Whiplash Prevention Campaign is led by Dough Romily from UBC Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and funded by AUTO21. The WPC campaign began as a larger research project to prevent and reduce occupant injury in rear-end collisions. The campaign focuses on three main aspects: Developing strategies for improved head restraint use; developing automatic head restraint position systems in the upcoming production of new vehicles; and developing seat whiplash mitigation systems for all future vehicles. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kristoff Frings, a contributor to Whiplash Prevention blogs shares some important facts on whiplash injuries.
Whiplash injuries are neck injuries caused due to sudden distortions of the neck caused by rear-end vehicle collisions or crashes. Whiplash victims experience pain because of a minor tearing of the soft tissue or mild muscle strain. Other major injuries include disc damage, nerve damage, ruptured ligaments, broken neck, etc. Minor injuries can lead to pain and limited mobility in the neck and head. These symptoms are temporary but symptoms such as tingling in the arms, dizziness, and headaches could be prolonged for a few weeks. Scientists believe that these symptoms are caused due to nerve damage which leads to minor sprains and strain on muscles.
Although there are people who experience whiplash injuries due to several other lifestyle-related reasons and medical conditions, this Whiplash Prevention Campaign focuses on injuries caused by car crashes. A passenger can reduce the chance of getting whiplash injuries from an accident with the proper use of well-designed head restraints. These restraints can reduce serious injuries from auto accidents. Studies also reveal that vehicles that come with well-engineered head restraints can reduce injuries by up to 40 percent.
All the cars should be replaced with correctly positioned head restraints. Whiplash statistics reveal that…