Keynote Lectures

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Karen RoemerOpening Lecture: Biomechanical Modeling Applied to Human Movement Analysis, by Karen Roemer (pictured at right)

Dyson Lecture: Presented by Barry Bates

Youngblood Lecture: Presented by Ezio Preatoni

Keynote Lectures:

Paralympic Sports—The next frontier for sports science, by Justin Keogh

Biomechanical Factors in Sprint Training, by Drew Harrison

Performance and Health Concepts in Artistic Gymnastics, by Elizabeth Bradshaw

Kicking in Soccer, by Thorsten Sterzing

Baseball Pitching, by Glenn Fleisig

About the Speakers

Barry T. Bates

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Barry T. Bates is a University of Oregon professor emeritus, adjunct professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and president of Human Performance & Wellness, Inc. His interests and activities include: human performance/human factors consulting, forensic services, biomechanics research, lower extremity function, running and running injuries, athletic footwear expertise, backward (retro) locomotion, exercise equipment design and evaluation and single subject performance strategies.

Bates was the founder and is the current President of the BioDynamics Foundation, which serves to fund students and special projects related to the study of human performance. Dr. Bates’ honors have included invitations to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1979), International Relations Delegation to the Soviet Union (1979), Beijing Institute of Physical Education (1988) and International Conference on Women in Egypt (1995). In 1984, he was chosen as one of 25 sports medicine experts as a member of Runner’s World Sports Medicine All-Star Team. He was also a member of NASA’s Glove Technology workshop in 1985, selected as a member of ASICS International Sport Science and Sports Medicine Forum in 1996, elected to the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 1986, and was certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners in 1997. Dr. Bates was granted the Ruth B. Glassow Award from the Biomechanics Academy in acknowledgment of his contributions in applied biomechanics.

Elizabeth Bradshaw

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Elizabeth Bradshaw is senior lecturer, in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Until early 2005 she was the biomechanics program director for the New Zealand Academy of Sport-North, and had previously been a biomechanics consultant for the Australian Institute of Sport.

She is currently an adviser for the Gymnastics Australia - Sports Science and Sports Medicine Committee, a Board Director (2007-2011) for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Sports Biomechanics. Last year she hosted the 3rd Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science conference at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She has had numerous journal articles published. Her research areas of interest are in biomechanics of sport technique and mechanims of injury and biomechanics and motor control of human gait.

Glenn Fleisig

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Glenn Fleisig has been with the American Sports Medicine Institute for 23 years, and has worked with James Andrews, M.D., and other colleagues to understand and prevent sports injuries. Much of his work has focused on throwing biomechanics, particularly baseball pitching.  He has analyzed thousands of baseball pitchers of all ages, including athletes from half of the 30 Major League Baseball teams.  In addition, Dr. Fleisig has effected sports medicine in the U.S. and other countries through presentations at scientific conferences; more than 100 scientific publications; countless interviews on television, magazines, newspapers, and Web sites; and by helping to change the safety rules of Little League Baseball and USA Baseball. 

Topics of his scientific publications include the biomechanics of baseball throws, tennis serve, softball windmill pitch, American football pass, golf swing, and volleyball serve and spike. Fleisig earned his engineering degrees from MIT, Washington University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Drew Harrison

Drew Harrison is head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He initially qualified in physical education and has completed MSc and PhD degrees by research thesis on the biomechanics of motor development. His current major research interests are on biomechanics of training for sprinting and jumping activities and the application of functional data analysis in biomechanics. Harrison has served the ISBS as a member of the Board of Directors and was secretary general 2006-2007. He was co-chair of the ISBS Conference in Limerick in 2009. His other major interest is in coaching track and field athletics and since 1996 he has coached athletes of all levels including Olympic Games and World Championships.

Justin Keogh

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Justin Keogh received his PhD in exercise xcience from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Griffith University Gold Coast, Australia, in 2006.  This was achieved after receiving his bachelor of health science (sport and exercise science) and bachelor of human movement studies (honors) from Griffith University Gold Coast and Southern Cross University, respectively. 

Keogh's primary teaching involves classes in biomechanics, motor control and strength and conditioning at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is on the boards of several national and international associations and journals, including the Board of Directors for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, where he is currently serving his second consecutive two year term. Justin has been the New Zealand Paralympic powerlifting team coach since 2007 and in this capacity coached the team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Justin is an active strongman and ex-powerlifter and is currently the President of the AUT Strongman and Powerlifting Club. He has supervised one PhD, eight masters and one honors student and has published over 45 peer reviewed publications in the general areas of strength and conditioning and biomechanics.

Ezio Preatoni

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Ezio Preatoni received the laurea degree (BS and MS) in biomedical engineering (2003) and his of doctor of philosophy in bioengineering (2007) from Politecnico di Milano. He currently is a research fellow at the same university investigating the topics “Development and application of methods for the longitudinal monitoring of athletic skills” and “Design in sports: man, performance and equipment”. His research topics are sports biomechanics, functional assessment and ergonomics.     

He was awarded the “Hans Gros New Investigator Award 2008” by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, and he was a co-author of work that won the same award in 2007. He was winner of the “Stefano Benetton 2008” award assigned for best Italian dissertations on sports by VerdeSport SpA in collaboration with Assicurazioni Generali.     

From 2006 to 2008 he was tenure-track lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, where he taught electronics and informatics in bioengineering for sports science students. Since 2004 he has been teaching assistant of several classes concerning biomechanics and functional evaluation, including: “Methods and Instruments for Functional Evaluation” at the Department of Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano; “Bioengineering Applied to Ergonomics” and “Laboratory of Industrial Design II” at the Department of Industrial Design, Art, Communication and Fashion of Politecnico di Milano;  “Theory, Technique and Didactics of Motor Activities for the Adult and the Elderly” and “Laboratory of Physics” for sports science students at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano.     

He is author of 26 peer reviewed international papers in the field of sports biomechanics, functional assessment and ergonomics (five in international journals and 21 in congress proceedings). He is member of the ISBS and of the FBG, and he has been referee for “Sports Biomechanics” and for the “International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation.”

Karen Roemer

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Karen Roemer received her PhD in Sports Science from the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. Her area of expertise is biomechanical modeling and human movement analysis. In Germany she worked in the Olympic Training Centers in Stuttgart and Saarbruecken. Afterwards she started with her doctorate program and worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Mechatronics in Chemnitz and lecturer at the Chemnitz University of Technology. In 2004 she finished 2nd in the New Investigators Award of ISBS and in 2005 she received the German Karl-Hofmann-Dissertation Award for her PhD thesis. She taught numerous classes in biomechanics, sports technology and movement analysis. After finishing her post-doctorate in Chemnitz she became an assistant professor for biomechanics at Michigan Technological University in 2008. There, she developed the Human Movement Biomechanics Research Lab within the Exercise Science Program and has been teaching classes in biomechanics and kinesiology.

She has been a member of ISBS since 1998 and a Member of the Board of Directors since 2004.

Karen Roemer

Thorsten Sterzing

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Thorsten Sterzing received his Ph.D. in sports science (biomechanics) from the University of Duisburg-Essen. His dissertation examined the influence of soccer shoes on kicking velocity in full instep soccer kicks. He has taught classes in biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports medicine, biological principals of human movement and research methods at the undergrad level at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany.

His research areas include biomechanics of the lower extremities, foot sensitivity and motor performance, athletic footwear, ball propulsion in sports, and soccer. For more than ten years he has been involved in Footwear Research, having worked with Nike, USA and Puma, Germany. He’s a member of the Executive Board of the Footwear Biomechanics Group, a technical group of the ISB and a new member of the ISBS. He has supervised 30 master's students and six doctorate students and is author/co-author of 25 peer reviewed publications and 61 presentations at national and international meetings. He carries coach licenses in soccer, tennis and alpine skiing.