Peter Cripton

Degrees / Designations 

PhD, P.Eng.

Email Address 
604 675 8835
Mailing Address 
Vancouver General Hospital


Academic Appointment 
Other Areas of Research 
Injury Biomechanics
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Injury Prevention

Dr. Cripton's work focuses on using the principles of biomechanics to prevent injuries through work known as injury biomechanics. This is the field principly involved in the design of safety devices such as helmets airbags seatbelts and ski bindings. Dr. Cripton has Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia, respectively. He has a Master's and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and spent three years consulting with an Engineering and Consulting company called Exponent in Philadelphia prior to moving to UBC.

Current Projects 

Helmet( Pro-Neck-Tor helmet) to prevent SCI during head-first impact that can occur during sports and transportation activities. We were awarded a “best of what’s new” award by popular science magazine in for the Pro-Neck-Tor helmet. We are actively commercializing this helmet underlining both the improved brain injury protection and the spinal column and spinal cord protection provided by the helmet

  • Neck muscle activation and cervical spine posture during automotive rollovers
  • Neck injury criteria for head-first impacts that happen with lateral bending (the head leaning sideways)
  • Spine degeneration and geriatric spinal cord injury
  • Cerebrospinal fluid pressure during SCI and the role of CSF pressure variation in injury exacerbation or mitigation during clinical treatment
  • Finite Element Analysis of the spine during head-first impact
  • Safe medical evacuation of SCI soldiers
  • Biomechanics of spine implants
  • Efficacy of snowboard helmets during head first impacts on snow
  • Bicycle helmet performance and testing methods.
  • Measuring head accelerations during head impacts in hockey players.
  • Regional brain deformation and injury during head impacts leading to concussion
  • Biomechanics of Hip Injury: We study the basic mechanisms of hip fracture using cadaveric specimens and high speed data collection. It is one aim of this research to identify features in the bone architecture that predispose a specific hip to early fracture. This information can be used in preventative screening.
  • Bicycle safety improvement through infrastructure design (w Kay Teschke)