Applications in Forensic Biomechanics

  • Andrew S. McIntosh
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The use of biomechanics to support the law – coronial, criminal, civil, and other areas – is a developing field, but one that has history in the real world and in the imagination of writers. Biomechanics is both a field of research and professional practice. In one sense, almost any biomechanics research report or project might be relevant to a specific legal question. This chapter provides some case studies and examples of the application of biomechanics in forensics. The chapter also presents some of the challenges for the discipline of biomechanics in its interaction with the legal system.


Biomechanics Forensics Accidental injury Intentional injury Assault Pedestrians Helmets Ergonomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McIntosh Consultancy and ResearchSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP)Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia
  3. 3.Monash University Accident Research CentreMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Andrew McIntosh
    • 1
  1. 1.CremorneAustralia

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