How to prevent falls

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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Researchers at Simon Fraser University are analyzing how people fall with the aim of preventing injuries.

The Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program at Simon Fraser University partnered with two long-term care facilities in the Vancouver area to study real-life falls. They’re using this falling data to design new preventions such as compliant flooring and hip protectors that can help alleviate fall-related injuries.

According to principal investigator Stephen Robinovitch, falls are the number one reason older people enter long-term care facilities. But thanks to CFI funding, TIPS has infrastructure to recreate falls in a lab environment. Here, researchers not only study the impact of falls more closely, but can also test prototypes as they develop them.

Find more stories of research in action on, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.