Research Seminar: What body-worn sensors tell us about falls Event as iCalendar

(Exercise Sciences)

25 August 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 731-203

Location: Tāmaki Innovation Campus, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

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Dr Lars Schwickert

Speaker: Dr Lars Schwickert, Department of Clinical Gerontology, Robert-Bosch-Hospital Stuttgart, Germany

Falls are a major cause of injury and disability in older people. This public health challenge requires accurate and de­tailed understanding of falls and their mechanics: protec­tive movements performed during the fall and recovery strategies after the fall are clinically relevant for fall prevention. From a technical perspec­tive, an understanding of the kinetics and kinematics of falls are es­sential for the development of fall protectors and fall detection devices. This presentation will give insight into the kinematics of the human body during real-world falls from objective measurements using inertial sensors. Different fall mechanisms, detection and prevention approaches will be discussed.

Lars Schwickert is a research fellow at the Department of Clinical Gerontology at Robert-Bosch-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He has a background in sports and exercise science with a medical focus, and he is currently in the final stage of his doctoral research at the Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology of the German Sport University Cologne. His thesis focuses on falls and the recovery thereafter measured with body-worn sensors. He has expertise and research experience in the field of gait and activity analysis, virtual reality interventions and robotic-assisted rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases.