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Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory

Understanding the Cause and Prevention of Injuries

The mission of the Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory at Simon Fraser University is to prevent injuries through biomechanics. We seek to generate important new knowledge on how injuries occur, and to use that knowledge to develop and evaluate interventions. We capitalize on emerging technologies, including video capture and wearable sensors, to generate real-life data for exploring the complex interactions between physiological, environmental, and behavioural factors that govern risk for injuries. Use the links below explore ongoing research in three areas: falls in older adults, head impacts in ice hockey, and falls and injuries in mountain biking. 

Research areas

Falls in Older Adults

Collisions in Hockey

Falls in Mountain Biking

News and Announcements

2022 Canadian Injury Prevention Conference

Nov 2-3, 2022

At the 2022 Canadian Injury Prevention Conference, IPML researchers described their findings on the mechanisms of falls in mountain biking!

On Nov 2, 2022, IPML trainee Emily P. Chilton provided an oral presentation on “Decision making in mountain biking: role of riding ability and fear of falling”. Read Emily’s abstract here: https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/2022conference/program/concurrent-session-2/

On Nov 3, 2022, IPML trainee Rickie Ma provided a mini-oral presentation on “Circumstances of falls causing head impact in mountain biking”. Read Rickie’s abstract here: https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/2022conference/program/concurrent-session-3/mini-orals/#3a

On Nov 3, 2022, IPML trainee Sukhman Gosal provided a mini-oral presentation on “Development and validation of a questionnaire for analyzing falls in mountain biking”. Read Sukhman’s abstract here: https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/2022conference/program/concurrent-session-3/mini-orals/#3a

     

Educational videos on falls among older adults

Sept 13, 2022

With support from AGE-WELL, the IPML has developed a series of educational videos on fall and injury prevention in older adults. The videos are being used in the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum, and in training modules in Fraser Health, British Columbia’s largest health authority. 

SFU TIPS Falls in Older Adults - Introduction

SFU TIPS - Falls in Older Adults: (1) What causes falls?

SFU TIPS - Falls in Older Adults: (2) Hip protectors

SFU TIPS - Falls in Older Adults: (3) Protect your head

SFU TIPS - Falls in Older Adults: (4) Clinical risk factors