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25 August 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Seminar room 731.203, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact email: exercise-sciences@auckland.ac.nz

Exercise Science Research Seminar

Lars Schwickert


Lars Schwickert

Department of Clinical Gerontology,

Robert-Bosch-Hospital Stuttgart, Germany


Falls are a major cause of injury and disability in older people. This public health challenge requires accurate and detailed understanding of falls and their mechanics: protective movements performed during the fall and recovery strategies after the fall are clinically relevant for fall prevention. From a technical perspective, an understanding of the kinetics and kinematics of falls are essential for the development of fall protectors and fall detection devices. This presentation will give insight into the kinematics of the human body during real-world falls from objective measurements using inertial sensors. Different fall mechanisms, detection and prevention approaches will be discussed.


Lars Schwickert is a research fellow at the Department of Clinical Gerontology at Robert-Bosch-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He has a background in sports and exercise science with a medical focus, and he is currently in the final stage of his doctoral research at the Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology of the German Sport University Cologne. His thesis focuses on falls and the recovery thereafter measured with body-worn sensors. He has expertise and research experience in the field of gait and activity analysis, virtual reality interventions and robotic-assisted rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases.

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