Pre-Conference Seminars


Gait variability and walk-to-run transition

12 October 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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 dynamics of gait through studies of gait variability and the walk-to-run transition in humans. That is not only of academic interest. It may also facilitate interpre-tation and choice of outcomes, study/intervention planning, patient evaluation, as well as treatments for injuries and diseases of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. Moreover, the increased understanding may also be useful in the development of assistive technology, which requires interaction between the human and technology. That could for example be regarding exoskeleton and neurorobotics technologies where a profound understanding of human voluntary movements during locomotion is essential.


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

12 October 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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
Novel musculoskeletal simulation methodologies and their clinical insights

13 October 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To present patient-specific musculoskeletal modeling and discuss some of the latest results from their applications within Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury and Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) research.

In this seminar, we will show some of the latest advancements within musculoskeletal and joint modeling for the estimation of internal body loads. We will discuss some of the new research results that have emerged from the application of such models for clinical applications within knee osteoarthritis and ACL injuries. Among others, these applications include how lateral insoles and gait modifications alter knee biomechanics in early KOA patients, how a combination of a novel 3D knee laxity device and patient-specific models can be applied to predict post-operative instability after total knee arthroplasty, and how conservative and surgical treatments for ACL injury can be optimized to mitigate post-traumatic OA.


Michael Skipper Colin Smith
The AnyBody Group, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Institute for Biomechanics
Aalborg University, Denmark ETH Zürich, Switzerland
The potential of low-cost training robots in gait rehabilitation (hands on/practical session)

 13 October 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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 Lizeth Sloot
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute
University of Southern Denmark, Odense Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg