It was once again my privilege to complete the eighth annual CRASH symposium 2006 sponsored by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. Also joining me were my chiropractic assistants, Carrie and Tena, who later in this article will describe their feelings attending this event.
This symposium included crashes where live people were put in a regular auto seat and a Saab seat. Common sense would probably tell you that you couldn’t get hurt in low-speed impacts or that the seats really don’t make much of a difference. In actuality, the ability to see a low-speed impact, then in mere minutes see the impact again in ultra-slow motion reveals how it’s possible to be hurt in such a crash. The Saab car seat was superior in protecting the inhabitant and minimizing injury.
The following are comments by the somewhat layperson’s outlook on what they witnessed and didn’t realize before attending this seminar:
“It was my great fortune to be a guest at the last of the CRASH research performed at the Spine Research Institute in San Diego. The fastest live low-impact crash had an impact of around 7 mph. One particular crash involving two young men stands out in my mind. After witnessing the impact of this 7 mph crash, everyone around me, including myself, gasped. What stood out the most was that the body of the passenger, sitting in the standard car seat and not in the incomparable Saab seat, was like that of a rag doll. The driver was also quite affected, but not to the degree of the passenger. The driver was using the specially designed Saab seat that’s intended to allow the body and head to move together as one unit during a rear impact, which helps reduce the risk of whiplash and other injuries. The purpose of this special car seat was quite evident. After watching the numerous live low-impact crashes, it’s obvious even to the untrained eye how someone can be injured, even when there’s minimal or unseen damage to the vehicle.”—Carrie
“I’ve worked for Dr. Zinser for approximately 12 years and was pleased to be invited to attend this live human crash study with him a few weeks ago, as I was very anxious to witness this type of study. After watching these low-impact crashes, I was amazed by what I saw. It helped me understand more of what Dr. Zinser does and why. I wish I had this opportunity a long time ago—I was unaware of what a person may experience during an automobile accident at such a low rate of speed. I feel very deeply for people who choose not to seek chiropractic care because there may have been minimal or no damage to their vehicle.”—Tena
Once again the education, knowledge, time, and money are all in an effort to level the playing field and the pursuit to make all fair to the victims of CRASH. IBI