The development of lower limb musculoskeletal models with clinical relevance is dependent upon the fidelity of the mathematical description of the lower limb. Part 1: equations of motion

Cleather, Daniel J. and Bull, Anthony M. J. (2012) The development of lower limb musculoskeletal models with clinical relevance is dependent upon the fidelity of the mathematical description of the lower limb. Part 1: equations of motion. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 226 (2). pp. 120-132. ISSN 0954-4119

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954411911432104

Abstract

Contemporary musculoskeletal modelling research is based upon the assumption that such models will evolve into clinical tools that can be used to guide therapeutic interventions. However, there are a number of questions that must be addressed before this becomes a reality. At its heart, musculoskeletal modelling is a process of formulating and then solving the equations of motion that describe the movement of body segments. Both of these steps are challenging. This article argues that traditional approaches to musculoskeletal modelling have been heavily influenced by the need to simplify this process (and in particular the solution process), and that this has to some degree resulted in approaches that are contrary to the principles of classical mechanics. It is suggested that future work is required to understand how these simplifications affect the outputs of musculoskeletal modelling studies. Equally, to increase their clinical relevance, the models of the future should adhere more closely to the classical mechanics on which they are based.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 600 Technology > 612 Human physiology
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 14:51
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 14:55
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/159

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