How much force does it take to snap the femur?
Exactly how much force does it take to snap the femur in half? That happened to me, and I heard the force needed is high.
We put this to Dr Ken Poole...
Ken - Normally, it's thought of in terms of the amount of energy available in a fall; and it's a surprisingly little amount of the energy: about a fifth to a tenth of the amount of energy in a fall is enough to break that femur.
With a hip fracture, there's such a thing as the perfect force. If you are unlucky and fall backwards and to the side - even if you're young - you can snap your femur.