Simon Bartold is a graduate of Adelaide University where he gained a Bachelor Degree
in Science with majors in Physiology and Zoology. His further qualification in Podiatry was gained at the University of South Australia. He graduated with honours and was awarded the University prize for dux of the course. Simon holds postgraduate fellowships in Sports Podiatry with the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, in
Sport Sciences with Sports Medicine Australia, and in Sports Medicine with the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasg)
In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Best Clinical Paper award for original research at the Australasian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. He repeated this feat in 2002 with a paper entitled “A Numerical Foot Model to Predict Sole Stability Parameters in Athletic Footwear”. In 2007 he was once again recognized for research excellence with a paper entitled “Effects of estrogen on the mechanical behaviour of the human Achilles tendon in vivo.”
It is the first and only time this award has been presented to the same researcher on multiple occasions.
In July 2009, Simon was awarded the Richard O Schuster Award by the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding contributions to Education and Research in the field of Biomechanics. It is the only time the recipient has been a non-North American native.
Simon has been an executive board member of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (SMA) and Past President of the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and remains the only podiatrist worldwide to ever hold a commission position with the International Sports Medicine Federation (F.I.M.S.).
He has been the consultant podiatrist to the Australian Institute of Sport Cricket Academy, The British Cricket Academy and the Indian Cricket Team as well as a number of state and national sporting teams. He was the Deputy Director of Podiatry Services at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, and again chosen for the medical teams in Athens 2004 and Turin 2006. He attended his 4th Olympic games in London in 2012.
In 2006-2009 and 2014-2015 he was consultant podiatrist to the Port Power in the AFL.
He has been an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and the Australasian Physiotherapy Journal and a journal reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine
Simon is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasg), a Fellow of the University of Melbourne at the centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Staffordshire. He has published over 30 papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals, has authored numerous book chapters and has lectured at international conferences in 41 countries.
His authored book, The Foot and Leg in Sport has just been e-published to great acclaim. Research interests include the technical aspects of athletic footwear and pressure/force measurement in relation to intervention parameters and injury.
Simon worked as International Research and Design Consultant for the global body of the Asics Corporation for more than 15 years until July 2013.
He was responsible for the concept, design and development of many of ASICS Iconic shoes including the GEL Kayano IGS concept. He was also responsible for the development of other iconic ASICS franchises including the GEL Nimbus, the GEL 3000 and the GEL 2000 series.
His published research on behalf of ASICS has been acclaimed and awarded.
In 2014, Simon moved to France to head up the road running development program for the world’s largest Trail Running brand, Salomon. His official title was Director of Strategic Programs for Amer Sports (brands including Salomon Wilson and Arcteryx).
During his 4.5 years at Salomon, Simon was directly responsible for building 2 running franchises from scratch, the Sonic range and the Predict range, both of which have been particularly successful.
Of particular satisfaction was Simon’s role with the Predict, which was not only his intellectual concept, but also his design.
Simon returned with his family to Australia in January 2019 and now lives in Adelaide.
With over 30 years of experience at the very highest level of the athletic footwear industry, and in particular road running, Simon is a very well recognized and connected expert in the field.
When research gets it wrong. Lessons from the Literature – (English spoken – subtitled Dutch and French)
When research gets it wrong. Lessons from the Literature