14. - 18. june 2017
German Sport University Cologne
35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports

Important Dates

Deadline Submission 15th February 2017
Registration Open 22nd March 2017
Conference Opening 14th June 2017
Conference Closing 18th June 2017


07/07/2017 Proceedings of ISBS2017 are online

05/31/2017 Final scientific program is online

05/24/2017 Follow us on twitter @isbs_2017 #ISBS2017

05/12/2017 Workshops are online

04/27/2017 Presentation Guidelines are online

04/07/2017 We appreciate our Conference Sponsors

03/14/2017 Applied Sessions are online

03/12/2017 Accommodation and travel planning is updated

02/02/2017 Check out our social program

01/27/2017 Keynote speakers are announced

ISBS Society Sponsors



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Conference Sponsors

To market your brand of innovative technology to internationally recognized researchers, practitioners and students in the area of biomechanics, the ISBS 2017 conference presents a unique and perfect opportunity. As part of the trade display, your product will have the exposure to a worldwide audience of experts from every continent. We would be delighted to discuss with you any prospect which best suits your company in this conference that will give your firm maximum exposure to professional ISBS members from across the world. If you are interested in becoming an ISBS 2017 Exhibitor or Sponsor, please contact the conference office, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Potthast: Phone +49 221 4982 5630
Email potthast@dshs-koeln.de

Venue – German Sport University Cologne

Conference Registration


To register for the conference please log in to your Profile and use the Registration Button. If you did not create a profile yet, please create one using the „Create Profile Button“. Please find a link to the list of registration fees here.

Make sure you check out our social program and choose your priorities during the registration process.

For participants wishing to become a member of ISBS, the society offers to register for the conference as New Member or New Student member, this includes the reduced conference registration fee plus a two year ISBS (Student) Membership. Students who want to become a New student Member of ISBS should also send a copy of their valid student ID to: isbs2017@dshs-koeln.de



Key Dates

Deadline Submission          15th February 2017
Registration Open              22nd March 2017
Conference Opening           14th June 2017
Conference Closing            18th June 2017



Musculo-skeletal loading in sports and physical activity        

Teaching and coaching of and with biomechanics            

Relationship of load and adaptation       

Biomechanics of injury and overload prevention                                           

Management of musculo-skeletal loading

Biomechanics of adapted and paralympic sports

Sports and sports medical technology                                        

Enhancement of human performance

Sports technology and sports equipment                                    

Modelling and Computer Simulation

Strength, Conditioning and Training                                           

Muscle & Tissue Mechanics

Neuromuscular Biomechanics

Improving the performance capacity of the musculo-skeletal system

Registration Fees


Cologne offers a wide range of accomodation options. The provided link (click here) refers you to a hotel search portal where you can search for available hotels. If you plan to access the Conference destination (German Sport University) by public transport, please pick a hotel within walking distance to the tram line 1. Below you will find a selection of Hotels and Hostels we recommend, as they are in walking distance to tram line 1. Click (here) for course of tram line 1.


Selection of Hotels near to tram line 1:

AMERON Hotel Regent: https://www.ameronhotels.com/de/hotel-regent-koeln

Steigenberger Hotel Köln: https://www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/germany/cologne/steigenberger-hotel-koeln

Dorint Hotel Köln Junkersdorf: https://hotel-koeln-junkersdorf.dorint.com/de/

Conti Hotel: http://www.conti-hotel.de/english/index.html

Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Köln Altstadt: https://www.novum-hotels.de/hotel-ahl-meerkatzen-koeln

Hotel Triton: http://www.hoteltriton.de/

Meiniger Hotel Köln City Center: http://www.meininger-hotels.com/de/hotels/koeln/

Hotel Altera Pars: http://www.alterapars-koeln.de/kontakt


Selection of Hostels near tram line 1:

A&O Köln Neumarkt: https://www.aohostels.com/de/koeln/koeln-neumarkt/

Hostel Köln: http://hostel.ag/

Travel planning

DB train tickets

For the participants of the ISBS, the cologne convention bureau, in cooperation with the “Deutsche Bahn”, offers discounted train tickets. These tickets are valid within Germany for arrival and departure, regardless of the departure point. With the keyword (listed below) each participant can make their reservation by telephone more than three days before the beginning of the conference (starting 6 month before). The ticket can be printed on each ticket machine of the DB (Deutsche Bahn). Next to the keyword, a valid credit card number is required to finalize the registration. Please find the link here.


Phone contact: +49(0)1806311153

Keyword: "Tagen mit dem CCB" or "Meeting Cologne"

Payment by credit card

Nationwide consistent for specific train: 2. class: 99 € /  1. class 159€

Nationwide consistent price not issued for specific train: 2. class: 139 € /  1. class 199€


Travelling from different airports (CGL, DUS, FRA) to Cologne 
AirportStarting point (Train Station)Final Destination (Train Station)PlatformDirection of the TrainType of Train
Airport Cologne/ Bonn (CLG)Cologne/ Bonn AirportCologne Main Station/ Cologne Messe Deutz2-E-FDüren




Airport Cologne/ Bonn (CLG)Cologne/ Bonn AirportCologne Main Station/ Cologne Messe Deutz2-E-FDüren



Airport Düsseldorf (DUS)Düsseldorf AirportCologne Main Station/ Cologne Messe Deutz4Koblenz (Hbf)

Regional Express


Airport Düsseldorf (DUS)Düsseldorf AirportCologne Main Station6Cologne/ Bonn Airport

Regional Express


Airport Frankfurt/ Main (FRA)Frankfurt/ Main Airport Railway StationCologne Main Station OR Cologne Messe Deutz (depends on the train)6 OR 7Dortmund (Hbf) (mainly)Intercity-Express (ICE)


When the plane ticket is booked the final destination of the train (Cologne Main Station or Cologne Messe Deutz) can be chosen as the final destination for the plane ticket. With this opportunity, the train ticket is booked as well and is included with the plane ticket.


With the following link the information how to get from the airports to Cologne can be downloaded:


Students Incentives

Reduced Registration Fee

We offer a reduced registration fee to those still in full-time education. For those wanting to become an ISBS Student Member, we offer to register as New Student Member. This includes the conference registration fee plus a two year ISBS Student Membership.


New Investigator Award (NIA)

ISBS offers awards for the best oral and poster presentations (top 3 of each) to encourage students to submit their research as a first author with the guidance of their respective faculties. To be considered for the NIA, students have to meet the award criteria which can be seen here.

The applicant must indicate that they would like to be considered for the NIA when they submit their conference paper. The applicant must also send their supporting documents (evidence of current enrolment or graduation) to the VP of Awards (n.smith@chi.ac.uk).


Student Mentor Program

We are pleased to invite world renowned sport biomechanists as keynote lectures. At the Students’ Mentor Program we expect that the well-known senior researchers talk to young researchers and students to stimulate them, looking back on his/her career as a scientist. We believe that this will attract students to listen to the cutting-edge technology and research done by world-class sports biomechanists.


Student night

The student night of ISBS 2017 will include a beachvolleyball session on the "playa of cologne" (on campus) and a barbecue for all registered students who applied for it during the registration process. It will be a great opportunity to get in touch with students from all around the world!


Student Travel Grants

The ISBS Student Travel Grant financially supports ISBS student members with up to 500€ in attending the Annual Conference. Please download the application form (here) and send the completed form with your student ID to Dr. Gerda Strutzenberger before April 17th 2017. Email: Gerda.Strutzenberger@sbg.ac.at

Conference Organizing Committee


Head & Host: Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Potthast

Scientific Committee: Dr. Anja Niehoff & Sina David

Applied Sessions and Workshops:  Ralf Müller & Josef Viellehner

Student Liaison: Johannes Funken

Social Program: Katina Fischer

Exhibition: Josef Viellehner

Registration & Webpage: Johannes Funken & Dr. Steffen Willwacher

IT & Technical Support: Dr. Björn Braunstein & Mark Sander


Applied Sessions

Performance Analysis of Pole Vaulting (Falk Schade), Thursday afternoon

Pole vault training session at the pole vault measuring station Leverkusen with support of energy considerations. (Details)


Why Dynamical Systems? The Application to Sport (Joseph Hamill), Saturday morning

The purpose of this session is to present how a dynamical systems approach can be applied to the analysis of sports related movements. (Details)


Muscle Tendon mechanics (Kirsten Albracht), Friday morning

The purpose of this session is to present the function and plasticity of the human Achilles tendon and to discuss implications for sport performance. The session will also give an introduction to ultrasound techniques to assess tendon properties and fascicle behavior during movements. (Details)


Performance Analysis of Swimming (Bruce Mason), Friday morning

The biomechanical analysis of elite competition swimming consists of three separate phases associated with swimming performance: Free Swim analysis, Start, Turn and Relay Changeover. (Details)


Performance Analysis of Bobsleigh Starts (Jan Goldmann), Thursday morning

The applied session gives insights into the analysis of bobsleigh start performance and the collaboration of the German Sport University Cologne, The German Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation and The Federal Institute of Sport Science in Germany. (Details)


(Wednesday,  June 14th 2017,  8:30 - 17:00)


Statistical Parametric Mapping 8:30 – 16:30

SPM is the analysis technique that allows the statistical analysis of typical biomechanical data e.g. 1D curves and vectors. It allows to avoid subjective analysis decisions. Actually it works like the basic statistical analyses we all know, such as t-tests, ANOVA, and linear regression, but it extends these to one-dimensional profiles of forces or kinematics. (Details)

Register: jos.vanrenterghem@kuleuven.be


A new method for evaluation of sport specific performance and injury mechanisms within competitions - 3D markerless motion capture 10:45– 11:45

This workshop presents a new approach of markerless 3D motion capture that can be applied in regular trainings or even competitions. Unlike other markerless approaches, precise data for biomechanical analysis are extracted. (Details)

Register: info@isbs2017.org


Sensing foot dynamics with Moticon SCIENCE sensor insoles 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will show the potential of Moticon SCIENCE for innovative field studies. Within hands-on demo setups, the complete range of possibilities will be presented, such as fast handling, easy video synchronization, and automated reports based on intelligent pattern recognition. (Details)

Register: sales@moticon


Latest camera technology used with ViconMotus 3D a practical workshop from recording to 3D kinematic data. 13:00 – 15:00

In this workshop CONTEMPLAS will explain how latest camera technology affects and simplifies recording processes in laboratory and outdoor applications. TEMPLO software will record a simple movement by using either reflective or LED markers with multiple HD high-speed cameras. (Details)

Register: info@contemplas.com


Connect Eye and Body Movements: How Mocap systems and Eye Tracking systems can practically be integrated for biomechanics research. 13:00 – 14:30

This workshop hosted by Qualisys in conjunction with SensoMotoric Instruments will focus on how Mocap systems and Eye Tracking systems can be integrated for biomechanics research to make complex estimations of athletes’ kinetics and performance in indoor and outdoor situations. (Details)

Register: http://www.qualisys.com/workshops-and-user-group-meetings/


Biomechanical Performance Analysis in the field - Modern mobile multiparametric approches with EMG, inertial sensors and kinetic analysis 15:30 – 17:00

The goal of this workshop is to show the possibilities of state of the art biomechanical sensors, but also showing ways of explaining the resulting data to non-biomechanical experts that base their decisions on it. (Details)

Register: info@velamed.com

Keynote speakers

The organizing committee is proud to present the keynote speakers of the ISBS

Walter Herzog (University of Calgary, Canada, Geoffrey Dyson lecture)


Dr. Herzog did his undergraduate training in Physical Education at the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1979), completed his doctoral research in biomechanics at the University of Iowa (USA) in 1985, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience and Biomechanics in Calgary, Canada in 1987. Currently, Dr. Herzog is a Professor of Biomechanics with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine, holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, and is appointed the Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary.  His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction and the biomechanics of joints with focus on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Herzog is the recipient of the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and is the past president of the International, American and Canadian Societies for Biomechanics and was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.

Caroline Nicol (University of Marseille, France)


Dr Caroline Nicol, senior lecturer – HDR at the Faculty of Sport Sciences of Aix-Marseille University. She performed her PhD studies in Finland under the supervision of Pr Paavo V. Komi, a pioneer in the use of innovative technologies (buckle, optic fiber, ultrasonography) to investigate human movements. Her research focuses on the links between basic and applied research enriching the understanding of (i) the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) in human locomotion, (ii) coping mechanisms in situations of external (usually high impacts; partial unweighting) and/or prolonged internal disturbances (SSC type fatigue), and (iii) horse-rider coupling in condition of prolonged effort. Actively involved in the European College of Sport Sciences for more than 25 years, she has strong international collaborations with Pr P.V. Komi, Dr M. Ishikawa and Pr J. Cabri.

Martyn Shorten (Biomechanica Portland, USA, Sports Technology)


Martyn Shorten received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK, in 1984. Before starting his own business in 1992, he was employed as Director of the NIKE Sport Research Laboratory and as Director ofResearch Design and Product Development for PUMA AG. Shorten has been active in sports-related research and product development since 1978, with a primary focus on applying biomechanics research to the development of safety and performance enhancing products.

 While Shorten’s basic and applied research has won international recognition, he is a self-styled “recovering academic”, preferring to using science and technology as tools for developing applications and products. He is a frequent author and invited speaker on topics related to the biomechanics ofhuman performance and injury, and their links to athletic footwear, sports surface and sports equipment design. His company, BioMechanica LLC, provides research, development and testing services to leading sporting goods manufacturers and other businesses and his patented inventions have been widely employed in footwear, apparel, protective equipment and surfacing products.

 Since 2008, BioMechanica has hosted the “Runner’s World Shoe Lab” and Shorten has acted as the magazine’s Technical Editor, providing test results for Shoe Guides and other science support for the magazine’s publications in 18 countries.

Shorten is also a co-founder and former President of Skydex, Inc., a Denver company that manufactures high-performance impact attenuating materials for military, sports and other applications based on patented technology developed by Shorten and others.

 Shorten has been an active member of the International Society of Biomechanics since 1983, and served on the Society’s Executive Council from 2001-2003. In 1993, he established a working group that became the ISB’s Footwear Biomechanics Group., an international forum for academics, clinicians and industry researchers. In 2009, the group created the “Martyn Shorten Award for Innovation”, sponsored by RSscan International, in recognition of his contributions.

Shorten has served as Chairman of the ASTM International Committee on Sports Equipment and Facilities and as a member of the Committee on Standards. He is active in the development of standards for footwear, artificial turf and playground surfacing, chairing ASTM’s subcommittees on AthleticFootwear and Test Methods and Practices. In 2006, ASTM International’s Board of Directors presented Shorten with Fellowship of the Society and the ASTM Award of Merit, the society’s highest award, for distinguished service.

Peter Weyand (Southern Methodist University, USA)


Dr. Peter Weyand is the Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness at Southern Methodist University.  Prior to coming to SMU, Dr. Weyand directed research efforts at Harvard University's Concord Field Station, a large animal facility specializing in terrestrial locomotion and the Locomotion Laboratory of Rice University. His research subjects have included antelope, emus, rodents and professional athletes with and without limb amputations.

 Dr. Weyand’s scholarly work focuses on mechanics, metabolism and performance at the whole body level.  His expertise in these areas has led to him serve as a lead investigator in a number of high-profile projects. These include the "Michael Johnson, Wired Athlete" project prior to the 2000 Olympics, the Oscar Pistorius project prior to an appeal hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland in 2008, and the “Physics of Basketball Flopping” project examining the mechanics of contact sport collisions. Dr. Weyand currently serves as the lead scientist for the biomechanics and bio-modeling portion of the Sub-2-Hour marathon project based in the United Kingdom with satellite operations in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Hiroaki Hobara (AIST Tokyo, Japan)


Dr. Hiroaki Hobara is a research scientist at the National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Human Sciences from Waseda University (2008), and completed his post-doctoral training at National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (Japan), and University of Maryland, College Park (USA). Dr. Hobara received Promising Young Scientist Award from International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in 2013. His overarching research focus is the analysis of human movement, with a special focus on lower-limb prostheses. Over the last 10 years Dr. Hobara published 40 refereed journal papers and 60 refereed conference papers regarding jump mechanics, amputee locomotion and prosthetic sprinting.

Gert-Peter Brüggemann (German Sport University Cologne, Germany)


Dr. Brüggemann received his undergraduate training in mathematics and human movement sciences at the Universities Muenster and Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 1980 he obtained a doctoral degree at the University of Frankfurt/Main in Biomechanics. He accepted an Associate Professor position at the German Sport University of Cologne in 1984. There Dr. Brüggemann received a full professorship in human movement science in 1993. Since 2000 he has held a professorship in Biomechanics and is the director of the Institute for Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sport University. This multi-disciplinary research institute concentrates on the study of the human body, its movements and its biological tissue response to mechanical loading related to exercise using micro- and macroscopic approaches.

Dr. Brüggemann’s research concentrates on human movement and the related mechanical loading of biological structures in sports and daily life activities. He is interested in the application of movement related products for able bodied and handicapped, recreational and elite athletes such as sport shoes, playing surfaces, sport equipment, braces, orthoses and prostheses. Dr. Brüggemann has collaborated with many sporting goods, footwear and health care companies.

Dr. Brüggemann received an honorary professorship from the Shanghai University of Sport and was a member of the IOC Medical Commission, Sub-commission on Biomechanics and Physiology for twelve years. He participated in the IOC biomechanics projects at the Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004.

Brüggemann’s research is funded by the German Research Foundation, the German Federal Institute of Sport Sciences, the Federal Ministry of Research, the European Community, the European Space Agency, the footwear industry, the health care industry and international sport bodies.

Social program

On saturday afternoon (June 17th 2017) all registered conference attendees are invited to join our social tours. You can choose between seven unique tours to get an impression of the great city of cologne. After the individual tours in smaller groups we will gather and start for a surprise tour to complete an eventful day in a great ambience all together.

Additionally we offer an accompanying person program on wednesday june 15th.

1.     #urbanCGN Belgisches Viertel – City Life & City Lights


Today the Belgian quarter is one of Colognes hotspots for fashion and design, bars and clubs as well as street art and (art) galleries. The development of the former 19th century residential area to the place to be of today has undergone various processes of change. These can be witnessed in manifold facades of the quarter's urban image: Corner shops, neon ads and urban art, the architecture of the buildings and the city tell the tales of one of Colognes most unique areas. They visualize how international design and style are absorbed and adopted by the local scene. The walking tour will lead us through one of the most diverse urban landscapes of Cologne and introduce you to the ongoing trends in all variations.

See Video here

2.     Walking tour through the old town - Local characters, anecdotes and


What makes Cologne so special? What is typically Kölsch? Perhaps you have heard of Tünnes and Schäl or the infamous Cologne Klüngel? Or perhaps some of the many well-known songs, which young and old ask about and do not have to be sung just during carnival? Or the numerous stories and anecdotes that people like to tell about the city and its inhabitants tongue-in-cheek? At the end of this fun walking tour through the old town, you' ll be sure to agree "Cologne is a Feeling"!

3.       Walking tour through the Rheinauhafen


Fascinating about Cologne's newest quarter is its unmistakeable origin as a harbour that was converted into a high-quality commercial and residential area. In addition to the former port authority, historical warehouses and old cranes as technical monuments, the so-called crane houses and other new buildings dominate the picture. The quarter is essentially characterized by office buildings such as that of microsoft, residential complexes, the art-otel and restaurants. The Rhine quay has become a popular promenade that stretches along the whole length of the historical harbour.

4.       Walking tour in the old town and guided tour in the Cologne Cathedral


This tour presents the most interesting facets of Cologne's past and present. In addition to visiting the world-famous Cathedral you will receive insights into the Roman colony and the medieval town of churches, merchants and guilds. Further themes during this walking tour are the city's destruction during the Second World War, its reconstruction and modern urban development as well as the typical Cologne mentality.

The world-famous Cologne Cathedral with its gigantic dimensions and rich furnishings has a breathtaking effect on its visitors even today. After the foundation stone was laid in 1248, it took more than 600 years until the Cathedral was finished in the 19th century. The many well-preserved stained-glass windows and the golden glow of the Shrine of the Three Kings determine the appearance of the interior first and foremost. Another attraction enriching the Cathedral since 2007 is the highly regarded and controversial window by Gerhard Richter.

5.       Scents of Cologne-Tour

Due to low demand we cannot offer this tour!

6.       Culinary walk


Culinary city tour with stories about Cologne’s gastronomic delights — of the past and of today.

Discover Cologne’s culinary highlights at central places such as the “Rudolfplatz” and the “Belgisches Viertel”. You’ll learn about the city’s culinary history while tasting Cologne’s specialties such as dark bread, cheese delicacies, modern Deli-Snacks, some sweets, and of course an ice cold “Kölsch”. Tasty surprises are waiting for you!

7.       Black Stories Tour


Interactive puzzle fun through Cologne's city center.

The edgy, morbid, dark tales from the black stories tour are meanwhile cult.

Like no other city Cologne is perfect for the black stories with its eventful history, impressive buildings, dazzling personalities, mythical fables and legends.

The agency for city experiences has brought the black stories Cologne Edition to the city's streets in a way that shouldn't be missed.

Together with other group participants you try to reconstruct the sequence of events leading up to the crime, along the trail of secrets at different locations. Your host is an entertaining guide. But watch out: he is only allowed to answer with “yes” or “no”!

Accompanying person program 15.06.2017


South of Bonn on the east bank of the Rhine lies the picturesque wine town of Königswinter. From here you can visit Germany’s first nature reserve, Siebengebirge. High above is Hotel Petersberg, which in the course of history was often the arena for political talks - during the Afghanistan Conference in 2001, for example. With the world’s oldest rack railway, on a donkey, or on foot you can ascend Drachenfels to its Romanesque castle ruins. From there you will be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the Rhine Valley. Halfway up Drachenfels you can visit Schloss Drachenburg, which the Bonn stockbroker Stephan von Sarter had erected in the late 19th century. Today it houses a bizarre Museum that presents the story of the Nibelungen, amongst other things.

This tour will cost additional 60 € per person and should be paid during the registration on the venue in cash.

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