In what follows, the intent of the authors is to provide a historical perspective on the U. S. National Committee on Biomechanics, i.e., USNCB. In Sec. 2, we will provide background on the emergence of biomechanics as an important area of research. This will then be followed by a section on the formation of USNCB, including the discussions that were part of this process, and a section describing the activities of USNCB over the last three decades. Finally, we conclude with a very brief look into the future.

Prior to the emergence of modern biomechanics in the mid-20th century, brilliant and intrepid engineers, mechanists and scientists were already making important, but oftentimes rather infrequent, contributions to this field of biomechanical science. For example, Galileo had conducted research in the area of bone mechanics. Fung in 1981 attributed to Hermann von Helmholtz the title, “father of bioengineering” [1]....

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