Research in Action Blog

The world of child injury prevention advances quickly in big and small steps each day. The Research in Action blog shares credible and timely commentary on the latest news, research, events, and more as we work together to keep children safe. We invite thought-provoking comments to spur friendly conversation among our readers. We feel that the regular posting of well-informed commentary by our readers will only enhance the quality of our blog. Comments are moderated by the Research in Action blog staff. The comments section is not intended to be a forum for specific parenting advice or to promote a product. Please use the "Contact Us" form for any information requests. Read more about our Commenting Guidelines.

Car Seats Protect Inside a Vehicle— But What About Outside?

Car seats are essential for keeping children protected in motor vehicles. However, parents and caregivers may not realize that car seats (and other sitting/carrying devices) can actually pose a serious threat to children when they are used outside of their intended purposes. Recent research has explored injuries and even fatalities that can occur when these devices are used inappropriately.

Research Goes Beyond the Crash Test Dummy with Kinect Sensors

Current testing protocols for evaluation of child restraint systems (CRS) do not always reflect real-world scenarios. CIRP@CHOP and Monash University researchers conducted a large-scale naturalistic study of children restrained in CRS that vehicles instrumented with Microsoft Xbox Kinect Sensors™. One million Kinect images later, we know more about realistic child movements in their CRS.

The Rear Seat Challenge for Auto Engineers

New CIRP@CHOP and IIHS research describes the safety of the rear seat relative to the front seat for today's modern passenger vehicles. Bottom line, the rear seat needs focused attention from industry and government.

Concussion's Vestibular Deficits Are Common, May Predict Slower Recovery

In a recent journal article, CHOP researchers describe the prevalence of vestibular deficits in pediatric concussion patients and what recovery looks like for patients that exhibit them at initial evaluation. The vestibular system in the brain and inner ear helps us visually track and focus, maintaining our balance. It's your body's "steadycam", which we can use to help diagnose concussion and then help patients recover from these deficits.

Teen Driving Webinar: GDL Decals Research to Advocacy

Join CHOP for a free webinar on May 12 on how to boost your state's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program to save more teen lives. Hear from a leading teen driver safety researcher and the advocate who helped pass a decal in New Jersey, the first in the nation.

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