What causes falls?

Half of all falls are caused by incorrect weight transfer. This can mean an individual standing in place shifting weight from one side to the other or it can mean an individual taking a step forward, backward or to the side. It could also mean hopping, jumping, doing stairs, putting on pants or shoes or any of a myriad of movements that require the human body to maintain perfect balance or risk tumbling over.

The second most common cause of falls was tripping followed by a hit or bump.

This information comes from a study conducted by Dr. Stephen Robinovitch of SFU who also tells us that whether one falls to the front or to the side, the likelihood of hip impact is relatively similar.

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