University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.
The focus of the workshop will be player interactions with sports surfaces. Topics relating to footwear, injury, performance and related
issues will be discussed. The workshop will consist of a number of presentations and open forums to discuss current knowledge and identify research needs.
Dr Darren Stefanyshyn from the human performance laboratory at the University of Calgary will give the keynote presentation. Dr Stefanyshyn is a world leading biomechanics researcher, he is the chairperson elect for the Footwear Biomechanics group of the International Society of Biomechanics and his main research interests include:
- Lower extremity biomechanics with emphasis on mechanical energy aspects of human movement.
- The influence of mechanical energy aspects on athletic performance.
- Biomechanical and mechanical energy influences of athletic equipment.
- The mechanics of knee injuries during running and cutting movements.
The network aims to stimulate an integrated multidisciplinary response to address the problems associated with the interactions of sport players (and equipment) and the sport surface, for community and elite level across the full range of sports.
The network will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, comprising academics, practitioners, and sport governing bodies to share ideas and consolidate current knowledge, discuss and formulate research needs, seek funding, advance the science and understanding of player-surface interactions and innovate the better engineering of surfaces to benefit play and users' health.
Who should attend?
Academics, researchers, technologists, consultants, contractors, manufactures, suppliers, sports governing bodies, policy makers, trade organisations and funders. Also any individual who would like to have an input into the activities of this new network initiative.
Membership to the SportSURF network is free, and as a member you can enjoy a discounted workshop registration fee. If you would like to become a member please visit our website and complete the online membership form (www.sportsurf.org/signup.php).