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UTILIZING SIMPLIFIED HUMAN BODY AND COUNTERMEASURE MODELS FOR HEAD INJURY PREVENTION IN CONTACT AND MOTOR SPORTS

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Athletes participating in contact sports can experience severe impacts with unique loading mechanisms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports annually, with the majority occurring in American Football. However, contact sports are not the only sport with injury risk. Within motorsports, drivers can be subjected to high severity impacts which have been shown to result in injury to the driver. Modern innovations in motorsport safety has reduced the risk for drivers but there are challenges in estimating and preventing injury risk for these multi-variable crash environments. Traditional methods of testing have been a cornerstone to the enhancement of safety in these sports. However, simulation-based approaches through finite element analysis provide researchers with added flexibility to study these impact environments and develop effective countermeasures.
subject
computational modeling
football helmet model
human body modeling
injury biomechanics
motorsport injury
PPE modeling
contributor
Decker, William Bryson (author)
Gayzik, Francis S (committee chair)
Stitzel, Joel D (committee member)
Weaver, Ashley A (committee member)
Urban, Jillian E (committee member)
Rowson, Steven (committee member)
date
2020-08-28T08:35:33Z (accessioned)
2020 (issued)
degree
Biomedical Engineering (discipline)
2021-08-27 (liftdate)
embargo
2021-08-27 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96962 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
UTILIZING SIMPLIFIED HUMAN BODY AND COUNTERMEASURE MODELS FOR HEAD INJURY PREVENTION IN CONTACT AND MOTOR SPORTS
type
Dissertation

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