Kinematic and Passive Resistive Properties of Human Elbow Complex

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Ali Erkan Engin, Shuenn-Muh Chen

Department of Engineering Mechanics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

J Biomech Eng 109(4), 318-323 (Nov 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138687 History: Received August 21, 1986; Revised August 03, 1987; Online June 12, 2009


In recent years, owing to their versatility and reduced cost of operation, multisegmented mathematical models of the total human body have gained increased attention in gross biodynamic motion studies. This, in turn, has stimulated the need for a proper biomechanical data base for the major human articulating joints. The lack of such a database for the humero-elbow complex is the impetus for this study. The total angular range of motion permitted by the complex and the passive resistive properties beyond the full elbow extension were studied. Results obtained on ten normal male subjects were utilized to establish a statistical data base for the humero-elbow complex. Results are also expressed in functional expansion form suitable for incorporation into the existing multisegmented models.

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