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Research & Testing

VSI (and its prior entity Biomechanics Research & Consulting, Inc.) has conducted both internally and externally funded research as part of our mission to conduct “original scientific research in order to advance the applied science of forensic biomechanics.

In our research endeavors we utilize our background and experience in physical testing, computational biomechanics (mathematical modeling/simulation), statistical methods, and thousands of real-world accident case investigations and reconstructions.

VSI has a successful track record of research collaborations with prestigious universities, private corporations, and national amateur and international professional sport organizations including:

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB Engineering)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Department of
      Physiological Science & UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery)
University of Southern California (USC Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy)
Wayne State University (WSU Department of Biomedical Engineering)
University of Colorado (CU Health Science Center, Department of Orthopaedics, Biomechanics Laboratory)
Colorado School of Mines (CSM Center for Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Research, Computational Biomechanics Group)
MEA Forensics
J2 Engineering
United States Olympic Committee (USOC Sport Science & Technology Division)
United States Cycling Federation (USCF)
National Hockey League (NHL)

We have received external funding from:
Science Council of British Columbia (SCBC) Technology BC
Investments in Research and Development United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Science Technology & Committee
National Hockey League (NHL)

Our research has included work in the areas of:
Automobile Impact Injury Biomechanics
Children in rollover collisions (assessing restraint system use, effectiveness, injury risk using NASS-CDS analysis
       and statistics)
Cervical spine injury biomechanics in low-speed rear-end impacts (measuring head/neck kinematics, muscle dynamics,
       and injury
       biomechanics in full-scale car crash tests with live human volunteers)
Forensic determination of seat belt use (generating collision induced markings and other belt evidence in sled tests with ATDs)
Head restraint head impact dynamics and cervical disc injury biomechanics (seat back and head restraint design evaluation)
Instrument panel knee impact dynamics and associated meniscus injury biomechanics (using cadaver lower extremity
Physical evidence, modeling, and simulation of occupant kinematics and seat belt usage

Sport/Recreation Impact Injury Biomechanics
Head impact dynamics of helmeted hockey players onto dasher board cap-rail designs (instrumented headform impacts)
Head impact dynamics of helmeted hockey players into glass-terminal post padding designs (instrumented headform impacts)
Head/face impact dynamics and injury tolerance from hockey puck impacts (field data, puck velocity analysis, and injury
Ice resurface machine passenger/rider safety feasibility study
Bicycle shoe-pedal interface dynamics and overuse knee injury biomechanics
Bicycle seat design pressure patterns and injury assessment
Ski lift tower pole padding performance and injury mitigation

Industrial/Occupational Impact Injury Biomechanics
Framing construction nailgun dynamics, injury mechanics, and patellar fracture patterns (using cadaver lower extremity
Framing construction nailgun dynamics, injury mechanics, and safety helmet protection (using surrogate skulls)
Fall injury biomechanics and injury risk assessment onto protective floor mats used bedside in hospital/care settings
Industrial floor sweeper seated operator dynamics and lumbar spine injury mechanics
Slip and fall dynamics and tribometer measurement techniques, validation, and repeatability

Our research has been published in academic journals, scientific conference proceedings, and invited book chapters including:
Journal of Biomechanics
Orthopaedic Research Society
International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
World Congress of Biomechanics
Rehabilitation Nursing
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
International Congress on Biomechanics (ISB International Society of Biomechanics)
Frontiers in Whiplash Trauma: Clinical and Biomechanical
Clinical Biomechanics
Accident Analysis & Prevention
World Congress on Whiplash-Associated Disorders
Journal of Testing and Evaluation
International Symposium on Whiplash
IRCOBI Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact
North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB: ASB American Society of Biomechanics & ISB International Society of
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Stapp Car Crash Conference
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Sports Medicine
International Journal of Sport Biomechanics
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
National Academy of Forensic Engineers
Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference

Our work has been presented at scientific conferences:
World Congress of Biomechanics
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress
Stapp Car Crash Conference
International Workshop on Human Subjects for Biomechanical Research
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
IRCOBI International Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact
World Congress on Whiplash-Associated Disorders
International Symposium on Whiplash
International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Congress on Biomechanics
North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB)
Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators
American College of Sports Medicine
Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists

We have been invited to lecture/present to:
CLM 2016 Product Liability Conference
ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability
University of Colorado (Department of Integrative Physiology)
DRI Product Liability Conference
UCLA (Department of Physiological Science)
University of Colorado Fleming Law School
Colorado School of Mines (Bioengineering)
International Society of Biomechanics
Association of Biomedical Communication Directors, Biocommunications Association, Health Sciences Communications
      Association Joint Meeting
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
National Institute of Forensic Studies
Texas A&M University (Texas Engineering Extension Service)
SOAR/WATAI/TAARS Combined Conference
American College of Sports Medicine

Our research has been nominated for international awards:
Finalist International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Clinical Biomechanics Award
Finalist International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Young Investigator Poster Award
Finalist International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Young Investigator Poster Award

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