Teaching Sports Biomechanics using Problem-Based Learning

This workshop will present a model of Problem-based Learning (PBL) that supports the best practices of biomechanics teaching and learning, including facilitating the development of problem-solving skills, group work and oral and written communication skills in the field of biomechanics. PBL is a learner-centered teaching approach in which students work over a period of time on a multi-faceted task that involves engaging with complex issues, solving problems, or meeting particular challenges from the real world (Buck Institute for Education, n.d.). To communicate their learning, students develop a solution to a problem or a product.

This workshop will have three core elements:

(i) An asynchronous online learning activity for all workshop participants where you will learn about the basics of PBL and prepare learning objectives for a PBL problem you wish to create for a course you teach.

(ii) A two-hour synchronous workshop where you will work in a small group with a dedicated facilitator to develop a PBL problem for a course you teach.

(iii) A follow-up optional submission of your PBL project for review and potential publication in the ISBS repository as an open education resource package.

This workshop will discuss the guiding principles and strategies involved in using PBL when teaching learners in the field of sport biomechanics and illustrate them through sample problems. Adaptations of these problems for a range of levels, and teaching contexts will be discussed. Working in small groups, workshop participants will discuss how to apply the proposed principles and strategies in their own teaching and have the option to submit and publish their problems to the sports biomechanics community at large.


Applied Cycling Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge on how to determine body position on the bike through real case studies. In this one-hour workshop you will:

(i) Learn how to use free software (i.e. Tracker) to measure joint angles in cycling

(ii) Measure joint angles in the sagittal plane for an athlete cycling (from video)

(iii) Learn about the relationship between static and dynamic joint angles and pedal forces

(iv) Review data for joint angles and pedal forces for an able-bodied cyclist and a Paralympian

This session is open to all, but due to the limited number of available spots, please register to participate in this Applied Cycling Workshop here using  this link. Continued discussion can occur in the ISBS Slack Channel (Cycling-interest-group). This workshop is supported by the Cycling Research Network.


Mother’s Cafe

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Dr Isabel Torres, co-founder & CEO of Mothers in Science (www.mothersinscience.com), to our 4th ISBS Mother’s Café during the ISBS Annual Conference. Mothers in Science held their first conference in May 2021 entitled ‘Motherhood and Career Retention in STEMM’. This conference brought together STEMM students and professionals, non-profit organizations, research institutions and science societies to discuss the structural barriers holding mothers back and to brainstorm long-term actionable solutions to close the gender gap in STEMM. Dr Torres will share findings and resources from the conference. Of course, there will be time for the informal catch up with fellow ISBS members. We will start the first hour with a catch up and the second hour with Dr Torres. This session is open to all members and delegates! Continued discussion can occur in our separate mothers-café channel within the ISBS Slack Channel.


Data Science and Sports Biomechanics Panel

Panel 1 (Monday 6th Sept at 9am AEST)

Panel 2 (Monday 6th Sept at 7pm AEST)

We are pleased to offer two separate panel discussions on Data Science in Sports Biomechanics at ISBS 2021, deliberately spanning different time zones so that attendees from around the world can tune into at least one discussion. Each discussion has panel members that are currently embedded in academic or industry data-science roles, but come from a diverse range of backgrounds including statistics, computer science, engineering and sport science. All panel members have worked in sport science or sports biomechanics. The panel discussions will touch on everything from understanding what data science is, exploring the current state-of-the-art for data science and how it can intersect with sports biomechanics in both research and practice settings, exploring how sports biomechanics and biomechanists can leverage data-science and better understanding pathways for sports biomechanists to become more involved with data-science… plus more!


Biomechanics on the driving range; following the role biomechanics has played in the path from talented juniors to major winners

This roundtable discussion with consultant golf biomechanist Ryan Lumsden, coach Ritchie Smith, consultant biomechanist Alec Buttfield and chair Kevin Ball will talk about the role biomechanics has played in the development of two elite golfers, Minjee Lee and Hannah Green. Ryan Lumsden has provided biomechanics feedback to Minjee and Hannah since they were juniors, working with their long-time coach Ritchie Smith to integrate biomechanics analysis and feedback into the development of their technique over time. Ryan has also worked with Alec Buttfield for many years, looking at ways to analyse and present golf biomechanics data to maximise learning opportunities. This discussion will provide some insights into how biomechanics can be applied to make a real difference in the longitudinal development of elite golfers.


Women in Sports Biomechanics Panel – From ‘missing ingredient’ to ‘career accelerator’: Everything you should know about sponsorship but never thought to ask.”

This year’s ISBS Women in Sports Biomechanics Event at ISBS 2021 is sponsored by Vicon and entitled: “From ‘missing ingredient’ to ‘career accelerator’: Everything you should know about sponsorship but never thought to ask.” Dr Jen de Vries will provide insight and practical strategies based on her research investigating how sponsorship works in higher education and research institutes.  Jen’s presentation, followed by Q & A is targeted at women and men, at all career stages. Sponsorship is a critical ingredient for success, and this presentation will develop your sponsorship ‘savvy’, both as sponsor and sponsee. Key content areas include: (i) mentoring and sponsorship, how are they different and why this is important, (ii) how sponsorship works and its impact on careers, including the career spiral, (iii) bias and sponsorship – how you can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, (iv) are you missing out – identifying sponsorship gaps, and what to do about it, (v) building enabling cultures to support career success – what leaders, colleagues and departments can do.