Biomechanical Model for Upper Limbs Movement Analysis: Application on Normal Subjects

F. Sibella, M. Crivellini, and M. Galli (Italy)


Biomechanics, movement analysis, modelling, rehabilitation engineering, upper extremities


Traditionally, movement analysis has been focused on lower limbs movements. However, a quantitative biomechanical analysis of upper limbs movements is fundamental especially for people affected by upper extremities pathologies. We developed a biomechanical model and an experimental protocol for three-dimensional analysis of upper limbs movements. We validated the model and applied it to a population of normal subjects using an optoelectronic system acquiring reflective passive markers. The subjects performed three basic movements, that allowed us to evaluate affordability, repeatability and precision of the model. Moreover normality bands for the selected movements were built from the performed experimental acquisitions.

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