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.