LBG Summer School

21st & 22nd June 2019

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For over 20 years the LBG Biomechanics Summer School has been proud to host what is widely recognised as the world’s premiere Biomechanics conference. Each year the event welcomes a plethora of world recognised lecturers and achieves a sell-out attendance from a diverse clinical background.

The two day event has a ‘hands on feel’ incorporating 8 practical/intimate afternoon workshops in addition to the morning lectures. On the Friday evening there will be an opportunity for you to unwind and network with your fellow professionals at the FREE of charge three course Gala dinner including wine, a feature which always proves to be a success.

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Portait of Prof Benno Nigg

Prof Benno Nigg

Born in Switzerland, Dr. Nigg studied Nuclear Physics at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He worked as a biomechanists at the ETH Zurich (1971-1981) and the University of Calgary (since 1981) where he developed one of the world leading multidisciplinary research centers with about 180 co workers. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus and the CEO of Biomechanigg Research Inc. Dr. Nigg has published more than 400 scientific publications and is author and/or editor of 13 books. He received many awards and recognitions, including the Muybridge Medal, the Olympic Order, honorary degrees from theUniversities of Salzburg and Innsbruck and an honorary professorship from the Shanghai University of Sport. Dr. Nigg’s research concentrates on human locomotion and its application to movement related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment. Dr. Nigg’s world-wide reputation as a top biomechanist is documented by his h-index of 88 and the number of citations of 21920(Google Scholar: September 2018).

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Mr Simon Bartold

Simon Bartold is a graduate of Adelaide University where he gained a Bachelor Degree in Science with majors in Physiology and Zoology. His further qualification in Podiatry was gained at the University of South Australia. He graduated with honours and was awarded the University prize for dux of the course. Simon holds postgraduate fellowships in Sports Podiatry with the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, in Sport Sciences with Sports Medicine Australia, and in the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine with the Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Best Clinical Paper award for original research at the Australasian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. He repeated this feat in 2002 with a paper entitled “A Numerical Foot Model to Predict Sole Stability Parameters in Athletic Footwear”. In 2007 he was once again recognized for research excellence with a paper entitled “Effects of estrogen on the mechanical behaviour of the human Achilles tendon in vivo.”

It is the first and only time this award has been presented to the same researcher on multiple occasions.

In July 2009, Simon was awarded the Richard O Schuster Award by the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding contributions to Education and Research in the field of Biomechanics. It is the only time the recipient has been a non-North American native.

Simon has been an executive board member of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and Past President of the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and remains the only podiatrist worldwide to ever hold a commission position with the International Sports Medicine Federation (F.I.M.S.).

He has been the consultant podiatrist to the Australian Institute of Sport Cricket Academy, The British Cricket Academy and the Indian cricket Team as well as a number of state and national sporting teams. He was the Deputy Director of Podiatry Services at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, and again chosen for the medical teams in Athens 2004 and Turin 2006. He attended his 4th Olympic games in London in 2012.

In 2014 he was consultant podiatrist to the Port Power in the AFL.

He has been an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and the Australasian Physiotherapy Journal and a journal reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine.

Simon has been an adjunct lecturer to the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, and is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Staffordshire. He has published over 30 papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals, has authored numerous book chapters and has lectured at international conferences in 39 countries.

His authored books, The Foot and Leg in Sport and Athletic Footwear: The Comprehensive Guide have been published to great acclaim. Research interests include the technical aspects of athletic footwear and pressure/force measurement in relation to intervention parameters and injury.

Simon worked as International Research Consultant for the global body of the Asics Corporation until July 2013.

Since 2012 he has administered his website which has over 1000 members, including institutional membership from 3 of the 7 Universities of Podiatric Medicine in the U.S.A.

Simon currently lives and works in France in his capacity as Director of Global Footwear Specialist Programs for Amer Sports.

Portait of Mr Trevor Prior

Mr Trevor Prior
BSc, FCPods

Trevor Prior qualified in 1983 and since that time has worked in both the private and public sectors. He obtained a teaching qualification in 1985 before obtaining a post-graduate degree in Podiatry in 1989. He obtained his fellowship in Podiatric Surgery in 1993 and in 1994 he established the Podiatric Surgery service in City & Hackney, where he is currently a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Homerton University Hospital. His particular areas of interest are foot surgery, sports injuries, biomechanics/gait analysis, orthoses and diabetic foot complications, lecturing both nationally and internationally. Trevor has worked extensively with elite and professional sports men/women in a wide range of disciplines, and he is a director of P2L, a company specialising in bespoke performance footwear. He was an elected member of the council of the Chiropodists & Podiatrists and is a past Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery.

Portait of Kevin Kirby

Dr Kevin Kirby

Dr. Kevin Kirby graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983 and completed his first year surgical residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He spent his second post-graduate year doing the Fellowship in Podiatric Biomechanics at CCPM where he also earned his MS degree. Dr. Kirby has authored or co-authored 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has authored or co-authored five book chapters, and has authored four books on foot and lower extremity biomechanics and orthosis therapy, all of which have been translated into Spanish language editions. He has invented the subtalar joint axis palpation technique, the anterior axial radiographic projection, the supination resistance test, the maximum pronation test and the medial heel skive and lateral heel skive orthosis techniques. He has also created and developed the Subtalar Joint Axis Location and Rotational Equilibrium Theory of Foot Function. He has lectured internationally on over 40 separate occasions and has lectured extensively throughout the United States.

Portrait of Peter Bunker

Prof. Peter Brukner

Peter Brukner OAM is a specialist sports and exercise physician whose most recent position has been Australian cricket team doctor from 2012-17. Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at LaTrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia. Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine and has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Peter was the Socceroos Team Doctor at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and subsequently became Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club. He is the co-founder of the public health campaign SugarByHalf and is committed to the challenge of improving the nation’s health with improved diet and increased physical activity. His most recent book A Fat Lot of Good was published in May 2018.

Portrait of Emma Cowley

Miss Emma Cowley
MSc BSc (Hons) FHEA, FCPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), CSci

Emma Cowley is a lecturer in podiatry at the University of Plymouth, co-founder of the largest special advisory group in the College of Podiatry, MSK:UK, and holds roles at the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, College of Podiatry and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Passionate about the impact of musculoskeletal podiatry, Emma has invested her career into specialising in this field, led an MSK team in the NHS in one of the first polyclinics in the country and now continues in independent practice. Her research portfolio is in the effects of high heels on gait and posture and, more recently, the effects of prolonged running on the biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle. In her role as vice-dean of the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine (CoP) has, been tasked with developing a career framework and MSK competency spine for the profession in collaboration with Health Education England.


Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

The London Marriot Victoria & Albert Hotel Entrance

Review 2018

Another Biomechanics Summer School passed and another great success in terms of topics covered, lectures delivered and overall atmosphere.

This year, we had an exciting mix of lectures, workshops, interactive sessions, short presentations, a debate and a question and answer session. Certainly, no dull moments in the packed 2 days!

Professor Richard Jones from Salford University started a trio of fantastic presentations given in the first session of Friday morning. His lecture, “Using Clinical Biomechanics in the Return to Sport”, kept audience members transfixed as we listened and watched his captivating slides about the Knee, Ankle and Foot Research Programme at Salford University. While many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have access to such a fantastic gait lab, Professor Jones imparted crucial evidenced based information about dynamic knee valgus tests which can be performed and associated risk factors. We learnt that knee injuries are increasing in the Premier League and that we can only “mitigate risk” rather than prevent injury (until we have more research that is…….)

Dr Kade Paterson from the University of Melbourne continued the topic of injury and knee pain and revealed the latest in research-based management strategies in his lecture “Role of Foot and Lower Limb Biomechanics in Knee Osteoarthritis”. Clearly the research team at his University is leading the field in osteoarthritis management with a plethora of published papers coming out on a regular basis. Again, they have an impressive gait lab and Dr Paterson took us through the biomechanics of knee loading and the effects on the Knee Adduction Moment (KAM). This has featured heavily in the literature over the past decade and pioneered the theory of laterally wedging orthoses to reduce knee pain. Interestingly, we learned that the “pronated foot”, which we see commonly with knee osteoarthritis, may actually be an affect or compensation to alleviate pain rather a causative factor! (and yes… before you ask…. there is evidence to substantiate this)

To complete the trinity of new research, World Class Physiotherapist, Professor Kim Bennell, took to the stage to present “Biomechanical Interventions for knee Osteoarthritis”. A true professional who has led pioneering research which has had major implications on clinical guidelines, Professor Bennell delivered a fantastic presentation critically examining biomechanical interventions. This included an evidence based synopsis of insoles, footwear, walking aids, gait modifications, weight loss, unloader braces & importantly …. exercise.  This lecture was an absolute must for any clinician who sees patients with lower limb osteoarthritis.

After a short coffee break, we welcomed a change of topic with an excellent and engaging lecture from Professor Sarah Curran. Moving a little distally from the previous lectures, Professor Curran discussed “Chronic Ankle Instability: Classification and Management”. Sprained ankles are endemic over all populations and often overlooked which is what made this presentation so fascinating. Classification, pathophysiology and management for chronic ankle instability were all covered in depth but what really helped the busy clinician in the audience was Professor Curran’s attention to practical assessments. Certainly, plenty to take home and apply to practice from this talk.

Podiatry household name – Dr Eric Fuller finished the morning lectures with a great presentation examining The Painful 1st MPJ. A fountain of knowledge with over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr Fuller has been with us through the transition and evolution of biomechanics theories. Indeed, he was one of the driving forces (no pun intended!) behind the establishment of “Tissue Stress Theory”, a paradigm which has changed practice for many of us. We sat back and enjoyed Dr Fuller’s lecture and were reminded of the importance of understanding the physics behind it all!

The afternoon workshop sessions were packed with more hands-on practical’s and technical equipment than we’ve seen for a few years at Summer School!  Fellow MSK Podiatrist Edward Henstridge from Total Foot Health in Salisbury led an exciting and information packed session on ultrasound with various machines for delegates to get stuck into! Edward was supported by well-loved, and very knowledgeable, Podiatric Surgeon, Lyndon Jones. Together they delivered a fantastic workshop which really gave delegates something to think about.

Along the corridors, Dr Paterson gave a fantastic workshop to assess and treat foot osteoarthritis, Dr Fuller kept it real with a tissue stress approach to orthotic prescription and Professor Jones brought along a very impressive force plate. After 3 hours of workshops all speakers had certainly earned a large cold beer!!

Kick starting the 2nd day Dr Simon Spooner and Dr Eric Fuller teamed up to deliver an entertaining and informative presentation titled “Mechanical Modelling for the Busy Clinician” No hangovers allowed here because they picked audience members to partake in their demonstrations. Together, we all looked at force coupling, quasi static analysis including the effects of increased cadence. Fascinating stuff, especially when the experts are carrying it out!

Dr Simon Spooner followed on later in the morning with a lecture titled “Gait Re-training in the Treatment of Running Related Injuries” His reputation proceeds him and as always, Dr Spooner didn’t fail to impress with his wealth of knowledge and direct approach to biomechanics. Constantly engaging the audience where possible, his slides linked evidence, practical applicability and physics to understand the pros and cons, do’s and don’ts of gait retraining. The real take home message here is that there is no one size fits all and if there’s no pain…. Don’t fix it!

Professor Bennell and Professor Curran also gave more engaging lectures on the Saturday morning titled “Patient Centred Care for the Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions” and Patellofemoral Joint Pain: Macro versus Micro pathology” respectively. As with the previous day, both ladies gave very informative information on their chosen topics with heavy emphasis on clinical applicability. Many delegates later commented on how these 2 lectures would influence their future practice. 

It wasn’t all lectures and workshops, the debate featured the lateral wedging conundrum faced by many clinicians, the question and answer session was a great opportunity for delegates to have their say and there was also an interactive questionnaire app led by MSK Podiatrist Ian Sadler which addressed delegates thoughts on the future of the Podiatry profession in this country.  Ian kindly relayed the results back to us with some interesting feedback to follow on with. To conclude the conference, each speaker gave a 5-minute free speech precis of their contribution to Summer School giving delegates the perfect opportunity to note down key messages…… CPD at its best!  

All in all, this was yet another outstanding Biomechanics conference. For those of you who missed it, don’t miss next years because we already have another fantastic line up of speakers …….. and another superstar yet to announce……


Friday 21st June






Dr. Kevin Kirby

Opening Speech


Prof. Peter Brukner

“We are getting fatter and sicker… what are we going to do about it?”


Prof. Benno Nigg

New findings that we have concerning pronation or more general “foot movement”




Mr. Trevor Prior

“Plantar heel pain: evidence based treatment”


Mr. Simon Bartold

“Athletic footwear as you know it is dead! The rise of the machines!”


Ms. Emma Cowley

“Gait analysis in the clinic - what are the need to know parameters and how can they be measured?”





45min Workshop rotation / 15min breaks inbetween



Saturday 22nd June






The Great Debate Prof. Nigg, Dr. Kirby & Mr. Bartold:

“The state of the nation with running footwear”


Prof. Benno Nigg

“Muscle tuning concept”


Prof. Peter Brukner

“Inflammation: the role of diet and other lifestyle factors”




Dr. Kevin Kirby

“Understanding the biomechanics and treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction”


Panel Discussion

“Foot orthosis research: current problems and future directions”




Panel Discussion

“Running biomechanics and common injuries”




Keynote Speaker Conclusione

“Top tips and summary for clinical practice”



Workshop 1: Ms. Emma Cowley & Mr. Trevor Prior

Joint workshop – “Gait analysis”

Workshop 3: Dr. Kevin Kirby

“Easy and quick tissue stress foot orthosis modifications for the office”

Workshop 2: Prof. Peter Brukner

“How a podiatrist can influence lifestyle (and therefore health)”

Workshop 4: Mr. Simon Bartold

“Dynamic athlete assessment, why it matters?”

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