MSFHR Scholar helps minimize whiplash injuries

21 March 2013

Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin (2008 Scholar, 2004 Trainee) and colleagues at the UBC School of Kinesiology are working to reduce the effects of whiplash.

In a new video posted by the Vancouver Sun, Blouin explains that rear-end automobile impacts induce an "overreaction" response in neck muscles, leading to a range of injuries associated with whiplash. His research has revealed that due to this overreaction, car seat design plays a major role in determining the extent of whiplash injuries.

Blouin and his team are working to develop a "smart" car seat that will be able to sense an impact and adjust in real time to minimize injuries in a collision.