Please download the oral and poster presentation guidelines.
Please note the programme below is still subject to changes at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Conducting, interpreting, and reporting force plate assessments in professional sports environments: underpinning theories, critical evaluation, and future directions.
Dr John McMahon (University of Salford)
Portable force plate systems are now commonplace in professional sports environments. Sports practitioners may, therefore, be considered the global leaders when it comes to the number of force plate tests being conducted on a regular basis. To fit neatly into the athletes’ training sessions, force plate testing should be efficient and data reporting should be quick and intuitive, whilst minimising measurement error. In this workshop, delegates will have the opportunity to act as sports practitioners and/or athletes by running and/or participating in a battery of contemporary force plate tests. Those who act as athletes will receive instant feedback on their performances (if permission is granted). A discussion of relevant underpinning theories and a critical evaluation of current practice will supplement the predominantly hands-on workshop and provide a framework for recommending future directions for force plate testing in professional sports environments.
Scholarship of biomechanics teaching - tbc
Interested in hosting a pre-conference event - please contact the organisers
Cricket - From paper to practice: Bridging the gap between cricket fast bowling research and the players on the field
Over the last 15 years biomechanical research has heavily focussed on fast bowling in cricket to understand cause and effect relationships linked to increasing performance and reducing injury risk. In isolation these studies, whilst providing valuable confirmation, are often limited in their application due their specificity. This session will review the current understanding of fast bowling technique and the development of a deterministic model suitable for coaching. The application and impact of this model will be demonstrated using examples from applied practice.
Cycling - The shift from marginal gains to huge gains: the importance of rider positioning in continuing British Cycling’s dominance
Dr Deborah Newton (British Cycling, @debssides) & Ed Clancy (3 x Olympic Champion)
British Cycling’s dominance at the Olympic Games from 2008-2016 is often attributed to the aerodynamic advantage achieved through ‘marginal gains’ of bike and skinsuit development. However as other Nations began to catch up with the technical developments we had to look elsewhere to maintain the competitive advantage. This session will talk through how the aerodynamics and biomechanics of rider positioning played a huge part in the Tokyo 2020 cycle, along with a look forward to Paris 2024 and beyond. The session will include a practical demonstration of some of the methodologies used, along with a Q&A with 3-time Olympic Champion Ed Clancy on his experiences and how the landscape changed across 4 Olympic Cycles.
Gymnastics Applied Session: Enhancing understanding of skill acquisition and performance through an examination of the synthesis between motor control, biomechanics, and coaching
Prof. Gareth Irwin (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Prof. Karl M Newell (University of Georgia, USA), and Dr. Roman Farana (University of Ostrava, Cz)
This session will explore how the synthesis between biomechanics, motor control and coaching facilitates understanding of skilled motor performance and injury risk. This session will elaborate from the constructs of Bernstein (1967) and his ideas on skill acquisition as the mastery of the redundant Degrees of Freedom. We will discuss how the constructs of self-organisation, emergent coordinative structures and the role of variability informs our understanding of the control of whole-body multi-joint movement skills (Newell, 1986, 1991), with an emphasis on gymnastics. In addition, we relate this analysis to propositions of fundamental skills and how these may align with the constructs of universality, uniqueness and generalization (Newell, 2020; Newell & Irwin, 2021). Examples from a variety of gymnastic skills will be presented with implications for future directions of training and human movement.
Biomechanical Support to Elite Long and Triple Jumpers
Dr Phil Graham-Smith (Aspire Academy, @philipgrahamsm2) & Prof. Adrian Lees (emeritus LJMU)
This session will provide an overview of the support provided to British Athletics jumps squads by LJMU in the early 1990’s, and how it has evolved to the current day. Both Professor Adrian Lees and Dr Philip Graham-Smith will demonstrate how their applied research and athlete support contributed to coach education programmes during a golden era for British jumpers. From the initial research identifying the critical determinants of technique, developing technical models to underpinning that with the assessment of specific physical qualities, the session will progress to outline how technology and biomechanical data is being used in the current era to identify ‘what it takes to win’ and providing immediate feedback and support on the track. They will be joined by Femi Akinsanya, Director of Athletics at Loughborough University who will discuss how he benefited from the support as a former international athlete and how he has translated the research and support into his coaching practice.
Markerless Motion Capture
Dr Richard Foster (Liverpool John Moores University)
Markerless motion capture has existed in various guises for many years and its use and application in biomechanics is growing. This session will showcase some examples of existing markerless motion capture technology in practice. Ongoing validation work and applied examples of markerless motion capture will be presented. This will be followed by a discussion regarding the current strengths and weaknesses for biomechanics researchers, clinicians and coaches aiming to use markerless motion capture in the near future.
Rehab4Performance is a brand new state-of the art athlete rehabilitation centre in Speke set up by former Liverpool FC / Football Association physiotherapist Matt Konopinski. They offer advice on physiotherapy, performance medicine, strength and conditioning, soft-tissue therapy etc. You will follow the footsteps of elite athletes during their recovery and understand the role that specialist knowledge and the latest technology (including markerless motion capture) has on returning to sport. Transport to and from the venue will be provided.