The Effect of Impact Angle on Knee Tolerance to Rigid Impacts

A high number of lower extremity injuries still occurs in head on collisions, even though the number of deaths from traffic accidents is decreasing. Knee injuries occurred in about 10% of traffic accidents that took place in 1979-1995. Fractures of the femur and patella are the most common knee injuries. This study examined the hypothesis that the fracture pattern of the patella would vary with the direction of the impact, and also that the patella is more likely to be fractured from an oblique angle versus an axial impact. Results of the study indicate that the data from the fracture experiments of knees showed a strong correlation with direction of impact and age of the individual.


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  • Accession Number: 01050058
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0768013364
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Paper 2003-22-0001
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2007 12:29PM