FBS 1997 – Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo 1997

Overview

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) provide contrasting bookends to an enjoyable meeting.

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.

Sponsors

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 minimize registration fees. In addition, Adidas International and NIKE, Inc. offered research prizes 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:

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