Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Biomechanics of Injury

  • Beth RushEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_223


An inclusive term to explore and describe the mechanical and physical factors that result in traumatic brain injury.

Current Knowledge

Biomechanical injuries typically occur without the direct impact of an outside object on the skull or brain, but rather in the context of acceleration-deceleration injuries or blast injuries. High-speed situations such as motor vehicle accidents and sports provide mediums for these inertia-based injuries. The structure of the skull includes sinuses and bony protective regions. Underlying brain tissue is held in suspension underneath the skull not only by the meninges, but also by a cushion of cerebral spinal fluid. Different inertial forces such as linear acceleration, rotation of the head, or massive vibration or air pressure changes in the environment can result in a wide range of potential damage to these underlying substances. These disruptions may include skull fracture, linear acceleration injury, rotational injury, and the effects of...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References and Readings

  1. Bayly, P. V., Cohen, T. S., Leister, E. P., Ajo, D., Leuthardt, E. C., & Genin, G. M. (2005). Acceleration-induced deformation of the human brain. Journal of Neurotrauma, 22, 845–856.PubMedPubMedCentralCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Goriely, A., Geers, M. G., Holzapfel, G. A., Jayamohan, J., Jerusalem, A., Sivaloganathan, S., Squier, W., van Dommelen, J. A., Waters, S., & Kuhl, E. (2015). Mechanics of the brain: Perspectives, challenges, and opportunities. Biomechanical Models of Mechanobiology, 14(5), 931–965.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Oeur, R. A., Karton, C., Post, A., Rousseau, P., Hoshizaki, T. B., Marshall, S., Brien, S. E., Smith, A., Cusimano, M. D., & Gilchrist, M. D. (2015). A comparison of head dynamic response and brain tissue stress and strain using accident reconstructions for concussion, concussion with persistent postconcussive symptoms, and subdural hematoma. Journal of Neurosurgery, 123(2), 415–422.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  4. Ommaya, A. K., Goldsmith, W., & Thibault, L. (2002). Biomechanics and neuropathology of adult and pediatric head injury. British Journal of Neurosurgery, 16, 220–242.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo ClinicJacksonvilleUSA