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ISBS Liverpool 2020 Postponed until 2022: Statement Release April 30, 2020


Dear ISBS members and conference delegates,

In response to the public safety and travel restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISBS Board and the ISBS 2020 Conference Organizers have decided it will no longer be possible to hold a 2020 ISBS conference. We are pleased to announce that the Liverpool organizers (Dr. Mark Robinson & Dr. Mark Lake) have agreed to postpone their plans to host the conference and ISBS will take place in Liverpool in 2022, following ISBS in Canberra in 2021. ISBS also wants to thank the Milwaukee conference organizers who have agreed to postpone their plans and will now host ISBS in 2023. Thank you to Dr. Tim Exell (VP Conferences) and the future conference organizers in adjusting our plans for outstanding ISBS conferences.

Given the importance of papers published in our Proceedings and journal Sports Biomechanics as the archival original research knowledge in sport and exercise biomechanics, we are moving forward with publication of the 2020 ISBS Proceedings. The Liverpool/ISBS scientific committee did outstanding work in reviewing papers and authors with accepted papers can still choose to have their paper published or withdraw it for future conferences. All papers with first authors that are ISBS members can be published in the 2020 proceedings without registration costs. First authors who are not currently ISBS members are invited to join/renew their membership if they wish to have their papers published in the 2020 proceedings. These first Liverpool papers are targeted for release the day the conference would have begun (July 21, 2020). Authors should be ready for correspondence related to publication of your papers. ISBS is looking into the possibility of facilitating a YouTube channel for authors interested in posting a 10-minute presentation of their research. Further details regarding this channel will be communicated in the coming weeks. Consider pointing the world to your research published in the proceedings using and linking to ISBS social media.

The ISBS board continues with society initiatives and has been seeking alternate ways to serve members. Look to the ISBS website and social media for these opportunities. The Annual General Meeting, board meetings, student mentoring programme, women in sport biomechanics forum, and other initiatives will take place remotely via videoconferencing.

The ISBS Board wishes you all safety and good health in these difficult times. Thank you for your ongoing support of ISBS and its mission to promote sports biomechanics knowledge and its application with athletes and coaches. ISBS members remember to vote for officers and board members. We look forward to seeing you a the 2021 ISBS conference in Canberra, Australia.

Duane Knudson and the ISBS Board

Dear ISBS Members,

I am pleased to announce the following nominations for the Board of Directors and President-Elect of the society. We are really fortunate to have such an excellent selection of candidates for these important positions. Thank you very much to all candidates.

You should all receive an email in the next day or two with a link to the election. The closing date for the election will be ten days after the election goes live.

Peter Sinclair

Secretary General

Candidates for President of the Society:

The election will ask you to choose only one of these candidates.

Dr. Hiroyuki Nunome


Hiroyuki (Hiro) Nunome is currently Professor of Sports Biomechanics at Fukuoka University, Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS), Board of ISBS, Member of International Steering Group of Science, Football, Former President of the Japanese Society of Science & Football and Board of Japan Society of Biomechanics and Associate Editor of “Sports Biomechanics”. Hiro is well-known as a pioneer of biomechanics for football (soccer) specific actions and materials, in particular for kicking with many advanced publications in leading journals. Hiro is also well-known as very open-minded, cooperative and innovative scholar of ISBS.


Dr. Randall Jensen


I’m a Professor of Sport & Exercise Science at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, USA. I’ve been a member and attended all but one ISBS meeting since 2000, Fellow since 2010, Life Member since 2017, presented/coauthored 90+ papers at ISBS meetings, on the Board of Directors since 2006, Secretary General 2011-9, reviewer for Sports Biomechanics and annual meetings, and hosted the 2010 meeting. Over 40 of my students have presented at ISBS meetings. I hope to assist the society in member recruitment, particularly students, strengthen links to other societies, while continuing to be a bridge between researchers and athletes/coaches.

Candidates for Directors of the Society:

Ten candidates will be appointed and you will be asked to choose ten for the election.

Dr. Hannah Wyatt


Hannah is a Biomechanics Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology. Her affinity with ISBS began in 2015, when she presented at her first conference. As the ISBS early career researcher mobility grant recipient in 2019, Hannah was grateful to be able to undertake internationally collaborative research to further develop her interests in lower limb biomechanics. Hannah leads a number of projects which investigate injury prevention queries posed by coaches and community organisations. If elected to the ISBS board, Hannah aims to lead the development of initiatives to assist the translation of biomechanical research to practice and education.


Dr. Steffen Willwacher


As a former athlete and coach, I am passionate about the mission and the spirit of ISBS ever since I attended my first conference in Porto (2011). Standing up for election is a great opportunity for me to serve the community. My research is covering elite and recreational sports, focusing on the interaction between human and technology. I helped in the organization of the 2017 ISBS conference and have reviewed for Sports Biomechanics. As a member of the Board of Directors I’d like to address the opportunities and challenges brought by new technologies for the improvement of research and coaching.


Dr. Gillian Weir


Gillian is a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests focus upon sports injury prevention where she has worked with and consulted for Brooks Running and teams within Hockey Australia, Australian Football League and Major League Baseball. Gillian has served on the ISBS board since 2016, including a term as the student representative. She has developed initiatives including the ISBS 2-minute-tweet competition, and works within the Women in Science and Publications subcommittees. She seeks re-election to the board to continue to work on engagement initiatives and contribute to the ISBS ethos of integrating sports biomechanics research with practice.


Dr. Wen-Tzu Tang


Wen-Tzu Tang received her doctoral degree from University of Texas in 2002, and is currently Dean of Exercise and Health Sciences College, Professor of Graduate Institute of Coaching Science at National Taiwan Sport University. She has served as a sport science committee member for Taiwan National Teams for Olympic Game, Asian Game to provide sport science services since 2002. She has been members of the Board of Directors of TSBS since 2003 and the Board of Directors ISBS since 2016, ASSB president now and wishes to build related sport biomechanics certificate systems together to promote sport biomechanics market for students.


Dr. Franky Mulloy


I am a Lecturer in Biomechanics and an enterprise lead at the University of Lincoln in the UK, with research interests in biomechanical biofeedback to enhance sporting performance, coordination, and the human-equipment interaction. I have actively engaged in, and contributed to, ISBS as a member since 2014. As an early career researcher, I have a strong track record of pairing industry funding with large innovation grants. Therefore, as a member of the board I would seek to help formalise and enrich industry-society links, as well as enhance relationships between researchers, applied practitioners and industry, for all members.


Dr. Pedro Morouço 


A short guy from Portugal that is passionate about the physics behind human movement. A lucky guy that had the chance to learn from most outstanding researchers throughout the years. An honoured guy that received the 2017 Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award from ISBS. This is me! Someone that has biomechanics on his arteries and research on the veins. I would like to keep being a member of the Board of Directors to actively participate in the dissemination of the Society, its activities and its Journal.


Dr. Stuart McErlain-Naylor


Stuart is an extremely enthusiastic academic with a passion for engaging the wider audience in all things sports biomechanics. This passion led Stuart to organise the online ISBS Sports Biomechanics Lecture Series, providing a resource to researchers, students, and practitioners. He attempts to increase research impact as Social Media Editor for the society’s journal Sports Biomechanics. He has previous board experience as student board member of the ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation and on his University Senate. If elected, Stuart will engage constructively with members and strive to maximise the reach and impact of new and existing society initiatives.


Dr. Marcus Lee


Dr Marcus Lee heads the Sport Biomechanics Team in the Singapore Sport Institute. He completed his PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and a post-doctoral research fellowship at The University of Western Australia. He manages the Biomechanics support provided to Team Singapore coaches and athletes across various sports. He is interested in how vision and movement contribute to skilled action and injury prevention. He is passionate about translating scientific theories into practical training interventions to help athletes to be the best that they can be, teaching, research, growing Sport Science in Asia, and helping Singaporeans to Live Better Through Sports.


Dr. Kristof Kipp


Kristof Kipp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Program in Exercise Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His research interests focus on high force/impulse sports and activities, such as weightlifting, throwing, and jumping tasks. Kristof attended his first ISBS conference in 2010 and currently serves on the editorial board of Sports Biomechanics. He will be a co-host of the ISBS 2022 meeting in Milwaukee and would like to serve on the BOD to take on a more active role in the development of the ISBS as a professional society and its mission.


Dr. Mark King


Dr Mark King is a Professor of Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University, UK investigating optimum performance and minimizing injury risk across a broad range of sports including gymnastics, cricket, athletics, badminton, swimming and tennis.  Mark has substantial experience with international bodies; Chair of ISB’s Technical Group on Computer Simulation for eight years, member of Badminton World Federation’s Injury Prevention Working Group and member of International Cricket Council’s Bowling Legality Group.  Mark has been a member of ISBS since 2009 attending numerous annual symposia and looks forward to helping the society move forward in the years to come.


Dr. Young-Kwan Kim


Kim Young-Kwan is currently teaching biomechanics as an Associate Professor at Dept. of Physical Education, Chonnam National University, Korea. He received his Ph.D. in sports biomechanics in 2008 from the Dept. of Kinesiology, Arizona State University (Advisor: Dr. Hinrichs). Dr. Kim has been interested in motion analysis of Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, and baseball pitching and batting, especially on open kinetic motions in attempt to enhance the speed of the distal end. He is consistently attending the ISBS conference and his research outcomes have contributed to enrich knowledge of martial arts as sports.


Dr. Daniel Herman


Dr. Daniel Herman is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida, and holds both a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and a MD with specializations in Physiatry and Sports Medicine. He is a Fellow of ISBS, and has served as an Associate Editor for Sports Biomechanics. As a member of the ISBS Board of Directors, Dan aims to utilize his perspective and contacts as both a sports clinician and biomechanist to increase membership and participation in ISBS, particularly among clinicians, as well as build upon the society’s strengths in programming at the annual meeting.


Dr. Tim Doyle


Associate Professor Tim Doyle is a biomechanics and physical performance researcher at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Previously employed as a human performance scientist by the Australian Department of Defence, his research interests span sports to tactical arenas. He is also an accredited Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and an accredited Sport Scientist, and Exercise Scientist with Exercise and Sport Science Australia. His professional and academic collaborations include a number of professional sports, and Military and Law Enforcement agencies. Broadly his research covers neuromuscular biomechanics, injury prevention, and physical preparation in athletes and tactical populations.


Dr. Rodrigo Bini


I am a Lecturer at La Trobe University where I introduced the National Biomechanics Day in 2019, engaging schools from regional Victoria to visit our laboratories. Since 2010, I have been supporting the Sports Biomechanics journal, as a reviewer completing 42 reviews, and as a member of the editorial board since 2015. My contribution to the ISBS Board will be helping expand the input of the ISBS in South America with the hope of attracting further contributions to the Sports Biomechanics journal and developing initiatives between universities in South America, Australia and New Zealand in teaching and research.


Dr. Neil Bezodis


I am an Associate Professor at Swansea University, UK, and have been an ISBS member since 2005. I have served as an ISBS Director since 2014 and as the temporary ‘at conference’ VP Awards in 2018 and 2019. At the 2019 conference, I was elected as the current VP Awards and I am very keen to continue serving the society in this position. I would therefore greatly appreciate your support so that I can stand as a Director of ISBS for another two-year term and continue my role as VP Awards, helping our society to continue its progression and development.


Dr. Ian Bezodis


I am a Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. As a member of ISBS for over ten years, I have regularly attended the Annual Conferences since 2007. I previously served on the Board of Directors from 2009-2013, and am a member of the Editorial Board of Sports Biomechanics. I’m keen to increase my service to the Society further. I am particularly interested in promoting high-quality scientific research with elite sporting teams and organisations, and am keen to explore ways to promote and recognise this important, but often small-sample, work within the body of scientific literature.


Dr. Alexandra Atack


Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. Since becoming a member of ISBS in 2014 she has presented at, and acted as a reviewer for, numerous annual conferences - the highlight being awarded joint 2nd place in New Investigator Award, 2017. Having worked with the English Rugby Football Union through her PhD, Alex demonstrated a clear passion for translating biomechanical research to applied sport practice, a key ethos of ISBS. If appointed to the board Alex hopes to cultivate opportunities for early career biomechanists to develop within the ISBS community, progressing the Society’s aims.


Dr. Jordan Anderson


Jordan’s research started in the Spine Biomechanics Lab at the University of Waterloo (Canada). He lives Australia, recently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney. Jordan became an ISBS Student Member in 2018. He presented work from his PhD at the 36th ISBS Conference and was awarded the Student Research Grant. The grant funded Jordan’s travel to the University of Porto (Portugal) to investigate torso muscle demands in freestyle swimming using underwater 3D motion capture and EMG. He presented his findings at the 37th ISBS Conference. Jordan aims to help formulate a clear ISBS Mission Statement into next decade.


The current ISBS Newsletter 36 (1), April 2020, is now published.

pdfVolume 36, No.1 (Apr 2020)

 In this Issue:

  • Message from the President
  • ISBS Awards 2020
  • ISBS Student Section
  • ISBS Student Mentor Programme
  • Reports for ISBS Research Grants
  • ISBS Grants 2020
  • Student Travel Grant Update
  • Revised Call for hosting ISBS 2023
  • Sports Biomechanics Online Lecture Series
  • Women in Sport Biomechanics

Please click here for all past issues and feel free to forward the newsletter to anyone interested in sports biomechanics.

Kind Regards,

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Sarah Breen

ISBS Vice President (Publications)



Dear ISBS members and conference delegates,


ISBS 2020 hosts Mark Robinson, Mark Lake, and the team from Liverpool John Moores University are continuing to work hard organising our annual conference. They and the Scientific Committee have reviewed 341 submitted articles for the 38th ISBS Proceedings that, with the outstanding keynotes, should be a great scientific program. Our proceedings and our journal Sports Biomechanics are important permanent records of our scholarly activity and promotion of biomechanics of sports and exercise.

The conference organisers and the ISBS Board have been closely monitoring the health risks and travel impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the speed at which the situation is changing, we have decided to delay conference registration and a final decision about holding our 2020 conference until April 30, 2020. It is possible that restrictions in international travel may still be in place in July. While we are hopeful that the situation will be resolved or have lessened sufficiently so that the conference can go forward, delegates should liaise with their own university / business travel managers to consider what effect this may have on their plans and how best to mitigate risks of travel disruption. At this time, we politely suggest that delegates do not book travel until a decision on the conference taking place is made on the 30th April. We would also like to highlight that travel grants will not be awarded in the event of the conference not taking place, therefore the travel grant application deadline has been extended by one month to May 24th. The Liverpool organising team have put a great deal or work into planning this year’s conference so that it can still go ahead if possible; however, the board of directors are working with them to ensure that we as a society are still able to share our research and ideas with each other through alternative initiatives in the event of the conference not taking place. We will keep you informed through society email, website, conference website, and social media.

I thank the conference organizers, scientific committee, and the ISBS Board of Directors for their hard work on ISBS activities throughout this world health crisis. Let me renew my call to you from the December Newsletter to make a commitment to stay engaged with ISBS, serving on the board, nominating worth award recipients, and inviting others to join us as members and delegates at our conferences. Our upcoming newsletter will outline our many ISBS activities and keep you updated on changing deadlines, upcoming elections, and awards.

Best wishes for personal safety and good health,


Duane Knudson

President, ISBS




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National Biomechanics Day

Two-Minute-Tweet Competition


Sponsored by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports


Like the ethos of National Biomechanics Day, the goal of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports is to bridge the gap between the excellent research happening in labs around the world with those who use it and are interested in it – the general public, athletes, and applied clinicians and practitioners.

This National Biomechanics Day we want to showcase the outstanding biomechanics activities and research that are happening around the world, and publicize them using Twitter. Are you a researcher or practitioner using biomechanics in your everyday job, particularly in the areas of sports performance or sports medicine? If so, tell us what you are doing!

To apply, record a video of up to two minutes describing your research or an aspect of your research that applies to sports biomechanics and can be interpreted by the wider community. Videos can include anything that helps describe your project. This can include but is not limited to infographics, Powerpoint slides and/or action shots of your lab and/or testing protocol.

Deadline has been postponed (date TBD). 

Note – you do not need to be a current member of ISBS to be eligible to enter this competition

There are three prizes up for grabs:

  • Best submission led by student: One year ISBS student membership
  • Most retweeted video between release and close of NBD (4.59PM EST): €100 cash prize sponsored by ISBS PLUS one year ISBS full membership

Video Format & Guidelines:

  • Must include in the first 15 s your name, any collaborators/co-authors involved in the research and personal/lab/organization twitter handle(s) in text at the bottom of the video.
  • Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes in length.
  • Maximum resolution: 1920x1200
  • Aspect ratios: 1:2.39 – 2.39:1 range (inclusive)
  • Maximum frame rate: 40fps
  • Maximum bitrate: 25Mbps


  • Make sure your visuals are in focus and legible!
  • Less is more: text and complicated graphics can distract your audience – you don’t want them to read your slide instead of listening to what you have to say. 
  • Personal touches: personal touches can allow your audience to understand the impact of your research.
  • Work your message: is there a metaphor that helps explain your research?
  • An engaging visual presentation can make or break any oration, so make sure your media is legible, clear and concise.