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

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”.

On July 31st 2018, IPML Master's student Karam Elabd received the AGE-WELL Graduate Student Award in Technology and Aging to support his research. Congratulations!

In July 2018, IPML researchers presented their work on the dynamics of collisions in ice hockey at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. Their posters were titled "Comparison of peak head accelerations between hand-, elbow- and shoulder-to-head checks delivered by hockey players" and "Effective mass and stiffness of the body during shoulder-to-head impacts".

In May 2018, IPML researchers Yijian Yang, Kim van Schooten, Bobbi Symes, Joanie Sims-Gould, Heather McKay, Pet-Ming Leung, Fabio Feldman and Stephen Robinovitch published a report for the BC Care Providers Association(BCCPA). The work was supported by a MITACS grant, the BCCPA, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Ontario Long Term Care Association, the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Alberta Continuing Care Association and the Canadian Association for Long Term Care. The report is titled "Recreation Therapy to Promote Mobility Among Older Adults in Long Term Care" and can be viewed here.

On May 4th and 5th 2018, IPML researchers Tomomi Yamamoto, Natalie Shishov, Kai-Jing Leong and Brigitte Potvin presented their work at the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium at Western Washington University. Their work included head impact avoidance strategies during backwards falls in older adults, balance control in continuous circular perturbations, hockey head impact simulations and characterizing falls from jump elements in competitive figure skating.

Congratulations to Gabriela Pawlowski for successfully defending her Masters thesis in April 2018! Her thesis is titled Brain Vital Signs: Auditory to Visual Translation.

On April 9th 2018, IPML researchers attended the Point of Care Health Technology (PCHT) Trainee Forum event at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. Karam Elabd presented his work to seniors in the community on designing an instrumented dummy for testing injury prevention technologies related to head impacts in falls.