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Best Paper Winners

This award is presented annually to the authors of the best scientific paper. The highest scoring abstracts are nominated as candidates for the best paper award in the programme for the meeting and the oral presentations are assessed during the meeting. The award includes expedited publication in Gait & Posture and registration for attendance of the principal author at following year’s main congress.

ESMAC 2022, Dublin, Ireland

1st Jente Willaert

KU Leuven,Movement sciences, Leuven, Belgium

Increased muscle responses to balance perturbations in children with cerebral palsy


2nd Mark McMulkin

Shriners Children’s, Motion Analysis Center, Spokane, USA

Outcomes of intensive versus minimal spasticity management for individuals with cerebral palsy gait: outcomes for a long-term multi-center study


2nd Nathalie De Beukelaer

KU Leuven, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Pellenberg, Belgium

Longitudinal muscle growth in young children with spastic cerebral palsy: evolution of medial gastrocnemius muscle volume

Virtual ESMAC 2021

1st Wouter Schallig

Amsterdam UMC, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Optimizing multi-segment foot model measurements with the Amsterdam Foot Model (O036)

2nd Laure Everaert

KU Leuven, Research Group for Neurorehabilitation (eNRGy), Pellenberg, Belgium

The influence of ankle-foot orthoses on gait pathology in children with cerebral palsy: a retrospective study (O028) 

3rd Leonie Bartsch

Heidelberg University Hospital, Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Heidelberg, Germany

Hindfoot flexibility predicts biomechanical effects of ankle-foot orthoses and laterally wedged insoles in medial knee osteoarthritis (O025) 


Virtual ESMAC 2020

1st Lizeth Sloot

Heidelberg University, Institute of Computer Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany

Walk this way: elderly walk like the young, just more slowly


2nd  Francesco Cenni

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland

Medial gastrocnemius muscle and tendon interaction during gait in typically developing children and children with cerebral palsy


3rd Michael Wade Shrader

Nemours duPont Hospital for Children, Orthopedics, Wilmington, USA

Factors Associated with Walking Activity in Adults with Cerebral Palsy



ESMAC 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1st Nicole Zaino

University of Washington, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seattle- WA, USA

Spasticity reduction in children with cerebral palsy is not associated with reduced energy during walking


2nd  Melvyn  Roerdink

Vrije Universiteit, Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Haste makes waste: on the trade-off between walking speed and target-stepping accuracy


3rd Wouter Schallig

Amsterdam UMC, Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The influence of soft tissue artefacts on foot kinematics according to the Oxford foot model and Rizzoli foot model




ESMAC 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

1st Mike Schwartz

Gillette Children’s Speciality Healthcare Center for Gait and Motion Analysis, St. Paul, USA

A flexible omnibus matching algorithm (FOMA) to support treatment decisions for children with cerebral palsy 


2nd Michael Wachowsky

Klinikum Stuttgart-Olgahospital, Orthopädische Klinik – Ganglabor, Stuttgart, Germany

Comparison of anatomical Tibia-Hindfoot-Alignment and Oxford-Foot-Model marker-set measurement in weight bearing CT – effect of adjustment in the static model 


3rd Lorenzo Pitto

KU Leuven, Department of Movement Sciences, Leuven, Belgium

Post-treatment muscle coordination patterns during gait are highly similar to pre-treatment ones in CP children 


ESMAC 2016, Seville, Spain

Alessandra Scarton

Assessing trans-femoral residuum/socket interface coupling using 3D motion capture – effect of terrains and walking speed

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