Pre-conference Seminars


1) Ernst Albin Hansen - Walk-to-run transition and gait variability

To disseminate the current status on the topic of walk-to-run transition and gait variability in humans

The aim of this seminar is to increase the understanding of the walk-to-run transition and gait variability in humans. The improved understanding can be useful, for example, in connection with the development of treatments for injuries and diseases of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. Moreover, the increased understanding can be useful in the development of solutions that require interaction between body and technology. That could for example be in exoskeleton and neurorobotics technology where a deep understanding of human voluntary movements during locomotion is fundamental.


Michael Voigt and Ernst Albin Hansen Tina Alkjær
Department of Health Science Technology Department of Biomedical Sciences
Aalborg University, Denmark University of Copenhagen
2) Jesper Bencke - Neuromuscular coordination and joint loading during sports movements – implications for injury risk, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation

To provide an overview of the importance of neuromuscular activation during sports movements with high risk of acute knee injury and how this translates into selection of preventive exercises, treatment of acute knee injuries and rehabilitation.

In the seminar, new studies on biomechanical investigations of high risk movements with simultaneously collected EMG data will be presented to demonstrate movement and activation patterns significant of increased knee injury risk, and further discussing how this evidence may create a foundation for the development of more targeted prevention exercises and clinical decision-making.


Jesper Bencke Mette K. Zebis
Human Movement Analysis Lab
Dep. Of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy,
Faculty of Health and Technology
Copenhagen University Hospital at Amager-Hvidovre & IOC Research Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital at Amager-Hvidovre
Copenhagen University College,
Copenhagen, Denmark
3) Michael Skipper - Cutting edge technology for patient-specific models
  • Patient-specific solutions
  • Implant behaviour inside body – motion, forces, stability
  • Optimize orthopedic surgery and implant positioning
  • Knee – total, partial arthroplasty, ACL/PCL reconstruction etc.
  • Hip – total, partial arthroplasty, acetabular cup, fixation nails & screws etc.


Michael Skipper
Associate Professor of Biomechanics The AnyBody Group, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Aalborg University, Denmark
4a) Anders Stengaard Sørensen - The potential of low-cost training robots in gait rehabilitation (hands on/practical session)
To present and discuss robotic or automated technologies that offer some of the benefits of previously known weight relief and exoskeleton solutions, but at costs and complexities that make them feasible for use in local clinics or even at home.

While the benefits of advanced training machines (robots) and weight relief systems are becoming better understood, there is little focus on the fact that such machines are difficult to apply in high dosages, as their cost and complexity of use relegate them to special clinics and hospitals. Reseach in simpler and more available technology is sparse, but a few examples and case studies exist. This workshop will present functional lab models of the RoboTrainer technology, developed at SDU, and discuss the potential benefits and potential of such technology in gait rehabilitation.


Anders Stengaard Sørensen & Gitte Rasmussen
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute
University of Southern Denmark, Odense
4b) To be announced

Measurements of physical activity in osteoarthritis and orthopaedic patients – for the purpose of diagnosis and evaluation on treatment effects

  • Accelerometry
  • Smartphone – simple commercial devices
  • Questionnaires