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The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) was founded in 1973 to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level, although special emphasis is given to the biomechanics of Human Movement. The Society's membership includes scientists from a variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (mechanical, industrial aerospace, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sport science and medicine, ergonomics, electro-physiological kinesiology and others. Society activities include the organization of biennial international congresses, publication of congress proceedings and a biomechanics monograph series, distribution of a quarterly Society newsletter, sponsorship of scientific meetings related to biomechanics and affiliation with the Journal of Biomechanics, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology., and Gait and Posture.

Since its founding at Penn State University in 1973, the ISB has grown to a membership of over 1,000. The Society provides for affiliate membership of national biomechanics organizations. Current affiliate groups are the American Society of Biomechanics, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Bulgarian Society of Biomechanics, Canadian Society of Biomechanics, Chinese Society of Sports Biomechanics, Comisia de Biomecanica Inginerie si Informatica (Romania), Czech Society of Biomechanics, Japanese Society of Biomechanics, Korean Society of Sport Biomechanics, Polish Society of Biomechanics, Russian Society of Biomechanics, Societe de Biomecanique (France), The Society also supports technical and working groups for the purpose of advancing knowledge in specialized areas within the field of biomechanics. Currently active technical sections include   Computer Simulation, Shoulder Biomechanics, Footwear Biomechanics and 3-D Motion Analysis.

The major activity of the Society is the organization and conduct of its biennial International Congress on Biomechanics, held in different countries. The Proceedings, as well as the separately published Keynote and Award-winning papers, are a valuable contribution to research literature and also serve to document the progress of the field of biomechanics.

The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) was founded in October 1977. The purpose of the Society is to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among researchers in biomechanics. The term biomechanics is used here to mean the study of the structure and function of biological systems using the methods of mechanics.

There are several regional and national associations - the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, for example, which regularly or occasionally assign portions of their meetings to biomechanics. These however, are generally attended by those people associated with the parent field. As a result, there is little opportunity for the kind of exchange between people working in different fields of application that would clearly benefit all concerned. The American Society of Biomechanics was formed to meet this need.

Members may take advantage of reduced subscription rates to selected journals from Elsevier Science and from Human Kinetics.


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