Identification of the mechanisms of cervical spine injury during head first impacts

Project: Research-related funding

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The NCSRR visiting scholars program is a unique experience that fosters expertise and collaborations in biomechanical simulations for rehabilitation research.

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The specific aim is to investigate the mechanisms of cervical spine injuries due to the application of mis-directed external loads on the head. This forward dynamic approach will allow to i) describe the loading patterns on cervical spine vertebrae, ii) identify the failure mechanisms related to the loading patterns described, and ii) quantify the neck muscle contribution.
The hypothesis is that a forward dynamic simulations can be exploited to confirm i) a buckling mechanism is more likely to occur than a hyperflexion mechanism during head first impact, and ii) neck muscles plays a substantial role in avoiding undesired movements.
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Effective start/end date1/07/151/08/15