Falls have serious and debilitating consequences for all ages. While there is extensive research on falls in older adults, falls in other age groups are understudied. Our research demonstrates that even young healthy adults have a high fall and injury rate, and that most falls occurred while the participants were simply walking. This observation highlights the inherent instability of biped locomotion. Therefore, falls are not a trivial problem for young adults, and this research will be extended to examine falls across the lifespan.
PI – Dr. Shirley Rietdyk
Students – HyeYoung Cho, Michel Heijnen