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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:507-10. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6345979.

Calculation of joint reaction force and joint moments using by wearable walking analysis system.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tatara miyakodani, Kyotanabe-City, Kyoto, 610-0321, Japan.

Abstract

In gait analysis, which is one useful method for efficient physical rehabilitation, the ground reaction force, the center of pressure, and the body orientation data are measured during walking. In the past, these data were measured by a 3D motion analysis system consisting of high-speed cameras and force plates, which must be installed in the floor. However, a conventional 3D motion analysis system can measure the ground reaction force and the center of pressure just on force plates during a few steps. In addition, the subjects' stride lengths are limited because they have to walk on the center of the force plate. These problems can be resolved by converting conventional devices into wearable devices. We used a measuring device consisting of portable force plates and motion sensors. We developed a walking analysis system that calculates the ground reaction force, the center of pressure, and the body orientations and measured a walking subject to estimate this system. We simultaneously used a conventional 3D motion analysis system to compare with our development system and showed its validity for measurements of ground reaction force and the center of pressure. Moreover we calculated joint reactions and joint moment of each joint.

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23365940
DOI:
10.1109/EMBC.2012.6345979
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