Journal of Applied Biomechanics

An Official Journal of the International Society of Biomechanics

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Print ISSN: 1065-8483            Online ISSN: 1543-2688


JAB 2022 JIF: 1.4The mission of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics (JAB) is to disseminate the highest quality peer-reviewed studies that utilize biomechanical strategies to advance the study of human movement. Areas of interest include clinical biomechanics, gait and posture mechanics, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular biomechanics, sport mechanics, biomechanical modeling, and biomechanics education and outreach. Studies of sport performance that explicitly generalize to broader activities, contribute substantially to fundamental understanding of human motion, or are in a sport that enjoys wide participation, are welcome. Also within the scope of JAB are studies using biomechanical strategies to investigate the structure, control, function, and state (health and disease) of animals.

JAB is published bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October, and December), and contains original research articles, technical notes, computational model articles, review articles, target articles, and book reviews. JAB is an official journal of the International Society of Biomechanics, and has a working affiliation with the American Society of Biomechanics. JAB was formerly known as the International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, and has been continuously published since 1985.

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Katherine A. Boyer
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Editors Emeriti

Richard C. Nelson (Founding Editor: 1985–1990)
Robert J. Gregor (1991–1996)
Mark D. Grabiner (1997–2002)
Thomas S. Buchanan (2003–2011)
J.J. Trey Crisco (2012–2016)
Michael L. Madigan (2017-2021)

Associate Editors

Biomechanical Modeling
Dennis Anderson
Harvard Medical School, USA

Ross Miller
University of Maryland, USA

Clinical Biomechanics
Tom Kernozek
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA

Erika Nelson-Wong
Augustana University, USA

Gait & Posture Mechanics
Tanvi Bhatt 
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA 

Jason R. Franz
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Christopher McCrum
Maastricht University, Netherlands

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Warren Darling
University of Iowa, USA

Stephanie Forrester
Loughborough University, UK

Mark C. Miller
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Neuromuscular Biomechanics
Kelly J. Cole
Appalachian State University, USA

Laura-Anne Furlong
Loughborough University, UK

Jae Kun Shim
University of Maryland, USA

Sport Mechanics
Matthew T.G. Pain
Loughborough University, UK

Steve Rowson
Virginia Tech, USA

Editorial Board

Jack P. Callaghan, University of Waterloo, Canada

Allison Clouthier, University of Ottawa, Canada

Jocelyn Hafer, University of Delaware, USA

Marius Henriksen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark

Hiroaki Hobara, Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Steven Kautz, Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Dylan Kobsar, McMaster University, Canada

Alberto Leardini, Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Italy

Jason Machan, Rhode Island Hospital (Statistician), USA

Richard R. Neptune, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Riann M. Palmieri-Smith, University of Michigan, USA

Xingda Qu, Shenzhen University, China 

Michael Rainbow, Queen's University, Canada

Stacie Ringleb, Old Dominion University, USA

Andrew Sawers, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA 

David John Saxby, Griffith University, Australia

Alison Sheets, Nike Sport Research Lab, USA

Anne K. Silverman, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Kota Takahashi, University of Utah, USA

Brian Umberger, University of Michigan, USA

Jaap H. van Dieën, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social Media Manager
Kevin Wallbank, Loughborough University, UK

Social Media Assistant Manager
Mohammad Akhavanfar, University of Ottawa, Canada

Human Kinetics Staff
Doug Hoepker, Senior Journals Managing Editor

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The Journal of Applied Biomechanics (JAB) disseminates the highest quality peer-reviewed studies that utilize biomechanical strategies to advance the study of human movement.


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Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
b. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
c. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
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(updated December 2023) 

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