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Biol Cybern. 1989;61(1):37-50.

Evaluation of a generalized model of human postural dynamics and control in the sagittal plane.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Ohio State University, Columbus 43210.


A two-step identification method is used to evaluate a generalized model of human postural control in the sagittal plane. Postural dynamics are represented as a planar open-chain linkage system supported by a triangular foot. The control mechanism is modeled as a state feedback element in which the torque acting at a given link is an arbitrary function of the state variables--angles and angular velocities. To validate the approach, six normal subjects underwent two series of experiments. The first series were used to determine an appropriate model of the system dynamics. The second series were used to estimate the parameters of the feedback model. A computer simulation of the complete system shows that the model predictions closely match the observed responses. These results suggest that the proposed model provides a useful framework for analysis of postural control mechanisms.

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