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7,000+ High School Students Celebrated Biomechanics on NBD 2017
(and there are a few more NBD events still to come)

Hello Fellow ISB Members,

Please commence Jumping For Joy! We enlightened this vast amount of high school students in our synchronized, around-the-world celebration of Biomechanics. National Biomechanics Day was a resounding success for the second consecutive year while remaining a giant fun-fest of Biomechanics, science, STEM, and STEAM as everyone reported smiles, thrills, and awe among all participants. You can see the celebration throughout social media and also through a few slides HERE. We happily extend our mantra from last year: NBD 2017 was the single greatest day in biomechanics: there were more smiles on more faces in more biomechanics labs than ever before. Let’s all thank each other for contributing so successfully to our mission which is to bring Biomechanics into high school curricula around the world and thereby increase the impact of Biomechanics on society. Along this line we propose that Biomechanics will be the breakthrough science of the 21st century… and we mean it in a Big Way. I have written about this opportunity on Facebook and included at the end of this letter.

Please spend a few moments viewing, liking, forwarding, and retweeting The Global Phenomenon that is (Inter)National Biomechanics Day (yes, next year we’ll figure out our new name):

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NBD was initiated in 2016 and it was energetically enacted by members of the American Society of Biomechanics. It also excited many biomechanists around the world and led to our around-the-globe expansion this year. We received support from many international organizations and commercial enterprises including the International and Brazilian Societies of Biomechanics, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, AMTI, IMeasureU, and Nike, to name a few. But how can we succeed and even improve our event in 2018 and future years? The answer is:

We demonstrated our viability with 2,000+ high school students in 2016 and we fully established NBD with 7,000+ students this year. It is now time for ALL BIOMECHANISTS TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT. We can have 20,000, 30,000, even more high schoolers learning and enjoying Biomechanics in 2018. We will inspire even ourselves with this level of success and it will truly change the world from the simple level of more undergraduates anticipating and enjoying their Biomechanics courses to the beneficial level of more people doing Biomechanics for their careers, to the exciting level of Biomechanics developing along lines not even envisioned today to the supreme level of Biomechanics having true meaning and importance to human society. People will consider, as truly typical and necessary the biomechanical perspective to address and improve the human condition. Biomechanics will no longer be that, “…you know…cool sounding…but…wait, what is it?” science but an irresistible part of life. We can achieve this success; Biomechanics can become the breakthrough science of the 21st century IF WE ALL UNIFORMLY AND IRRESISTIBLY PARTICIPATE in 2018. NBD 2018 can be stunningly superb and awesome if the entire world participates. If you have not yet participated, you will be surprised at how our synchronized events are more than lab demonstrations. They are as I wrote above, a movement.

I respectfully ask all biomechanists to participate in International-National Biomechanics Day 2018 (whatever we call it). Please and Really. The outcome would be incredible and important. You and we will change the world. Please support NBD.

Please, give it a shot. Take a chance. Join the fun and let’s see where we can go. Do not resist. Do not decline. Do not do not. Only do. And who are we talking to? You.

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NBD can also change the face and nature of science. NBD 2017 was greatly inclusive with over 50% female students and nearly 50% non-Caucasian participants. Everyone is invited to the party.

Also, Derek Pamukoff and group identified the most appropriate NBD Eve dinner: Torque Pot Pie. Yum!

Thank you so much and we will begin NBD 2018 shortly,

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Paul DeVita, Ph.D.

Past-President, American Society of Biomechanics

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In the, “This Just In,” news category, Justus Ortega from Humboldt State University just now emailed his NBD numbers and demographics to me: 55 students with 18 males, 37 females. Other NBDs have not yet reported and a few will occur in May. Make that 7,000++ high schoolers!

His summary, “It was awesome… and it is inspiring.” Thanks, Justus.

Let’s ask this group of 300 Brazilian students to, “raise your hand if you like NBD,”

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Hello and Welcome to the ISB student section!

The student section is devoted to providing students with information and resources that may be helpful during your studies. As a student member of the ISB you are able to apply for ISB funded grants and awards, participate in mentor opportunities, become a member of the ISB student members Facebook group and have access to the online forms and discussions available on this page. The Student Welcome Letter outlines the different resources provided by the ISB for its student members (click here). Below are links to some of the resources available to ISB members that may help you with your studies.

Links within the ISB website:


  • BIOMCH-L - The forum for all biomechanics (Jobs, Conferences, Technical Discussions...)


If you have any contributions or suggestions for future sections, please contact:


Melissa Boswell

Student Representative

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The ISB supports Technical and Working groups for the purpose of advancing knowledge in specialized areas within the field of biomechanics. Following are the current groups:

Technical groups

Working groups

Forming and Running Technical Groups

Forming and running Technical and Working groups is not limited to those above and the ISB encourages the development and running of these groups by support and sponsorship in various forms, such as sponsoring keynote speakers at scientific meetings, hosting the website etc. To ensure the sustainability of the Technical and Working groups the ISB has a formal constitution for forming and running of these Groups, which are extracted from section 9 of the ISB constitution and listed below.

  1. Technical groups of the Society shall be created from time to time for the purpose of advancing knowledge in a specialized area, or on a specific topic within the field of Biomechanics.
  2. Members of the Society who have worked together informally to advance knowledge in a specialized area, or on a specific topic, for a period of at least four years (during which they may be referred to as a Working Group) may submit an application to the Executive Council for their group to be designated as a Technical Group of the Society.
  3. Applications for designation as a Technical Group of the Society shall be decided on a majority vote of those members of the Executive Council present at the meeting for which the formation of the group has been proposed as part of the circulated agenda.
  4. The activities of Technical Groups shall be administered by an Executive Board. The structure of this Board, how officers are elected, and how the Executive Board operates, will be defined in the Codes of Operation for each Technical Group which will be endorsed by the Executive Council.
  5. The Board for each Technical Group shall meet at least once every two years.
  6. Technical groups shall plan and conduct professional meetings, provided that prior approval for such meetings is obtained from a committee consisting of the President- Elect, President (Chairperson) and Past-President of the Society (hereafter referred to as the Committee of Presidents).
  7. Technical groups shall enter into agreements with other organizations only after obtaining approval of the Committee of Presidents.
  8. The Chairperson of each Technical Group, or a person designated by him or her, shall present, in person, a written report of the activities of the Technical Group to the Executive Council of the Society, at the time of each Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics.
  9. Technical Groups may be disbanded by the Executive Council of the Society when, through failure to meet the obligations of any of the clauses of this Article, or for other reasons, they cease to serve the best interests of the Society.

In addition these its desirable that the ISB Technical and Working Groups run their scientific meetings at least every six years in conjunction with the ISB Congress. Also these Groups should acknowledge the sponsorship of the ISB on their web sites and at their scientific meetings.

Join the ISB / Renew your Membership

ISB membership is annual, renewable in January of each year. If you join or renew your membership at any time during the year, you will become a member for that year and you will receive all journal issues, including back issues, for the current volume. Renewal advice is sent to Members each December, at which time the fees for the following year are posted.

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Arrears. Renewing members are required you to be financially up to date with the previous two years' membership. In this case select arrear years' membership to complete your record.


Membership benefits include:

Eligibility for:

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Inclusion in the ISB social network:

  • ISB Facebook
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  • ISB LinkedIn
  • ISB Twitter
  • ISB YouTube


Type of Members:

  • Full Members, receives full benefits of membership.
  • Student Members, must be a full time student in an academic program related to Biomechanics.
  • Emeritus Member, must be retired, due to age or illness, from professional employment in Biomechanics, and to have been an active member of the Society for at least ten years.
  • Honorary Members, shall be a restricted number of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the International Society of Biomechanics and to the field of biomechanics.

EDC Membership

  • EDC Membership eligibility is limited to people whose main affiliation is with an institution in the low or medium HDI categories from this table hdi_table_2015.xlsx.

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Click on the link below to open a PDF document of the Operating Codes for ISB:

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The ISB is very pleased to have company sponsors with products that have applications in various areas of biomechanics. The ISB provides the sponsors with unique opportunities of getting in touch with numerous specialists, coming from all over the world. The ISB are thankful and proud of our sponsors.

Gold sponsors


Silver sponsors

Motion Analysis

Bronze sponsors

Northern Digital Inc.

Every two years at the ISB Congress, the Society recognizes scientific achievement and honours those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Biomechanics by presenting honours and awards.The awards and honours and their inks are listed below. The rules for each award and honour are different (e.g. Muybridge candidates are selected by a panel, Young Investigator candidates by nomination) so for further information please contact the Awards Officer, Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstrasse 20, D-52074, Aachen, Germany, Phone: +49 241 808 7011, Fax: +49 241 808 2442, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Honorary Members

ISB Fellows 


Muybridge Award

Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture 

David Winter Young Investigator Award

Clinical Biomechanics Award

Promising Scientist Award

Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award