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Muscle-Tendon Unit Parameter Estimation of a Hill-Type Musculoskeletal Model Based on Experimentally Obtained Subject-Specific Torque Profiles

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Frederik Heinen

Department of Health Science and Technology,
Sport Sciences,
Aalborg University,
Niels Jernes Vej 12,
Aalborg East 9220, Denmark

Søren N. Sørensen

Department of Materials and Production,
Aalborg University,
Fibigerstræde 16,
Aalborg East 9220, Denmark

Mark King

School of Sport,
Exercise and Health Sciences,
Loughborough University,
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK

Martin Lewis

School of Science and Technology,
Nottingham Trent University,
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG11 8NS, UK

Morten Enemark Lund

AnyBody Technology A/S,
Niels Jernes Vej 10,
Aalborg East 9220, Denmark

John Rasmussen

Department of Materials and Production,
Aalborg University,
Fibigerstræde 16,
Aalborg East 9220, Denmark

Mark de Zee

Department of Health Science and Technology,
Sport Sciences,
Aalborg University,
Niels Jernes Vej 12,
Aalborg East 9220, Denmark
e-mail: mdz@hst.aau.dk

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received April 18, 2018; final manuscript received March 27, 2019; published online April 25, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Joel D. Stitzel.

J Biomech Eng 141(6), 061005 (Apr 25, 2019) (9 pages) Paper No: BIO-18-1190; doi: 10.1115/1.4043356 History: Received April 18, 2018; Revised March 27, 2019

The aim of this study was to generate a subject-specific musculoskeletal muscle model, based on isometric and isovelocity measurements of the whole lower extremity. A two-step optimization procedure is presented for optimizing the muscle-tendon parameters (MTPs) for isometric and isovelocity joint torque profiles. A significant improvement in the prediction of joint torque profiles for both the solely isometric and a combined isometric and dynamic method of optimization when compared to the standard scaling method of the AnyBody Modeling System (AMS) was observed. Depending on the specific purpose of the model, it may be worth considering whether the isometric-only would be sufficient, or the additional dynamic data are required for the combined approach.

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Experimental body position reference joint angles: the knee was fixed at 90 deg flexion during ankle (a) and hip (b) measurements. The hip was fixed at 105 deg flexion during knee (c) measurements.

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Fig. 2

Visual design variable interpretation aid

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Fig. 3

Isometric joint-torque comparison of the experimental (experimental) values and the predictions of isom-opt (optimization) and ref-model (reference)

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Optimal fiber length and tendon slack length of the included muscle-tendon units in the optimization

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Fig. 5

Concentric isovelocity joint-torque comparison of the experimental (experimental) values, the predicted from isom-opt, the predicted from the isometric and dyn-opt and ref-model

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Eccentric isovelocity joint-torque comparison of the experimental measurements, the predicted torques from isom-opt, the predicted torques from the isometric and dyn-opt and the ref-model

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