Title

Effect of Hip Protectors and Body Mass Index on Pressure Distribution During a Fall on the Hip

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

8-2008

Abstract

"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."

Comments

Presented at the the 2008 North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, August 5-9, 2008. Finalist (one of two) for Clinical Biomechanics Award."

Peer Reviewed

1