19 – 24 September 2022 Dublin, Ireland


The pre-conference Seminars will be held in the Croke Park (the ESMAC 2022 conference venue) in the Hogan Mezzanine I, Level 4 – floorplans are available here.

Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3.

20 September at 08:30 – 12:30

The Foot in Cerebral Palsy

The human foot serves not only as an anatomical structure on which we stand but also as a dynamic organ proving a propulsive and sensory role during walking and running. Disturbance in any of the functions of the foot can disturb overall motor function, balance, and gait. In cerebral palsy (CP), altered motor function and muscle patterns lead to several types of foot deformities. Importantly, although these deformities primarily have their origin in muscular imbalance, structural deformities soon follow if they remain untreated.  Moreover, foot deformities exert influence on proximal joints and may elicit compensatory movements and thereby assisting gait. Conversely, proximal deformities can also influence on the development of foot deformities. Such problems, although logical, have received little recognition and are not well understood by the wider gait analysis community. Thus, this seminar will introduce key concepts, approaches, evaluation tools, and treatment strategies.

Chakravarthy U Dussa, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedische Kinderklinik, Aschau Germany.

Harald Böhm, Lead Gait laboratory, Orthopaedische Kinderklinik, Aschau, Germany.

Martin Svehlik, Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon, Medical University Hospital, Graz, Austria.

Phillippe C. Dixon, Researcher, Faculty of Medicine – School of Kinesiology and Human Kinetics, University of Montreal, Canada.

20 September 13:30 – 17:30

The ‘known unknowns’ in clinical gait analysis in Cerebral Palsy

This seminar will be given by highly experienced clinicians in clinical gait analysis from Dublin and Oxford gait laboratories. This interactive, discussion-based seminar and will use case presentations to focus on ‘known unknowns’ in clinical gait analysis in cerebral palsy such as natural progression of gait, recurrent internal hip rotation, crouch gait, and surgical outcomes.

Dr Rory O’Sullivan PhD, Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin

Dr Julie Stebbins PhD, Offord Gait Laboratory

Mr Tim Theologis PhD FRCS, Oxford Gait Laboratory,

Dr Damien Kiernan PhD, Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin

21 September at 08:30 – 12:30

Upper limb motion analysis and musculoskeletal modelling– exploring current practice, novel applications, and requirements for translation into clinical practice

The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview of current practices regarding upper-limb movement analysis, with an emphasis on clinical translation, development and sharing of best practice.  The seminar will explore novel applications of 3D movement analysis, electromyography and musculoskeletal modelling and their integration with other health care technologies across a range of disease conditions. The session will be comprised of short presentations and workshops.

Dr Fraser Philp, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, University of Liverpool

Dr Ed Chadwick, Reader in Bioengineering, University of Aberdeen

Dr. Cristina Simón-Martínez, Postdoc & Marie Curie fellow at HES-SO Valais-Wallis

21 September 13:30 – 17:30

Musculoskeletal modelling to support clinical gait analysis: theoretical, practical, and hands-on considerations

In this seminar, we will show how you can use musculoskeletal models in isolation as well as in combination with real gait analysis data to address clinically relevant research questions. Amongst others, we will show a fast and easy workflow to estimate muscle-tendon kinematics (e.g., length and moment arms), perform virtual surgeries to simple musculoskeletal systems and evaluate the impact on musculoskeletal function. Moreover, we will show how to estimate muscle force via forward and inverse dynamics formulations, e.g., use electromyography-informed simulations to account for muscle co-contractions. Participants of the seminar should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software (e.g., OpenSim, Notepad++) for carrying out the hands-on exercises. By the end of this seminar, you will understand basic principles of musculoskeletal modelling and you will be able to carry out basic analyses of musculoskeletal function.  

Hans Kainz, Department of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Computer Science in Sport, University of Vienna, Austria

Massimo Sartori, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente, Netherlands


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