The cervical whiplash syndrome caused by traffic accidents has a high incidence in Spain and, since there are no effective diagnostic tools, it is a controversial condition. This situation results in high personal and economic costs in nowadays society. Against this background, Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) has developed WAAS/IBV. More than 40 years of experience in biomechanical assessment have allowed the IBV to develop this objective, quick, simple and cost-effective biomechanical assessment system for the evaluation of the cervical whiplash syndrome caused by traffic accidents, based on scientifically validated methodologies.
Since the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) was created in the UPV, around 1976, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have always been the main areas of interest. Throughout these years, the IBV has developed many contributions and innovations within this field. The use of biomechanical analysis techniques to diagnose, assess and monitor the main pathologies of the locomotor system is certainly among the most representative ones.
As a result of this activity, the IBV has collaborated with the main national and international agents in this medical field. One of the most outstanding examples, because of its extent and scope, is the collaboration of the IBV with the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM). The joint work of both organizations made it possible to promote the use of biomechanics in the daily practice of European professionals, meeting their healthcare needs through various innovative training actions.