The Feasibility of a National Biomechanics Data Bank
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC COMMITTEE ON HEARING BIOACOUSTICS AND BIOMECHANICS
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The major source of mortality and morbidity of the young adult population in industrialized nations is due to impact acceleration from vehicular accidents. One strategy to reduce the mortality and morbidity is the use of protective devices to limit the loads applied to human occupants. The main thrust of a national biomechanics data bank at this time is toward biomechanical and injury data judged to be important for the reduction of mortality and morbidity. Because biomechanical data are expensive to gather, the mutual sharing of such data among laboratories is extremely important and could be accomplished through the establishment of a national biomechanics data bank. However, since the development of a national facility would take time and would itself be extremely expensive, the group feels that the interim measure of standardizing among the several small existing data banks is needed. This would permit retrieval of data from any small bank that is in a format common to the others in terms of nomenclature, units of measure, anatomical coordinate systems, and quality estimates. The common format would then permit eventual collation of small bank data into the national bank with minimal difficulty.
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