The IAAF, with help from the IAF (International Athletics Foundation), has in the past initiated several scientific projects in the areas of biomechanics, coaching and development. With the completion of the projects, a final report was produced, as a resource for further information and as documentation of the projects.
Biomechanical Research Projects
The IAAF and the IAF supports biomechanical projects, as a service to their Member Federations, a policy which was started at the IAAF World Championships in Rome 1987.
Other Biomechanical Projects were conducted:
- In 1988 at the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, Seoul.
- In 1997, at the IAAF World Championships, Athens.
- In 1995, at the IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg. Conducted in co-operation with the Swedish Sport Institute of Karlstad and under the leadership of Anders Bergstrom a biomechanical research on “Throws” was conducted: see New Studies in Athletics (NSA): issue 4-1995 and issue 5 – 1996.
- In 2005, at the IAAF World Championships, Helsinki. Research conducted on 100m - Pole Vault , High Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin Throw, under the leadership of Prof. Paavo Komi (FIN). The IAAF published the final report in 2008 as a supplement to NSA.
- In 2007, at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka. Conducted in co-operation with Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, under the leadership of Prof. Michiyoshi Ae, the IAAF received a final report on; short sprints, distance running , High Jump , Long Jump, Shot Put and Javelin Throw. The report was published in NSA: issue 2 – 2008
- In 2009, at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Conducted in co-operation with the DLV and the leadership of Helmar Hommel (GER), the final report is available via the links in this section of the IAAF website.
- In 2011, at the IAAF World Youth Championships of Lille, in co-operation with the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics - German Sport University Cologne (GER).
- In 2011, at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Conducted in co-operation with the Korean Society of Sports Biomechanics (KOR), concerning the Hammer Throw the final report is available via the link in this section of the IAAF website.
- In 2010, at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, concerning the 60m Hurdles, the final report is available via the links in this section of the IAAF website.
Congresses - Symposia - Seminars
Several activities have been organised under the supervision of the IAAF.
In 1990 the German Sport University Cologne organised a conference funded by the IAF on biomechanics ‘Techniques in Athletics’. At the 4th edition of the IAAF World Championships, Stuttgart in 1993 the IAF organised a specific congress on the development co-operation of the IAAF, “Sport and Athletics for All“.
In 1996 a seminar in Dublin focused on the global vision behind the IAAF’s efforts and activities in development, and there was a Symposium organised in Jakarta on Women’s related issues.
In 2002 the IAF along with the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation hosted an international working group on Youth Athletics, during the IAAF World Cup.
In 2009, immediately after the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, the IAAF organised the 1st World Coaches Conference in Kienbaun (GER).
In 2012, immediately after the IAAF World Junior Championships, the IAAF organised a special International Youth Athletics Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
In 2013, the 2nd IAAF World Coaches Conference was held in Moscow, Russia, immediately following the end of the IAAF World Championships.