Validation and application of a computational model for wrist and hand movements using surface markers

Metcalf, C.D., Notley, S.V., Chappell, P.H., Burridge, J.H. and Yule, V.T. (2008) Validation and application of a computational model for wrist and hand movements using surface markers IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 55, (3), pp. 1199-1210. (doi:10.1109/TBME.2007.908087).


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A kinematic model is presented based on surface marker placement generating wrist, metacarpal arch, fingers and thumb movements. Standard calculations are used throughout the model and then applied to the specified marker placement. A static trial involving eight unimpaired participants was carried out to assess inter-rater reliability. The standard deviations across the data were comparable to manual goniometers. In addition, a test retest trial of ten unimpaired participants is also reported to illustrate the variability of movement at the wrist joint, metacarpal arch, and index finger as an example of model output when repeating the same task many times. Light and heavyweight versions of the tasks are assessed and characteristics of individual movement strategies presented. The participant trial showed moderate correlation in radial/ulnar deviation of the wrist ( = 0 65), and strong correlation in both metacarpal arch joints ( = 075 and = 085), the MCP ( = 079), and PIP ( = 087) joints of the index finger. The results indicate that individuals use repeated strategies of movement when lifting light and heavyweight versions of the same object, but showed no obvious repeated pattern of movement across the population.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1109/TBME.2007.908087
ISSNs: 0018-9294 (print)
Keywords: biomechanics, motion analysis, hand function, fingers, thumb, finger, palmar arch, wrist, movement, kinematic, vicon

ePrint ID: 63779
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March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:23
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