ISEK: isek


General Information

What is ISEK?

The International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) is a multidisciplinary organization composed of members from all over the world in health-related fields and basic science with a common desire to study human movement and the neuromuscular system.

The purpose of the Society is to promote research and teaching in the disciplines of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology in normal, experimental and pathological conditions of the sensory and motor systems, with emphasis on the interactive use of the two disciplines.

It spans such key topic areas as:

  • muscle and nerve properties
  • motor units
  • physiological modeling
  • control of movement
  • motion analysis
  • posture
  • joint biomechanics
  • muscle fatigue
  • sports and exercise
  • measures of human performance
  • neuromuscular diseases
  • rehabilitation
  • electrical stimulation

When did ISEK begin?

The Society was born on August 13, 1965 when its founder J.V. Basmajian, S. Carlsöö, B. Jonsson, M.A. MacConnaill, J. Pauly and L. Sheving met and agreed to the formation of a small society of electrophysiological kinesiology. Soon afterwards, the first Council of ISEK was elected, including its first president, J.V. Basmajian.

The 1st International Meeting of ISEK took place in Montreal in 1968 where some 70 members participated, and the Constitution and Rules of ISEK were adopted. Since that time, a total of ten International Meetings or Congresses have been held, typically with several hundred participants in attendance. In addition to the exchange of scientific views, past meetings have produced such important contributions as the guidelines for reporting the units, terms, and standards for EMG research, and the establishment of the Society's official journal, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (JEK), in the fall of 1990.

Who are the members of ISEK?

Approximately 500 members are currently active in the Society, representing over 30 countries from around the world. The society's membership consists of a broad range of professions from the biomedical sciences, engineering, physical therapy, physical education, motor control, as well as other disciplines having an interest in research and clinical applications of electrophysiology and kinesiology. Its membership and leadership have included many of the pioneers in these fields.

The Society is administered by a Council consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five other members, all of whom are elected for a two year term.