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New Investigator Award

The purpose of the New Investigator Award (NIA) is to recognize new researchers and to encourage them to become productive members of ISBS by expanding the knowledge base of sports biomechanics through study and dissemination of information. All student members of ISBS, and full members who, at the time of the annual conference, have graduated with their terminal degree (master's or doctoral) within the past two years, are eligible for consideration. Candidates can enter one paper in the competition (oral or poster category), must be the first author of the paper submitted and accepted for presentation at the annual ISBS conference. Candidates must also present their paper at the conference, if selected, in dedicated oral (preliminary finals, finals [top 3]) and poster (finals) sessions. A judging panel uses evaluation templates when selecting the preliminary finalists, finalists, and winners of the competition. 

Award Criteria:
  • The applicant must be a member of ISBS at the time of that year’s annual conference.
  • The applicant must provide documentary evidence at the time of that year’s annual conference that they are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or have graduated with their terminal degree (Master’s or Doctoral) within the last two years.
  • The applicant must submit a paper for that year’s annual conference.
  • The applicant must be the lead author of the submitted paper.
  • The applicant can only enter for one type of award (oral or poster) and must not have previously won the oral award (if applying for either category) or poster award (if applying for the poster category).
  • The applicant must not have entered the New Investigator Award (either category) on any three prior instances (i.e. a maximum of three applications in total is permitted).
  • The applicant, if selected as a finalist in the oral or poster competition, must be in attendance to present their work at the conference.
  • The applicant, if selected as a winner of the oral or poster competition, must submit a scientific paper version of their work, as first author, for publication in a special issue of ‘Sports Biomechanics’ within 6 months of the award being confirmed.
  • Applicants must confirm that the paper is not under review at the time of entering for the award, and that it will not be submitted anywhere else until the outcome of the award is known (if they do not win the award).
Submission Process:

The applicant must indicate that they would like to be considered for the NIA when they submit their conference paper. The applicant must also complete an application form and send this along with their supporting documents (evidence of current enrolment or graduation) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date for paper submission.


Closing date for paper submissions for that year’s annual conference.

Further Information available on Page 5-9 of the Policy Manual for The Vice President of Awards of ISBS




Title of Presentation


Adrian Rivadulla

University of Bath, UK

Milwaukee, USA Clustering long-distance runners based on their technique at one single speed does not generalise to multiple speeds

Eoin Doyle

Macquarie University, Australia

Liverpool, UK The influence of speed on patellofemoral joint kinetics in recreational runners

Simon Augustus

University of Chichester, UK

Canberra, Australia Defining movement strategies in soccer instep kicking using the relationship between pelvis and kick leg rotations
2020 None awarded  Online -

Josef Viellehner

German Sport University Cologne, Germany

Oxford, Ohio, USA Road bike damping: comfort or performance related?

Daniel Cottam

University of Western Australia, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand Can inertial measurement units be used to validly measure pelvis and thorax motion during cricket bowling?


Paul Felton

Loughborough University, UK

Cologne, Germany

Optimising individual performance in cricket fast bowling.


Sina David

German Sport University, Germany

Tsukuba, Japan

Victory or defeat – how movement strategies distinguish fast direction changes from cutting manoeuvres with high injury risk


John Warmenhoven

University of Sydney, Australia

Poitiers, France

The application of functional data analysis techniques for characterizing differences in rowing propulsive-pin force curves


Pedro Morouço

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal

Johnson City, TN, USA

Are dry-land strength metrics and forces exerted in-water related with high swimming velocity in young athletes?


Steffen Willwacher

German Sport University Cologne, Germany

Taipei, Taiwan

Start block kinetics: what the best do different than the rest

Roman Farana

University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

The effect of different hand position on impact forces and elbow loading during the round off in female gymnastics


Gerda Strutzenberger

University of Salzburg, Austria

Melbourne, Australia

Pedal forces, lower limb joint kinematics and kinetics in cycling with circular and non-circular chainrings

Helen Crewe

University of Western Australia, Australia

Functional screening test associated with altered trunk and pelvis kinematics and low back injury incidence in adolescent fast bowlers


Giulia Mantovani

University of Ottawa, Canada

Porto, Portugal

Is principal components analysis more efficient to detect differences on biomechanical variables between groups?


Anne Richter

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Marquette, MI, USA

Effects of age, gender, and activity level on counter-movement jump performance and variability in children and adolescents


Neil Bezodis

University of Bath, UK

Limerick, Ireland

Development, evaluation and application or a simulation model of a sprinter during the first stance phase


Ezio Preatoni

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Seoul, Korea

Nonlinear analysis of race walking gait: Movement variability, Entropy and Motor Skill Assessment


Miriam Klous

University of Salzburg, Austria

Ouro Preto, Brazil

Lower extremity joint loading in carved ski and snowboard turns

Giulia Dona

University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Principal components analysis of knee angle waveforms during race walking


Jodie Cochrane

University of Western Australia, Australia

Salzburg, Austria

The effect of lower limb training on muscular support of the knee and risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury


Wolfgang Potthast

German Sport University, Cologne

Beijing, China

The choice of training footwear has an effect on changes in morphology and function of foot and shank muscles


Cassie Wilson

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK

Ottawa, Canada

Optimization of Performance in Running Jumps for Height


None awarded  


Clara Soper

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Caceres, Spain

The Effectiveness of the Goggles Training System as a Coaching Tool in Changing Pelvis Angle at the Catch during On-Water Rowing


Thor Besier

University of Western Australia, Australia

San Francisco, California, USA

Muscle Activation Patterns at the Knee Joint During Unanticipated Sidestepping Tasks


Young-Tae Lim

Yeungnam University, Kyungsan, Korea

Hong Kong, China

Estimated Lumbar Spinal Loads During a Golf Swing using an EMG-Assisted Optimization Model Approach


Margaret McBride

Australian Catholic University Sydney, Australia

Perth, Australia

Use of Real-Time Telemetry to Monitor Instantaneous Seat and Boat Velocity in Pair oared Rowing


Toshimasa Yanai

School of Physical Education, University of Otago, NZ

Konstanz, Germany

Mechanics of Body Roll in Front-Crawl Swimming


Sang Yeon Woo

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Denton, Texas, USA

A Three Dimensional Analysis of the Windmill Style of Softball Delivery for Fast and Change-Up Pitching


Laurie Malone

University of Alberta, Canada

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

The Effects of Wrist Restraints on Wheeling Biomechanics


Calvin Morriss

Manchester Metropolitan University, England

Thunder Bay, Canada

The Biomechanics of Elite Javelin Throwing Technique


Marco Caffi

Politecnico di Milano, D.S.T.M., Milano, Italy

Siofok, Hungary

Balls Mathematical Models and Mechanical Tests


Mark Walsh

California State University, Northridge, USA

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Kinematics of the Pole Vault Approach

Brian Caster

University of Oregon, USA

The Effect of Height and Post-Landing Movement Task on Landing Performance


Nigel Stockhill

Crewe-Alsager College of Higher Education, UK

Milano, Italy

A Three Dimensional Cinematographica Analysis of the Techniques of International and English Country Cricket Fast Bowlers


None awarded

Ames, Iowa, USA



Milan Jurdik

University of Karlova, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Biomechanical Analysis of the Horizontal Jumps

Greg Wilson

University of Western Australia, Australia

Maximizing the Use of Elastic Energy in a Stretch Shorten Cycle Movement