18 – 23 September 2023 Athens, Greece


Sebastian Wolf

Sebastian Wolf is a physicist and moved to the field of Human Movement Analysis in 2001 when he started as technical head of the Movement Analysis Lab, Center for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany.

Meanwhile, he is the Director of the Division Human Movement Analysis responsible both for the clinical gait analysis service and the clinical research in this field. In 2015 he became associate professor and three years later was given the title as extra-ordinary professor for Orthopedic Biomechanics at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University. With colleagues he founded the German speaking society for gait analysis GAMMA in 2005 and was leading this society until 2013. He was also the President of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) in years 2015 to 2019.

Sebastian Wolf is active in clinical motion analysis with continuing scientific interest in advancing knowledge in neurologic and orthopedic gait disorders and mobility related medical healthcare, specifically in prosthetics and orthotics. He is teaching gait courses of GAMMA since 2005 and is a teacher at ESMAC gait courses since 2014.

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Baumann-Lecture ESMAC 2023: Do we need toes for walking?


Understanding Gait in Cerebral Palsy may still be considered the Holy Grail of Human Movement Analysis. With his idea of Gastrocnemius lengthening Jürg Baumann was a protagonist to set improvement of function as the primary goal in surgical management – a lesson that can only be learned by gait analysis. In this year’s Baumann-Lecture of ESMAC 2023, I will spend some thoughts about foot function and about the question if we really need our toes for walking. After some model considerations, I will concentrate on functional joint parameter determination within the foot which may help in the future for a better understanding of foot-ground interaction in the presence of foot deformity.

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