University of Nebraska Medical Center

Hip Protectors

Hip protectors are hard (plastic) or soft (foam) pads worn over the hip, usually fitted in pockets of specially-designed underwear. They are intended to redirect or attenuate force at the hip in the event of a sideways fall.

Hip Protector Education

Print Resources

  • Hip Protectors for Prevention Hip Fractures in Older People: A systematic review published in 2014 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews summarizes research evidence about the effects of hip protectors reducing hip fracture risk in institutionalized older adults and those living in the community.

Hip Protector Tools

  • Hip Protector Implementation Toolkit: A toolkit created by the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8 can guide health care professionals in the implementation of hip protectors in their facility. While the intended audience is health care professionals in a nursing home setting, individuals who work in hospitals may also find the information useful for patients at high risk for hip fracture.