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Total body centre of mass displacement estimated using ground reactions during transitory motor tasks: application to step ascent

Zok, Mounir and Mazzà, Claudia and Della Croce, Ugo (2004) Total body centre of mass displacement estimated using ground reactions during transitory motor tasks: application to step ascent. Medical Engineering and Physics, Vol. 26 (9), p. 791-798. eISSN 1873-4030. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2004.07.005


A double integration technique is presented that estimates whole body centre of mass (CoM) displacement from signals of a single force platform, compensating for the drift and low frequency noise inherent in the signals. The technique is composed of two different integration techniques, which may also be used separately, and is applied to transitory motor tasks with known initial and final conditions such as step ascent and descent, single step, etc. First, the lowest frequencies within the force platform signals and considered not to be associated with actual movement are filtered out. Second, a regular and a time-reversed double integration are performed and weighted against each other. The technique’s accuracy was assessed using computer generated force platform signals that were artificially perturbed. Experimental data were used to compare the estimated CoM displacement to that obtained from a regular double integration and from segmental analysis performed on stereophotogrammetric data. It was shown that the proposed technique’s CoM displacement estimates were more repeatable and up to 50% more accurate than those of a regular double integration. Moreover, the CoM displacement estimated using a single force platform and the proposed technique was found to be not statistically different from that obtained with more demanding measurement and processing techniques such as stereophotogrammetry and segmental analysis.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:6947
Uncontrolled Keywords:Centre of mass, force platform, integration, movement analysis
Subjects:Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-INF/06 Bioingegneria elettronica e informatica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
Copyright Holders:© 2004 IPEM
Deposited On:12 Jan 2012 12:59

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