Kinematic and Force Data Collection in Biomechanics by Means of Sonic Emitters—I: Kinematic Data Collection Methodology

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A. E. Engin, R. D. Peindl

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

N. Berme

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

I. Kaleps

Mathematics and Analysis Branch, Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio 45433

J Biomech Eng 106(3), 204-211 (Aug 01, 1984) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138484 History: Received September 02, 1982; Revised December 27, 1983; Online June 15, 2009


In this paper, first, the principles of sonic digitizing are presented. Next, a description of quantitative determination of the relative motion between two body segments by utilization of sonic emitters is provided. A new kinematic data collection methodology and data analysis is proposed to check continuously the accuracy of the data collected by means of the sonic emitters. The first part of the paper is terminated by establishment of an accuracy criteria and selection of the most accurate data set and associated error analysis. Quantitative results based upon the kinematic data collection methodology of Part I were obtained for the forced kinematic motion of the human shoulder complex and are presented in Part II.

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