International Society of Biomechanics

Technical Group on
Footwear Biomechanics.

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About ISB

The International Society of Biomechanics is an organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of scientific research in the field of biomechanics. Areas of interest include Sports Biomechanics, Clinical and Rehabilitation Biomechanics, Locomotion, Neuromuscular and Tissue Biomechanics. Technical sections of the ISB cater for members with special interests in Computer simulation and 3D analysis of human movement.

Every two years, the ISB hosts an International Congress of Biomechanics. The most recent Congress, the 16th, was held in Tokyo, Japan during August 1997. Over 400 papers were presented in many different fields of biomechanics. The next meeting will be in Calgary, Canada, during August of 1999.

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About the Technical Group on Footwear Biomechanics

The primary aim of the ISB Technical Group on Footwear Biomechanics is to provide a forum for those interested in biomechanical aspects of clinical, athletic and other kinds of functional footwear. The group was informally established as a Working Group on Functional Footwear in July 1993 during the XIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Paris. In August 1997, the ISB Council granted the group formal status as the ISB Technical Group on Footwear Biomechanics.

The Technical Group currently includes over 180 members from 22 different countries. The group aims to encourage research and promote discussion of biomechanical issues related to functional footwear, including sports shoes, clinical and prescription footwear and footwear designed for special purposes.

The group plans to organise meetings in association with major international scientific conferences. The first of three symposia organised by the group was held in Calgary, in 1994, in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Biomechanics. The symposium consisted of a series of invited speakers and discussion sessions spread over a day and a half of academic sessions.

In 1995, a second independent symposium was held in Cologne as a satellite meeting of the XV ISB Congress. Hosted by Prof. Peter Brüggeman and Dr. Axel Knicker of the Deutsche Sporthochschule, this Symposium attracted 70 delegates to two days of invited presentations, free communications and discussion sessions.

The groupís third symposium, a satellite meeting of the XVI Congress in Tokyo has just concluded in August 1997. This meeting consisted of two days of academic sessions, including 32 free communications and discussion sessions. It is planned that a fourth symposium will be held in Calgary, Canada in 1999 as a satellite meeting of the XVII ISB Congress.


Aims and Objectives

  • To provide a forum within the ISB for those interested in the biomechanics of clinical, athletic and other types of functional footwear.
  • To promote the exchange of ideas and information among members of the Technical Group and especially between clinical and athletic fields.
  • To promote discussion of scientific and professional issues of interest to members.
  • To encourage high quality research in footwear mechanics and the application of research to footwear design.
  • To promote the exchange of ideas and information between biomechanists and those from other fields of study with interests in footwear.
  • To encourage and facilitate the duplication of experiments.
  • To provide opportunities for the presentation and discussion of original research in a forum of peers with similar research interests.
  • To encourage the use of a common terminology.
  • To encourage the exchange of information on test methods and experimental procedures and, where appropriate, to encourage agreement on the use of common methods and procedures.


Areas of Interest

  • The influence of footwear on the kinematics and kinetics of human movement.
  • The influence of footwear and footwear design on human performance.
  • Application of biomechanics research to the design of clinical and athletic footwear.
  • The role of footwear in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the lower extremity.
  • The role of footwear in the prevention and treatment of athletic injury.
  • Influence of footwear on the etiology, occurrence and frequency of athletic injuries.
  • The relationship between shoe biomechanical properties and human subjects' perceptions.
  • Methods for laboratory and field measurement of a shoe's biomechanical properties.


Officers

CHAIRMAN:

Ewald Hennig University of Essen, Germany

 

SECRETARY GENERAL:

Gordon Valiant NIKE Sport Research Laboratory, Beaverton, USA.

 

BOARD MEMBERS:

Dirk de Clerq University of Gent,Belgium

Joe Hamill University of Massachussetts, USA

Yasunori Kaneko Mizuno Corporation, Osaka, Japan

Mario Lafortune NIKE Sport Research Laboratory, Beaverton, USA

Mark Lake Liverpool John Moore's University, UK

Keith Williams University of California, Davis, USA


Publications

1994 Calgary Symposium

There are no more copies of the 1994 Symposium abstracts remaining. Click here to send an email request nevertheless. Your request will be noted. Once we have enough requests, we will print some more.

1995 Cologne Symposium

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Two-page abstracts are available in dead tree format via snail mail. Click here to send an email request. Don't forget to include a mailing address in your message.

1997 Tokyo Symposium

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Two-page abstracts will be published in October 1997. Copies will be mailed to everyone on our mailing list. If you are not a member and would like a copy, please click here to send an email request. Don't forget to include a mailing address in your message.


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Contact Information

If you would like to be added to the Working Group's mailing list, please send a message to Martyn R. Shorten, Ph.D., the Technical Group Coordinator. Include in your message the following information:

  • Name and Affiliation
  • Street Address, City, State, Postal Code, Country
  • Telephone & FAX numbers
  • A brief summary of your research and professional interests.
  • Whether or not you are currently a member of ISB.


Updated 5/25/98 by Martyn R. Shorten Ph.D.