On October 24th and 25th, the VI Meeting of the Spanish Chapter of the European Society in Biomechanics (ESB) took place in the School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Extremadura in Badajoz.

The Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC) presented two papers and chaired a session. Míriam Febrer presented a pilot study in collaboration with Sant Joan de Déu Hospital that addresses if the use of an auditory feedback device can improve the gait pattern of paediatric patients with hemiparesis. Josep Maria Font presented the design and experimental evaluation of a low-cost active orthosis for gait assistance of SCI subjects developed at the Lab. Finally, Rosa Pàmies chaired a session that covered topics related to muscle modelling for the detection and prediction of fatigue, analysis of hip arthroplasty and virtual training of disabled athletes.



During the meeting, there was an Awards Session where the attendees voted the winner among four nominated papers, and two courses were also held: one based on the fundamental principles of musculoskeletal biomechanics, computational simulation of movement, and OpenSim and Mokka simulators; and the other on the use of clinical image segmentation and simulation.

The Chapter main mission

The main mission of the ESB Spanish National Chapter is to connect academic researchers, medical doctors, and the health industry to foster multi-sector collaborations, promote and disseminate the Spanish research in biomechanics. In order to accomplish this goal, a roundtable session with representatives of five societies related to Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering was organized. The members of the table discussed about future trends and challenges in these disciplines.