Effect of Hip Protectors and Body Mass Index on Pressure Distribution During a Fall on the Hip
"Hip fractures are a major health problem among the elderly, and 90% of fractures are caused by falls. Wearable hip protectors (Parker et al., 2006) represent a promising strategy for attenuating and redistributing the force applied to the hip region, and thereby reducing the risk for hip fracture during a fall. However, the protective effect of hip protectors should depend on the direction of the fall, and the amount of baseline soft tissue padding over the hip. In the current study, we tested these hypotheses through safe falling experiments in young adults."
W. J. Choi, S. N. Robinovitch: Effect of hip protectors and body mass index on pressure distribution during a fall on the hip. Abstract at the 2008 North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, August 5-9, 2008.