BIG 2020/2021 Virtual Seminars

Shear wave Tensiometry Taps into Atypical Muscle Tendon Behavior presented by Ana Ebrahimi and Sara Harper

Ultrasound Imaging in Biomechanics and Automated Tracking with Neural Networks presented by Becky Krupenevich and Billy Clark

student/postdoc-oriented panel discussion on career and job search advice presented by John DeWitt, Alex Hutchinson, Sarah Roelker, Elizabeth Russell Esposito

Mocosoftware for performing optimal control simulations with OpenSim models presented by Chris Dembia and Nick Bianco

Vote for the 2021-2025 BIG Co-Chair

Voting for the next BIG Co-Chair is now open! The candidate information is provided below and in the voting ballot online. Click here to submit your vote through June 4th, 2021! The winner will be announced at the ACSM-BIG Virtual Meeting in June (registration and meeting details coming soon!)

Candidate Info:

Thank you for considering me for ACSM-BIG co-chair; it is truly an honor. My name is Dr. Jaimie Roper and I am an Assistant Professor at Auburn University within the School of Kinesiology. My lab uses behavioral methods informed by biomechanics, motor control, and kinesiology to explore mechanisms involved in sensorimotor control and utilized in locomotion within models of healthy gait and gait dysfunction. As a faculty member, I am a strong advocate for empowering students with the tools to promote biomechanics and exercise science through education, application, and research. I have been a member of ACSM-BIG since 2019. My connection with ACSM began as a Master’s student in 2010, where I attended the Southwest Chapter of the ACSM meeting. From this time on, I have experienced the supportive nature of the biomechanics community at ACSM- through opportunities to network, cultivating professional relationships, and staying current on impactful research regarding exercise science. I have been actively involved in ACSM-BIG by serving as an award reviewer for the ACSM BIG Dissertation Award. Also, in addition to my own presentations, both undergraduate and graduate students on my team have presented at SEACSM and the National Conference. These meetings have been instrumental in their academic and professional development. As a supporter of ACSM-BIG, I am eager to contribute to such a meaningful and impactful endeavor and commit to dedicating time to serve as co-chair. My motivation in serving as a co-chair is to give back to a community that has given so much to me over the years. My goal would be to contribute to ongoing efforts to promote high-quality resources, opportunities, and experiences for our future clinicians, scientists, and educators in our field. I will also seek to be an advocate and role model for all students and peers. I sincerely thank you for your consideration of my nomination.

My name is Dr. Jasper Reenalda. I am a human movement scientist and appointed as Associate Professor at the Biomedical Signals and Systems group of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. I have been attending and participating in the ACSM Annual Meeting and BIG meetings since 2011. My research is on using inertial and other wearable sensor technology to identify changes in movement patterns in sports and rehabilitation, especially because of fatigue, to prevent injuries and enhance performance. I am particularly interested in combining biomechanics and exercise physiology to get a better understanding of how they interact and influence each other. My teaching, within the BioMedical Engineering and Technical Medicine tracks at the University, is on biomechanics and exercise physiology as well as on technologies and data analysis techniques for human movement analysis. I always strive to actively collaborate and disseminate my work globally as much as possible. I have completed a Fulbright research and lecturing grant at the University of Kentucky in 2015 and have hosted National Biomechanics Day in the Netherlands. Additionally, I have several ongoing collaborations with US and international universities. This is also what I try to teach my students. Several of them have participated in previous meetings and four of them will be presenting at this year’s conference. In my role as co-chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group, if elected, I will continue to promote participation in the ACSM Annual Meetings and BIG meetings internationally as well as promoting international collaboration between researchers in the field of Biomechanics. The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group is, in my opinion, the perfect platform to foster international collaborations among researchers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Science of Running Shoe Session at ACSM Annual Meeting

At this year’s ACSM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, footwear industry experts will gather to present a session on their diverse approaches to running show development and the science underlying how their shoes are made. The evaluation of those approaches, including how they influence shoe performance and injury prevention, will also be highlighted.

Friday, June 1st, from 11:45-12:45pm

Presenters are:
• Blayne Hettinga, Ph.D., Adidas, Sr. Manager Future Sport Science
• Eric Rohr, Brooks, Sr. Manager of Biomechanics
• Tony Post, Topo Athletic, CEO
• Steven Sashen, Xero Shoes, CEO

The session will be moderated by:
• Heather Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM
• Kevin Vincent, M.D., Ph.D, FACSM

This session is sponsored by Adidas, Brooks Running, Topo Athletic and Xero Shoes

2018 ACSM BIG Awards

ACSM BIG members,

The application process is open for BIG Awards:

  • ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group – Motion Analysis Career Achievement Award
  • ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group – AMTI Young Scientist Award
  • Student Research Awards
  • Student Travel Awards
  • Best Abstract Award

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2018. See Awards page for submission instructions.

All submissions are to be emailed to

See you in Minneapolis!

Thank you Brian, welcome Max!

The Biomechanics Interest Group would like to thank Brian Noehren, PhD, FACSM (University of Kentucky) for serving as a chair and co-chair from 2013 – 2017. Thank you for your service and hard work for ACSM-BIG. We would also like to welcome Max Paquette, PhD from University of Memphis as our newest co-chair. Max joins the current co-chairs Joe Seay, PhD (USARIEM), Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC (University of Southern California), and Allison Gruber, PhD (Indiana University), as your 2017-2018 BIG co-chairs. We have already begun implementing the feedback we received at the 2017 ACSM annual meeting and welcome any additional feedback, questions, concerns, or suggestions. Please email us your feedback at our new BIG co-chair email address:

Ideas for 2016 sessions

Anyone got an idea they’d like to share for a symposium, colloquium, tutorial, or other invited session at ACSM 2016? Want to propose an idea but need co-presenters? Please feel free to add a comment to this post to get everyone’s ideas flowing. Remember, the submission deadline for these proposals is June 22, 2015–the Biomechanics content of the ACSM meeting is only as good as we make it!