AreYouFine?

AreYouFine ERASMUS+ Project financed by the European Community

Summary

Bodily harm is defined as the result of an aggression, exogenous or endogenous, in any body area and its origin can be due to a violent or natural event. The manifestations of bodily harm are different but one of the most important are the musculoskeletal disorders, which are the most frequent complaints reported in health surveys in Europe. These disorders present a huge variety of names, reflecting the diversity of opinions and lack of consensus regarding their origin and treatments. Musculoskeletal injuries are very common in industrialized countries and have very important consequences for the individual and society. In fact, 50% of the European population reports musculoskeletal pain in one or more body points throughout the past year.

Work conditions contribute in a negative way in the intensity and evolution of these disorders. In some EU countries, more than 40% of social and sanitary awards for lost working days are due to these injuries. Another external agent that has a relevant role in the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders is the traffic accidents.

Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) are the most common injuries in collisions. According to European statistics, WAD present in over 80% of traffic accidents.

Many of these injuries present an unspecific origin or it is not possible to find an organic alteration that justifies them. Very often conventional diagnostic techniques do not show apparent injuries at organic level. This situation forces clinicians to work in uncertain situations.

The absence of objective tools to assist clinicians in the determination of the real bodily harm of patients, produces, in some cases, incorrect evaluations and inappropriate treatments, with a negative impact on the public health systems

and patients. Currently, biomechanics is growing because it offers a new approach to obtain quantitative, objective and homogeneous data to improve personal injury assessment procedures. It is based on knowledge of mechanics, engineering, anatomy and physiology to study the behavior of human body, analyzing body segments movements, joints restrictions and muscular strength.

The main objective of the AREYOUFINE? project is to offer innovative e-learning courses focused on biomechanical analysis to improve personal injury assessment taking into account the different laws and boundary conditions in Europe. Therefore, taking into account professionals requirements, we will propose new harmonization contents and validate them to EU countries’ realities.

At the end of the project online courses in English, Spanish, Italian and Polish will be developed in order to train medical  doctors working in insurance companies, hospitals, regulatory entities and legal experts focused on personal injury.

AREYOUFINE? project consortium ensures the achievement of the objectives thanks to their complementary skills.

On one hand, the Instituto de Biomecanica in Valencia (IBV) offers its expertise in biomechanics, the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (SSUP) in law, legal medicine and pedagogical methodologies, the Centralny Instytu Ochrony Pracy (CIOP) in ocupational health and CEREDOC and the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM) in legal medicine and dissemination activities.

The ERASMUS+ Project will last three years and has been financed by the European Union (EU).