Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Harris, Gerald F.

Second Advisor

Bachschmidt, Rebecca

Third Advisor

Cheng, Joe


Spinal cord injury (SCI) continues to be a major area of medical and biomechanical concern despite improvements in comprehensive trauma care. Acute cervical spine injury accounts for approximately 20% of all in-car deaths. A quantitative understanding of cervical spine biomechanics during impact loading is· necessary to improve clinical evaluative methods and our understanding of injury biomechanics. Knowledge of the three-dimensional cervical spine motion, or kinematics, may also be helpful in developing improved biomechanical models. To date there have been no known studies of head motion in which a detailed three-dimensional kinematic analysis has been performed.



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