Applications of Biomechanics Aiding in the Diagnosis of Child Abuse

Gina Bertocci*, Mary Clyde Pierce

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Injury biomechanics is the field of study focusing on the biomechanical behavior of the human body under injury-producing conditions. One of the unique challenges faced by pediatric emergency medicine clinicians is distinguishing between inflicted and noninflicted injuries in children. Biomechanics is one tool that can aid in determining the compatibility between a child's injury and the reported mechanism of injury. An overview and examples of various biomechanical approaches used to distinguish between inflicted and noninflicted injuries in children are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-199
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

Keywords

  • biomechanics
  • child abuse
  • injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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