"Over 90% of wrist fractures are caused by falls on the outstretched hands (Palvanen et al., Osteoporos Int, 2000). Along with bone strength, fracture risk depends on the magnitude and distribution of force to soft and hard tissues during impact. In the current study, we examined how pressure distribution over the palm during a fall is affected by impact configuration, body mass index (BMI), palmer soft tissue thickness, and a 5 mm thick foam pad (simulating a protective glove)."
W. J. Choi, S. N. Robinovitch. Pressure distribution over the palm during falls on the outstretched hands. Poster #607 abstract at the 56th annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), New Orleans, LA, USA, March 6-9, 2010.