About this Research Topic
Life-saving medical and scientific research based interventions are extending the lives of people, increasing the older population, and saving the lives of individuals who may have previously succumbed to disease and/or injury. These scientific and medical advances have resulted in increased need for rehabilitation and prevention services for people who survive, but have temporary or chronic disabling conditions that interfere with their ability to perform. As a result, dramatically increasing demands exist for research on injury analysis, diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation to assist individuals as they recover, rehabilitate, and adapt to health changes. Although the role of research has been actively pursued, excellent quality investigations into injury prevention, rehabilitation outcomes, and theoretical rationales are still strongly challenged.
A newly proposed Frontiers’ research topic in injury prevention and rehabilitation research suggests the need for a highly multidisciplinary field of studies aimed to enhance activity, function, and participation in daily life while promoting safety, health, and wellness among people with or at risk of disabilities. Being a multidisciplinary research field, this research topic in injury prevention and rehabilitation research will require strong collaborations among a range of fields and specialties such as ergonomics, human factors, biomechanics, medicine, neuroscience, vision sciences, biomedical engineering, computer science, rehabilitation science technology, physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
This projected Frontiers’ research topic will focus on exploring scientific and technological solutions to prevent and rehabilitate individuals from regional communities with industrial injuries to assist elite sport competitors. These aims will not only prevent injuries by making streets, homes, sports and work places safer and by preventing injuries and illnesses before they occur, but also develop new knowledge and applications by attracting high interests and their outcomes that can be transferred to daily life. New diagnostic, therapeutic, and assistive devices resulting from continuous research and development also will be expected, while millions of people will reap the benefits. In this research topic, we encourage submissions which explore the breadth and depth of this growing research and development area. Although articles related to the following sub-topics are especially welcome, quality manuscripts exploring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions and evaluation of new techniques and methods in injury prevention and rehabilitation research will be given high priority:
1) Occupational accident and injury prevention;
2) Biomechanics of impact and human tolerance limits to injury;
3) Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering for injury prevention and rehabilitation;
4) Design, implementation and evaluation of injury countermeasures;
5) Exercise and sports equipment technology and injury prevention;
6) Neuro-engineering and rehabilitation technology;
7) Soft tissue biomechanics and injury prevention;
8) Human performance, injury analysis and rehabilitation;
9) Tele-rehabilitation technology.
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.