International Research Forum on Biomechanics of
Running-specific Prostheses
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IBRSP2018   Feb. 22nd, 2018
Venue AIST Tokyo Waterfront ANNEX, Tokyo, Japan  map
Chairman Kozo Uto, Director General, AIST Tokyo Waterfront
Organizer AIST Tokyo Waterfront and Waterfront Collaboration Center
Language English
Fee Free


  13:30-13:35 Opening remarks Dr. Kozo Uto (AIST Tokyo Waterfront, JPN)

  13:35-13:45 Preface Dr. Hiroaki Hobara (AIST-DHRG, JPN)

  13:45-14:35 Keynote lecture Dr. Mark Connick (University of Queensland, AUS)

  14:35-15:30 Organized Session Session theme : Neuromechanics of Athletes with amputations
 Dr. Kimitaka Nakazawa (University of Tokyo, JPN)
 Dr. Satoru Hashizume (AIST-DHRG, JPN)
 Dr. Hiroaki Hobara (AIST-DHRG, JPN)

  15:30-17:00 Invited poster presentations and Coffee break

  17:00-17:45 Special lecture Dr. Peter Weyand (Southern Methodist University, USA)

  17:45-18:00 Concluding remarks Dr. Mitsunori Tada (AIST-DHRG, JPN)

  18:15-20:00 Networking Party
Sponsored by  The KAITEKI Institute, Inc
 Natori-Manufacturing Inc

 Speaker’s biography

Keynote lecture: Dr. Mark Connick (University of Queensland, AUS)
Paralympic classification: improving decision-making in an evolving system
Dr. Mark Connick is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Research and Development Centre for Physical Impairments and a member of the IPC Classification Steering Group Committee. Dr. Connick’s research focuses on the development of Para sport classification systems with specific expertise in understanding the impact of physical impairment on sport performance and biomechanics. He has worked on Para sport classification projects in Para athletics, Para swimming and wheelchair rugby encompassing impairments of strength and range of movement, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis and limb deficiency.

Organized Session: Dr. Kimitaka Nakazawa (University of Tokyo, JPN)
Paralympicbrain - as a model for neurorehabilitation -
Kimitaka Nakazawa, PhD, Professor
1962: born in Nagano
1991-2009: Research Institute, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (NRCD), Japan
1997-1998: Prof V Dietz’s Lab, University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich
2009- : Department of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo.

Organized Session: Dr. Satoru Hashizume (AIST)
Muscle dimensions in long jumpers: Paralympic and Olympic champions
Dr. Satoru Hashizume is a post doctoral researcher at the Human Informatics Research Institute, National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Sports Science from Waseda University (2013), and completed his post-doctoral training at Juntendo University as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow (2013-2015). His research focus is three dimensional joint mechanics, musculoskeletal mechanics and prevention of running-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Organized Session: Dr. Hiroaki Hobara (AIST)
Leg stiffness during hopping using running-specific prosthesis
Dr. Hiroaki Hobara is a senior researcher at the National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Human Sciences from Waseda University (2008), and completed his post-doctoral training at National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (Japan), and University of Maryland, College Park (USA). Dr. Hobara received Promising Young Scientist Award from International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in 2013. He performed several invited lectures in academic conferences, such as ISB, ISBS, i-FAB, TSB, KSSB, VISTA and ECSS. Over the last 10 years Dr. Hobara published 50 refereed journal papers and 70 refereed conference papers regarding jump mechanics, amputee locomotion and prosthetic sprinting.

Special lecture: Dr. Peter Weyand (Southern Methodist University, USA)
Running performance on prosthetic limbs: do springy blades soften sprinting gaits?
Dr. Peter Weyand is the Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness at Southern Methodist University. Prior to coming to SMU, Dr. Weyand directed research efforts at Harvard University's Concord Field Station, a large animal facility specializing in terrestrial locomotion and the Locomotion Laboratory of Rice University. His research subjects have included antelope, emus, rodents and professional athletes with and without limb amputations.

 Poster presentations (tentative)

1,   Yuichi Yano (Ottobock Japan)
Passion for Paralympics

2,   Takahiro Hotta (KUSAKA Hospital)
Regional supports for adapted sports -YAMATO TEKKYAKU Running Club-

3,   Yusuke Ohno (TETSUDOU KOUSAIKAI Foundation)
Amputee Sports Club - START LINE TOKYO -

4,   Akane Tokui (National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, JPN)
The change in physical ability of a transtibial amputee training to be a sprinter: A single case study

5,   Brian S Baum (Regis University, USA)
Ground Reaction Forces and Loading Rates When Running With Running-Specific and Daily
Use Prostheses

6,   Gerda Strutzenberger (University of Salzburg, AUT)
Early sprint acceleration phase: Does the running specific prosthesis replicate the function
of a biological limb?

7,   Kota Z Takahashi (Univerisyt of Nebraska Omaha, USA)
Mechanical power and work profiles during sprinting in transfemoral amputees

8,   Steffen Willwacher (German Sport University Cologne, GER)
Free moment application by athletes with and without amputations

9,   Paolo Taboga (California State University, Sacramento, USA)
Sprint biomechanics of athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations using different prosthetic configurations

10,   Yuta Namiki (Tokyo University of Science, JPN)
Biomechanical study of running-specific prosthesis and its social implementations

11,   Cem Guzelbulut (University of Tokyo, JPN)
Characterization of running-specific prosthesis via dynamic analysis of amputee runners

12,   Anna Lena Kleesattel (University of Heidelberg, GER)
Optimization criteria of sprinting motions with and without running-specific prostheses

13,   Satoshi Shimono (The KAITEKI Institute, Inc.)
'Team KAITEKI' project; Optimal design for RSP

14,   Wolfgang Potthast (German Sport University Cologne, GER)
Center of Mass kinetics and kinematics during take off in prosthetic long jump

15,   Johannes Funken (German Sport University Cologne)
3D long jumping kinetics of athletes with and without a below the knee amputation

16,   Andre Seyfarth(Technical University of Darmstadt / Össur)
Dynamics of amputee long jump

17,   Ryusaku Goto (Matsumoto P&O. Co. Ltd. /Chas A. Blatchford & Sons Ltd. endolite products)
Does prosthetic spring stiffness alter the temporal spatial performance in a change
of direction movement in unilateral trans-tibial amputees?

18,   Hideyuki Natori (Natori-manufacturing Inc.)
Digital fabrication for running-specific prosthesis in transfemoral amputees Ver2

19,   Shunki Itahana (MIZUNO Cop.)
A study of the running-specific prosthesis, focusing on the difference between the
load-displacement curve with the static load test and the ground reaction force-displacement
curve at sprinting

 Networking Party

Sponsored by

The KAITEKI Institute, Inc   Natori-Manufacturing Inc

International Research Forum on Biomechanics of Running-specific Prostheses