Welcome to the website of the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program.

TIPS is a unique university-community partnership for developing new technologies to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. We are funded by the AGE-WELL National Centre for Excellence (NCE), and by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) through the Emerging Teams in Mobility in Aging and Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research programs.

Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic. Indeed, falls from standing height are the most common cause of injury-related hospitalizations across the lifespan. 

Falls are especially devastating among older adults, as the cause of over 90% of hip fractures and wrist fractures, and 60% of head injuries in this population. Approximately 20% of hip fracture patients die within a year, and 50% will not return to their pre-fracture level of mobility and independence.

TIPS uses innovative approaches (such as video capture and wearable sensors) to determine the causes and circumstances of falls of older adults. We also develop and test the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about this innovative program.

The above video is based on a 2009 Discovery Channel episode highlighting TIPS research on fall injury prevention.


Lab contact information: 

Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory 
Room K8508 
Simon Fraser University 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC, Canada 
V5A 1S6 
Telephone: 778.782.6679 
Fax: 778.782.3040

Recent News

On February 17th 2019, CBC's The National showcased the IPML's research on falls and injury prevention during their segment about fall risks in seniors. Click here for the article and video.

A 7 minute interview with Dr. Robinovitch on CBC’s Radio Canada International is available here.

In September 2018, the IPML began sharing a unique collection of 105 videos and related information from falls in two long term care facilities in the Vancouver area on Databrary, an NYU based data sharing network. Interested members can request join the network and gain access to this collection for their research and education purposes. 

On October 18th 2018, IPML team members Ivy Tan and Ada Dojnov presented their research at the Canadian Association of Gerontology conference with two posters, "Determining factors that are associated with risk for falling in older adults in long-term care" and "The Associations between Fall Characteristics and Injury Patterns among Older Adults in Long-Term Care". Dr. Yijian Yang also had a podium presentation titled "Effects of a Physical Activity Program on Strength and Mobility of Older Adults in Assisted Living". The conference website can be found here.

On November 5th 2018, IPML post-doctoral fellow Dr. Yijian Yang presented his work at the World Safety Conference 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand titled "Biomechanical Determinants of Hip Fracture in Older Adults: Evidence from Video Capture of Falls in Long-term Care". The conference website can be found here.

In November 2018, IPML research by Yang et al. on sex differences in older adult fall characteristics was awarded the Gold Award at the Innovative Research on Aging Awards from the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. Click here for the article.

Between October 16th and 18th 2018, IPML researchers presented their work at the Age-Well annual conference in Vancouver. During the Drinks and Demos event, Dr. Robinovitch talked about Databrary and a new set of fall videos that we have recently made available to researchers. Karam Elabd displayed his backwards falling dummy project at the event and was runner up for best demo of the evening! Karam Elabd, Natalie Shishov and Dr. Vicki Komisar presented their research during the Science Slam session and Vicki was voted best presenter. Yijian Yang, on behalf of Aleksandra Dojnov, talked about the relation between the circumstances of falls and reported injuries during the scientific talk session. 

From August 14-17, 2018, IPML researchers attended the 20th Biennial Meeting of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics in Halifax. Ph.D. student Natalie Shishov provided a podium presentation on her study "An analysis of the association between leg raise and head impact during backward falls in older adults.” Stephen Robinovitch presented a poster from undergraduate trainee Kai-Jing Leong’s study on "Biomechanics of falls from jump elements in competitive figure skaters in practice and competition settings”.