FBS 1997

Tokyo 1997


The Third Symposium on Footwear Biomechanics was held as a satellite meeting of the XVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. The meeting was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan University, August 21-23, 1997. Sixty-four registered delegates listened to 32 presentations of original work and participated in several extended discussion sessions.

The Symposium was opened and closed in traditional Japanese style; the violence of the breaking sake barrel and the tranquility of the tea ceremony (cha-no-yu) providing contrasting bookends to an enjoyable meeting.

As the abstracts published here demonstrate, the quality of the work presented at the Symposia continues to imcrease, reflecting the rising expectations of researchers in this field. A printed volume of extended, two-page abstracts will be published in October 1997. A copy will be sent free of charge to all registered participants and to Technical Group members. If you are not a member and would like a copy of these proceedings, please send an email request.

Most of the meeting, the discussion sessions and opening and closing ceremonies ware recorded on video. If there is interest, copies of the tapes will be made available, at cost.

Special thanks to Yasunori Kaneko of Mizuno Corp., who managed the local arrangements in Tokyo with great diligence and apparently limitless energy. Thanks also to Keith Williams, Ton de Lange and Bart van Gheluwe for adjudicating the prizes and to all those who chaired sessions.


The generosity of the Symposium's sponsors made it possible to invite guest speakers, to offer travel assistance to presenters who would otherwise be unable to attend and to minimise registration fees. In addition, Adidas International and NIKE, Inc. offerred research prozes for the most significant papers in applied research and basic research respectively.


Scientific Awards

Applied Research Prize presented by adidas International
The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution to applied research in footwear biomechanics was awarded to:

Geza F. Kogler, F.B. Veer, S.E. Solomonidis, J.P. Paul 
Bioengineering Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, USA

"The influence of medial and lateral orthotic wedges on loading of the plantar aponeurosis. In vitro study"

Basic Research Prize presented by NIKE, Inc.
The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution to applied research in footwear biomechanics was shared by two presenters:

Mark. J. Lake, B. Bimson, D. Gerssen, S. Nooy, N. Roberts
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

"Relating forefoot structure to dynamic plantar pressure distribution during locomotion" 

Ian.C. Wright, R.R. Neptune, A.J. van den Bogert, B.M. Nigg
Human Performance Laboratory, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

"The regulation of impact forces in running" 


Organising Committee

Symposium Chairpersons:
Dr. Yasunori Kaneko, Mizuno Corp., Osaka, Japan
Dr. Martyn Shorten, Portland, Oregon, USA

Advisory Board:
E. C. "Ned" Frederick, Ph.D. Exeter Research, Inc. New Hampshire, USA
Dr. Axel Knicker, Deutsche Sporthochschule, Germany 
Dr. Simon Luethi, Adidas America, Inc., USA 
Dr. Gordon Valiant, NIKE, Inc., USA

To view all abstracts from the symposium, click here