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Center for Applied Biomechanics

As the largest university-based injury biomechanics laboratory in the world, the center specializes in impact biomechanics for injury prevention. Started by NHTSA back in 1989, the center now operates out of a 30,000-square-foot facility located in the University of Virginia Research Park. It is recognized as one of the world’s leading research groups in the field, using state-of-the-art equipment to analyze the intricacies of how the human body responds to injury.

Auto Safety

Our research helps improve safety for automobile occupants and pedestrians.



One of the main goals of the CAB is to increase soldier survivability and performance. Our research runs the gamut from blunt trauma to ballistics and blast.



Working within the CAB experimental efforts is a computational research program with expertise in finite element (FE) modeling and multibody (MB) mechanics.


Sports Biomechanics

Researchers at CAB apply knowledge of biomechanics, experimental design, and computational modeling to understand and mitigate sports injuries.



CAB conducts research to improve post-event response and trauma care with the goal of improving chances for survival and minimizing, if not preventing, prolonged disability or impairment.


Epidemiology is the basic science for public health and complements biomechanical injury research in its fundamental pursuit to understand the cause(s) and mechanism(s) of injury.

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