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9 April 2021 | Solent University

Assoc Prof Adam Hawkey, Solent University As Chair of the Organising Committee I am delighted to welcome you to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Biomechanics Interest Group (BIG) 2021 Meeting, to be held (virtually) here at Solent University Southampton on Friday 9 April.

The event, in association with the National Biomechanics Day (NBD) initiative, will be a celebration of all things biomechanics, “the breakthrough science of the 21st century”. There will be dedicated sessions on both clinical and sports biomechanics to reflect the environments that biomechanists operate in. There will also be links made to associated disciplines of Sports Engineering, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Further details regarding registration, and the platform used for the event will be conveyed in due course. Please do look through the conference website for details on our programme and the experts who will be speaking at the event.

Assoc. Professor Adam Hawkey FBASES
BASES BIG2021 Chair

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Keynote speakers

Dr Janie WilsonProfessor Janie L Wilson PhD
Professor of Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University.

Janie runs a multidisciplinary research program in human movement biomechanics, with a focus on understanding the role of joint biomechanics and muscle activity in the initiation, progression and treatment of knee osteoarthritis with arthroplasty surgery. She has specific interest in understanding how female sex and obesity interact with joint biomechanics in injury and disease, as well as the advancement of statistical modeling and data analytics in biomechanics. She is the President of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and a past President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society.

Dr Philip Graham-SmithDr Philip Graham-Smith
Head of Biomechanics and Innovation, Aspire Academy

Dr Philip Graham-Smith has a long and established career as a biomechanist working in academia, professional sport and private industry. He is currently Head of Biomechanics and Innovation at Aspire Academy in Qatar and was formerly Head of Department and Associate Head of School for Business and Engagement at the University of Salford. He is a Fellow of BASES, a BOA registered Performance Analyst and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Phil provided biomechanical support to UK Athletics jumps squads for over 21 years prior to arriving in Qatar. He was consultant Head of Biomechanics to the English Institute of Sport in the four years, leading to London 2012, and was a consultant to the footwear company FitFlops. He is also the co-founder of the ForceDecks system, which is embedded in over 500 high performances sport teams worldwide and has brought biomechanics to life in a very practical way.

Headshot of Dr Martin WarnerDr Martin Warner
Lecturer in Health Sciences, University of Southampton

Dr Martin Warner works within the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Versus Arthritis. Martin’s research experience involves understanding the biomechanical mechanisms of joint dysfunction, specifically the upper limb and shoulder, in sport and physical activity.

Laura Jade ElstubDr Laura Jade Elstub (Judson), @LauraJuds

Laura is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the CREATe lab at Vanderbilt University, where her research focuses on the development of wearable technology and exosuits to decrease injury risk in a range of different populations and use cases. She completed her PhD in biomechanics at Sheffield Hallam in 2019, whilst also teaching on the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Technology programmes. Laura has also previously worked for adidas, where she used biomechanical techniques to inform the design of sports bras and running shoes.

Shane KingShane King, @shaneking37

Shane is a PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering in the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He studies the human stumble recovery response, for transfemoral prosthesis users in particular, and his work includes the biomechanical analysis of the stumble response and the design and validation of a stumble recovery controller for a powered knee prosthesis. He earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2017.

Maura EveldMaura Eveld, @EveldMaura

Maura is a mechanical engineering PhD student at Vanderbilt University's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, where she studies the biomechanics of stumble recovery, using experimental insights to design and control assistive technology interventions (eg, prostheses and exoskeletons) that can reduce fall risk. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2017.

Cameron NurseCameron Nurse, @CamNurse96

Cameron is a mechanical engineering PhD student at Vanderbilt University in the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. His research focuses on developing and assessing wearable technology to mitigate injury and improve performance. In 2018, Cameron received his B.S. from Boston University where he was a part of the Division 1 NCAA track and field team. He completed his M.S in Bioengineering from Northeastern University in 2020, having conducted research on the injury risks that accompany frontal plane asymmetrical running gait.

Rachel TeaterRachel Teater, @rachelteater21

Rachel is a mechanical engineering PhD student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her research as a part of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology focuses on developing and evaluating ankle-foot prostheses to improve the mobility of transtibial prosthetic device users. She is currently evaluating how adding a flexible toe-joint to a prosthetic device impacts user biomechanics and functional ability during locomotion and daily living tasks. Rachel received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2018.


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