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Benno Nigg

Benno Nigg is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology and founder of the University’s Human Performance Laboratory. His research concentrates on human locomotion with emphasis on mobility and longevity and their application to movement-related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, sport surfaces and sport equipment.

Recent publications

Mohr, M., Trudeau, M., Nigg, S.R., and Nigg, B.M. Increased Athletic Performance in Lighter Basketball Shoes: Shoe or Psychology Effect? Journal of International Sport Physiology and Performance: 3–22, 2016. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0538.

Nigg, S.R., Whiting, J., Tomaras, E., Davis, E., Nigg, B.M. The Basketball-20: Development of a basketball-specific field-based work protocol. Journal of Fitness Research, 4(3)26-35, 2015.

Lienhard, K., Vienneau, J., Nigg, S., Meste, O., Colson, S. S., and Nigg, B. M. Relationship Between Lower Limb Muscle Activity and Platform Acceleration During Whole-Body Vibration Exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research / National Strength & Conditioning Association. 29 (10): 2844–2853, 2015. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000927.

Mohr, M., Enders, H., Nigg, S.R., and Nigg, B.M. The Effect of Shoe Weight on Sprint Performance: A Biomechanical Perspective. Journal of Ergonomics, 6(1): 1–8, 2015.

Mohr, M., Nann, M., von Tscharner, V., Eskofier, B., and Nigg, B.M. Task-Dependent Intermuscular Motor Unit Synchronization between Medial and Lateral Vastii Muscles during Dynamic and Isometric Squats. PLOS ONE, 10 (11): 1–18, 2015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142048.

Enders, H., Cortese, F., Maurer, C., Baltich, J., Protzner, A. B., and Nigg, B. M. Changes in cortical activity measured with EEG during a high intensity cycling exercise. Journal of Neurophysiology: 1–36, 2015. doi: 10.1152/jn.00497.2015

Baltich, J., Maurer, C., and Nigg, B. M. Increased vertical impact forces and altered running mechanics with softer midsole shoes. PloS one. 10 (4):1–11, 2015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125196.

Baltich, J., Emery, C., Stefanyshyn, D. and Nigg, B. The influence of ankle strength exercise training on running injury risk factors. Footwear Science. 7 (1): 99–100, 2015. doi: 10.1080/19424280.2015.1038630.

Buckeridge, E., LeVangie, M.C., Stetter, B., Nigg, S.R., and Nigg, B.M. An on-ice measurement approach to analyse the biomechanics of ice hockey skating. PLoS One 10(5): 1-16. May 14, 2015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127324.

Stetter, B., Buckeridge, E., von Tscharner, V., Nigg, S.R., and Nigg, B.M. A Novel Approach to Determine Strides, Ice Contact, and Swing Phases During Ice Hockey Skating Using a Single Accelerometer. Journal of Applied Biomechanics: 2–21. Epub ahead of print, September 23, 2015. doi: 10.1123/jab.2014-0245.

Baltich, J., von Tscharner, V. and Nigg, B.M. The Degradation of Postural Control with Aging. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 229(9):638-644, 2015. doi: 10.1177/0954411915596013.

Trudeau, M.B., Hoerzer, S., von Tscharner, V., and Nigg, B.M. Functional grouping of runners based on plantar pressure patterns. Footwear Science 7(1):S148-S149, June 2015. doi: 10.1080/19424280.2015.1039078.

Hoerzer, S., Trudeau, M.B., Edwards, B., and Nigg, B.M. How reliable are subjective footwear comfort assessments? Footwear Science, 7(1):S106-S107, June 2015. doi: 10.1080/19424280.2015.1038634.

Hoerzer, S., Federolf, P., Maurer, C., Baltich, J. and Nigg, B.M. Footwear decreases Gait Asymmetry during Running. PLoS ONE, 10(10): e0138631, September 2015). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138631.

Hoerzer, S., von Tscharner, V., Jacob, C. and Nigg, B.M. Defining Functional Groups using Self-Organizing Maps and Support Vector Machines. Journal of Biomechanics, 48(10):2072-2079, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.03.017.

Trudeau, M., von Tscharner, V., Vienneau, J., Hoerzer, S., and Nigg, B.M.

Assessing Footwear Effects from Principal Features of Plantar Loading during Running. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47(9):1988-1996. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000615.

Baltich, J., Whittaker, J., Tscharner, V. von, Nettel-Aguirre, A., Nigg, B. M. and Emery, C. The impact of previous knee injury on force plate and field-based measures of balance. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon). 30 (8): 832–838, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.06.005.

Lucas-Cuevas, A., Baltich, J., Enders, H., Nigg, S., Nigg, B.M. Ankle strength influence on muscle activation during dynamic and static ankle training modalities. Journal of Sports Sciences: 1-8, 09 August, 2015. epub doi: 10.1080/026401414.2015.1072640.

Enders, H. and Nigg, B.M. Measuring human locomotion control using EMG and EEG: Current knowledge, limitations and future considerations. European Journal of Sport Science: 1-11, 04 August, 2015. epub doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1068869.                                    

Nigg, B. M., Baltich, J., Hoerzer, S. and Enders, H. Running shoes and running injuries: Mythbusting and a proposal for two new paradigms: 'preferred movement path' and 'comfort filter'. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (20): 1290–1294, 2015. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095054.


A full list of Benno’s academic papers (in his CV) can be found here



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