The one and a half hour workshops will be held on Monday 10 September at the AUT Conference Centre. Workshops are free for all registered delegates.

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Commercialisation & funding – Dr Philip Graham-Smith (Aspire Academy). Monday 10th Sept 9:00-10:20 am

Dr Philip Graham-Smith

This workshop will challenge delegates to identify their real areas expertise and consider ways in which they can attract and create funding opportunities. The aim is to help academics of all ages to focus their expertise, to manage their time more effectively and to explore new avenues to make their careers more rewarding, fulfilling and hopefully less stressful. Having been a former Head of Department and Associate Head of School (Business & Engagement), Dr Graham-Smith has been in the trenches and acknowledges the increasing demands and pressures of working in academia. The workshop will help delegates to strip back the various aspects of their roles, and to examine ways in which their teaching, research, consultancy and funding expectations can be managed successfully. Phil will be reflective on his own career and share experiences of working in academia, professional sport and private industry.

Dr Philip Graham-Smith has a long and established career as a biomechanist working in academia, professional sport and private industry. He is currently Head of Biomechanics at Aspire Academy in Qatar and was formerly Head of Department and Associate Head of School for Business and Engagement at the University of Salford. He was consultant to UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, the footwear company FitFlops, and he is co-founder of the ForceDecks system. He is passionate about making biomechanical techniques usable and meaningful in the applied world, aligning with the ISBS 2018 ethos of ‘bridging the gap’.

How to work with the media to amplify your work - Dylan Cleaver (NZ Herald) Monday 10th Sept 10:30-11:50 am

Dylan Cleaver

Never before has there been so much attention given to the injury toll in elite sport, with the spotlight firmly centered on head injuries and the potential for long-term cognitive damage to those afflicted. With so much important research being done in the field of sports injury, it is important to know how to work with the media to highlight it. This workshop aims to give a brief overview of the fast-changing modern media landscape. It will offer advice as to how to establish contacts in the media and how to use those contacts wisely. It will demonstrate how to get your key messages across using simple language, without dumbing down the issue. It will traverse ethical issues and, finally, what to do when the message goes wrong.  Attendees will use the lessons learnt from the examples, to workshop during the session how they can work with media to amplify their work.

Dylan is an award-winning journalist who specializes in reporting on the intersection between sport and society and currently works as sports editor-at-large for Herald titles. For the past two decades he has worked for some of the biggest media companies in New Zealand. He has authored three books and have work published in an anthology of New Zealand's best non-fiction writing.

What makes a successful paper – an Editor’s perspective – Steve McMillan (Springer) Monday 10th Sept 12:00-13:20 pm

Steve McMillan

From a compelling cover letter to a concise conclusion, Sports Medicine’s Co-Editor in Chief, Steve McMillan, will provide an editor’s perspective on what makes a successful paper. Sports Medicine receives over 600 submissions a year and can publish only a quarter of these … How do the editors decide which manuscripts to send to peer review? Which manuscripts survive peer review? What details are essential to enable readers to best understand your research and allow for potential replication? What information is required from an ethical perspective? Why do word counts matter anyway?! This interactive workshop will guide you on how to produce an impressive manuscript and increase your chances of getting published in a reputable journal.

Steve McMillan is a Journal Editor at Adis, part of SpringerNature. He is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine - Open and Drug Safety - Case Reports. Steve started at Adis straight out of university, having completed an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science in 2005. Prior to becoming a Journal Editor, Steve gained experience as a Medical Writer, involved in reporting on and critically evaluating clinical drug trials, and as a writer/editor of newsletters in the fields of drug safety and pharmacoeconomics. Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his young family.

Electromyography in Sports Performance - Coleman Bessert and Erin Feser (Noraxon, USA) Monday 10th Sept 12:00-13:20 pm

This workshop will focus on electromyography (EMG) use in the sports performance setting with specific emphasis on accurate interpretation of the myoelectric signal and application of findings. What information can and cannot be determined with EMG will be reviewed to give the workshop participant a better understanding of how EMG can fit into an athlete monitoring program or research investigation. Practical sport specific examples will be highlighted.

Coleman Bessert is the Director of Research and Development at Noraxon USA. He has extensive experience in developing unique solutions for biomechanics measurement in sport applications and has served in prior roles such as the Product Innovation Manager at EXOS and Research Manager at the Nike Sports Research Lab. Erin Feser is the Director of Education at Noraxon USA and Adjunct Faculty at Arizona State University. She has recently joined Noraxon after 9 years in academia and has 10 years of experience in strength and conditioning and competitive sport coaching environments.

AI challenges – Dr Boris Bačić (Auckland University of Technology, NZ) and Assoc. Prof Russel Pears (Auckland University of Technology, NZ) Monday 10th Sept 10:30-11:50 pm

Bacic, Pears and Johnson

Pushing the boundaries of biomechanics and sport science also means embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to advance and augment ways in which sport is coached, played, promoted, broadcasted and commercialised. Technologies capable of capturing human motion enable the advancement of research and can create strategic differences in elite sport, which is reflected by their increasing presence in the growing market of sport gadgets, exergames and rehabilitation technologies. Data-driven machine-learning AI approaches have the potential to provide insights from data, find patterns in specific contexts, generate knowledge, validate expert’s common-sense rules, and offload support decisions and automate cognitive activities.

The workshop will provide a theoretical introduction and a set of analytical and model-designing visual tools for getting started. For those interested in Matlab or other languages, code samples will be provided. The participants will be able to use free open source software alternatives as part of hands-on exercises in a supervised lab.

Boris has multidisciplinary research interest in Computational Intelligence (CI), data analytics combined with sport science, rehabilitation, health, active life advancements and supporting technology.

Russel has taught in various topics in computer science, while practicing as a consultant in the IT industry in the areas of database systems and data mining.

Engaging your audience during your ISBS presentation - Dr Gillian Weir & Josh McGeown Monday 10th Sept 9:00-10:20 am and 13:30-14:50 pm

This workshop aims to provide delegates with tips and feedback as to how best present their research for the ISBS 2018 congress. This interactive workshop will help delegates to learn how to distill and communicate complex ideas, structure your narrative and how to best visualize your data. Participants are encouraged to bring their ISBS presentations to practice and receive constructive feedback.

Gillian Weir is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts. She has been invited to do scientific presentations at Fremantle Dockers Football Club (AFL), West Coast Eagles Football Club (AFL), Shriners Hospital for Children, Hockey Australia and Rugby WA and has presented at a number of international conferences.

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