to be received by February 28th 2018. Applicants will be notified by May 1st 2018.


List of new members

  • Ross Sanders
  • Saša Ćuković
  • Ursula Trinler
  • Jordan Andersen
  • Yo Shih
  • Kristen Lipscomb
  • chenglong feng
  • Stephen Cobb
  • Carlton Cooke
  • Daiani de Campos
  • Carl Berkowitz
  • Emily Gerstle
  • Angelo Macaro
  • Ata Babazadeh
  • Erica Casto
  • Munavvar Juman
  • John-Paul Donlon
  • Pengfei Yang
  • Joe Testa
  • Moiyad Aljehani
  • Maria Bisele
  • Marc Portus
  • Heiko Wagner
  • Mahboobeh Mehdikhani
  • Adam Hunter
  • Adam Bryant
  • Ross Wilkinson
  • Tomas Rusnak
  • Natalia Alfaro
  • Molly Connolly
  • Ben Bugden
  • Robert Stephenson
  • Gretchen Roman
  • Ramona Ritzmann


Save the Date: ISB 2019

Preparations for ISB 2019 in Calgary are going well. The Convention Center is booked, hotel arrangements for your convenience have been made, and a preliminary schedule will be posted on the ISB 2019 website early in the New Year (

Most important, at this point, is to reserve the dates:

July 31st to Aug 4th, 2019

The ISB conference will be held in conjunction with the meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics and the support of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics.

The Footwear Biomechanics Group has already scheduled a satellite symposium at the beautiful Kananaskis Delta Hotel preceding the ISB conference (July 27-July 30, 2019).

Also at the Kananaskis Delta Hotel, we are planning a symposium on skeletal muscle mechanics (from Molecules to Muscle Function, July 27-July 29, 2019).

We have received great support from various faculties, departments and institutes of the University of Calgary, and from Delsys Inc., for travel/reduced registration for students from economically developing countries attending ISB 2019. Details of this program will be forthcoming.

Brisbane 2017 has barely gone, and what a success it was! And here we are, with ISB 2019 just around the corner (at least from our point of view). Please send us any ideas about special symposia and featured speakers that you might like to see. We are starting to prepare the program at this time and any input is greatly appreciated and welcome.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to beautiful Calgary and the incomparable Rocky Mountains.

With warm regards,

Walter Herzog


Save the Date: National Biomechanics Day, April 11, 2018,

October 15, 2017

Hello Biomechanists Worldwide,

Ready…Set…Blast Off, NBD 2018!

Registration is now open for the third annual National Biomechanics Day. We stunned ourselves by hosting over 7,000+ high school students in synchronized, around-the-world NBD events in 2017! Now we are ready to stun the world with truly vast numbers of Biomechanists and high schoolers participating in National Biomechanics Day 2018. Our goal is 20,000 to 30,000 high school students enjoying NBD 2018 and we can reach this goal with your participation. We all make NBD so successful and greater than the sum of its parts because through NBD we’ve created a collaborative framework within which we all enthusiastically and jointly celebrate Biomechanics. While many people host wonderful individual Biomechanics demonstrations, our combined NBD events unify Biomechanics around the world providing a coordinated and exciting Biomechanics extravaganza. Pretty cool. Those of you new to NBD will be so surprised by the joy created through NBD participation, joy in Biomechanists and joy in high schoolers. I am not kidding or exaggerating.

While many people have made similar statements here I include Justus Ortega’s simple wisdom about NBD 2017, “It was awesome…and it was inspiring.” This year we enact our mantra, we make Biomechanics the Breakthrough Science of the 21st Century.

Click Here to register for NBD 2018:

ISB Grants Awarded

Posted on June 7, 2017

We are pleased to report that between December 2016 and April 2017, 28 Student Grants were funded by the ISB. The majority of these (21) are to help support the costs of travelling to ISB2017 in Brisbane. The remainder were for the Matching Dissertation Grant, the International Travel Grant and the Technical Group Travel Grant.  The successful applicants are from the USA, Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia and the total amount awarded by ISB was more than 34,000 USD. It's great to see so many high quality applications from around the world.

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2017 Muybridge Award Winner: Walter Herzog

Posted on March 27, 2017

The Muybridge Award is presented at each congress to an individual for their “career achievements in biomechanics”, it is our society’s most prestigious award.  The award is named after Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), who was one forefathers of modern biomechanics with his recordings of various aspects of animal movement.  A committee reviewed the nominees for the 2017 award, and the selection was Dr. Walter Herzog for his outstanding contributions to biomechanics research, the development of biomechanics worldwide, and contributions to the ISB.  At the 2017 Congress Walter will be presented with the Muybridge Medal, and deliver the accompanying lecture.

Dr. Walter Herzog did his undergraduate training in Physical Education at the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1979).  In 1979 he moved the US to study with Jim Hay, completed his doctoral research in biomechanics at the University of Iowa (USA) in 1985.  He completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience and Biomechanics at the University of Calgary (Canada) in 1987.  Currently, Walter is a Professor of Biomechanics at the University of Calgary with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine.  He holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, and is appointed to the Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary.

His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction, and the biomechanics of joints with focus on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis.  Within these areas, his work is carried out experimentally and theoretically at the molecular/cellular levels using in vitro, in situ, and in vivo preparations.  Walter has published fours books, with one in its third edition, and over 500 papers.  In recognition of his research Walter has been the recipient of many awards including the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics and the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics.  He is the past president of the American and Canadian Societies for Biomechanics, and was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.

From 2007 to 2008 Walter served as the President of the ISB.  In 2015 he was appointed a fellow of the ISB.  He was a co-organizer of the 1999 ISB Congress hosted in Calgary, and he is the co-organizer of the 2019 Congress also to be hosted in Calgary.

We congratulate Walter on winning the 2017 Muybridge Award and look forward to his Muybridge Award lecture during the 2017 Congress in Brisbane.

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ISB Award Deadlines

Posted on December 22, 2016

Promising Scientist Award

The Promising Scientist award is designed to acknowledge people who have performed superior biomechanics research early in their career. It entails a certificate and a monetary award of US$ 5000 for scientific purposes, such as visiting another research group to collaborate on a project. The competition is held each year in which there is an ISB-conference. The winner of the award is expected to give a 30 min. plenary presentation over the recent studies that have contributed to the award at the ISB-congress of the same year.

Requirements: To be eligible for the award, a candidate must (1) be a member of the ISB, (2) be post-doctoral but not more than 5 years. Each candidate must submit his or her full curriculum vitae, identify at least two first author full articles in peer reviewed scientific journals that he or she has written in a single area of Biomechanics, and provide interpretative summaries describing the contribution of each article. Applications for the award are to be sent to the Jury chairman. Please send your applications to ISB Awards Officer, Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug ( by February 28, 2017. Additionally, please download the PSA tick-box questionnaire on the ISB Web-site, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer.


Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award

The ISB has had great pleasure to announce and award the Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award in honor of Professor Carlo de Luca and his pioneering contribution to the science and application of biomechanics, in particular in the area of electromyography. The award honors excellence in graduate research in the area of motor control and electromyography and is associated with a monetary award of $US 2,500. The winners are selected prior to the next ISB Congress and will present in the award’s session at that ISB Congress

Requirements: Candidates must be at a very early stage of their scientific career and to be eligible must not have received their PhD degree before the previous ISB Congress (two years prior to the Congress where the award will be given). Current graduate students, including MSc level students, are also eligible. Please send your applications to Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug ( by February 28, 2017. The abstract must be in the area of motor control/electromyography. You are also requested to submit an up to date curriculum vitae and PDF copies of two of your refereed publications in the area of motor control / electromyography.

When applying for the award, please download the Carlo de Luca ESA tick-box questionnaire at the ISB Web-site, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer, too.


Please note: You are also required to submit your abstract simultaneously to the ISB congress organizers and that ISB has a policy that an abstract submitted for an ISB conference award is non-identical to an abstract submitted elsewhere.

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ISB2015 Award Winners

Posted on September 30, 2015

We are delighted to announce the following awards, that were presented at ISB2015.


David Winter Young Investigator Award 2015 – Poster

Robert Eberle

University of Insbruck

Dept. of sport science

Insbruck, Austria

“ How to generate injury prone to situations for non-contact ACL injuries”


David Winter Young Investigator Award 2015 – Podium

Kelly A. Larkin-Kaiser

University of Calgary

Dept. of Kinesiology

Calgary, Canada

“Lager isoforms of titin are associated with increased sarcomere length and servity of hip displacement in CP”


Clinical Biomechanics Award 2015

Andrew Tan

Northwestern University

Dept. od Neuroscience


Tan A. et. al: Cortical Modulation of TMS included across joint kinetic synergies in the post stroke lower limb


Promising Scientists Award 2015Ross Miller, PhD

University of Maryland

Dept. of Kinesiology and Faculty of Neuroscience



Emerging Scientist Award 2015

Shota Haigo

Kyoto University of Japan

Laboratory of Neuroscience

Kyoto, Japan

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2015 Muybridge Award Winner: Kai-Nan An

Posted on March 31, 2015


As Past-President of ISB, one of my more enjoyable duties this year was to chair the selection committee for the 2015 Muybridge Award. I was assisted by two former Muybridge Award winners, Peter Cavanagh and Benno Nigg, and by John Challis, the current President of ISB.

The Muybridge Award is the most prestigious award given by the International Society of Biomechanics and is given for career achievements in the field of biomechanics. Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) was the first to capture motion using high-speed photography, thus laying the foundation for the development of modern biomechanics. Previous winners of the award are listed here.

The committee considered a shortlist of 8 nominees. Dr. Kai-Nan An was unanimously selected because of his exceptional impact on the field of biomechanics. A quantitative measure of this impact is the staggering amount of more than 20,000 citations of his published work. It was also noted that this impact occurred across a broad area in biomechanics, ranging from fundamentals of musculoskeletal modeling to very specialized and applied questions in orthopedics of the lower and upper extremity. His work has not only impacted biomechanics, but also the clinical practice of orthopedics.

Kai-Nan An received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in 1975 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is the Director (1993-present) of the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Professor of Bioengineering, Mayo Medical School. He was named the John and Posy Krehbiel Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Medical School, in 1993. He has co-authored more than 800 scientific articles and book chapters, most appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. An’s research interests include biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, wheelchair propulsion, orthopedics and rehabilitation. He has been awarded numerous grants from NIH and industry, and his collaboration with other institutions stretches across the globe, most recently to Asia and Europe.

Dr. An has received several awards from various societies, including the You-Li Chou Medal from the Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics, the Borelli Award from the ASB, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from National Cheng-Kung University, the Neer Award from ASES, the Kappa Delta Award from AAOS, and was named as a Fellow of the ASME in 2007. He is a founding member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and actively serves as a mentor and advisor to graduate students and research fellows, as well as various medical and engineering organizations.

We congratulate Dr. An on winning the 2015 Muybridge Award and look forward to his Muybridge Award lecture during the 2015 Congress of the ISB.

Ton van den Bogert

Past President, ISB

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