Age-Related Changes in Mechanical Properties of Soft Tissue Over the Hip Region

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"Hip fractures are a common and debilitating injury among older adults, and 90% are due to falls. Risk for hip fracture increases exponentially with age. In addition to bone density, this may be due to age-related changes in the mechanical properties of peripheral soft tissues, which act as a natural “shock absorber” for attenuating and distributing impact forces applied to the bone. In this study, we compared the stiffness and damping of soft tissue over the hip region in young and older women, and examined how these associate with soft tissue thickness."


Presented at the biannual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB), Burnaby, BC, Canada, June 6-9, 2012.

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