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J Biomech. 1990;23(1):97-101.

Correction for skin displacement errors in movement analysis of the horse.

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Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


In movement analysis of the horse, large errors result from movements of the skin with respect to the underlying bones. A generally applicable, two-dimensional, method for correction of these skin-movement errors in kinematic data has been developed. It was tested on a kinematic analysis of the hindlimb in a walking pony. The results indicate that without correction for skin-movement errors, misreadings of up to 15 degrees in the knee angle and 30% in the moment arm of the gastrocnemius muscle can be expected.

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