FBS 2007 – Taipei, Taiwan

Overview

The Eighth Footwear Biomechanics Symposium was held as a satellite meeting of the XXI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. The meeting took place at the National Yang Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan, June 27-29, 2007. Over 100 registered delegates listened to 64 presentations of original work and exchanged ideas during discussions.

For the first time, the Symposium began with a special tutorial lecture on “The Human Foot from Early Child to Adulthood” by Ewald Hennig and Julie Steele. Three stimulating keynote lectures were provided by Gert-Peter Brüggemann “Motion Control Concepts Revisited”, Craig Payne “Forces, Motion and Outcomes with Foot Orthoses and Running Shoes” and Darren Stefanyshyn “Can Footwear Affect Sport Performance?”. The Symposium culminated with an entertaining banquet at the exquisite Grand Hotel including presentation of awards and announcement of the Nike Prize, local entertainment and even an appearance by the Iliotibial Band.

Special thanks to Sai Wei Yang who managed the local arrangements in Taipei with great success and Ned Frederick who diligently prepared the scientific program.

Sponsors

The generosity of the Symposium’s sponsors made it possible to minimize registration fees, invite guest speakers and provide financial prizes for the research awards. Thank you to all of the sponsors.

Scientific Awards

adidas Applied Research Award

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:

José Olaso, Juan Carlos González, Sandra Alemany, Enric Medina, Amparo López, Carlos Martín, Jaime Prat and Carlos Soler Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia, Spain

“Study of the influence of fitting and walking condition in foot dorsal pressure”

La-New Young Investigator Award

The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution by a young investigator in footwear biomechanics was awarded to:

Marlene Mauch, S. Grau, I. Krauss, C. Maiwald, T. Horstmann Medical University Clinic, Department of Sports Medicine, Tuebingen, Germany

“New designs in children’s footwear based on a foot type classification”

Li-Ning Basic Research Award

The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution to basic research in footwear biomechanics was awarded to:

 Jason Tak-Man Cheung, Bruno Bouchet, Ming Zhang, Benno M. Nigg Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada Department of Health Technology & Infomatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong  

“A 3d finite element simulation of foot-shoe interface”

Nike Performance Research Award

The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution to performance research in footwear biomechanics was awarded to:

Elissa Phillips, Uwe Kersting Department of Sport Exercise Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

“The effect of shoe sole modifications on lower extremity loading in change of direction tasks on artificial turf”

RSScan Pressure Research Award

The $1000 prize for the paper which, in the view of the judges, made the most significant contribution to pressure research in footwear biomechanics was awarded to:

Christian Maiwald, S. Grau, M. Mauch, I. Krauss, T. Horstmann Medical University Clinic, Department of Sports Medicine, Tuebingen, Germany

“Relationship of plantar pressure patterns and lower limb kinematics in barefoot running”