Loading applied on prosthetic knee of transfemoral amputee: comparison of inverse dynamics and direct measurements

Dumas, Raphael, Cheze, Laurence, & Frossard, Laurent A. (2009) Loading applied on prosthetic knee of transfemoral amputee: comparison of inverse dynamics and direct measurements. Gait & Posture, 30(4), pp. 560-562.

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Inverse dynamics is the most comprehensive method that gives access to the net joint forces and moments during walking. However it is based on assumptions (i.e., rigid segments linked by ideal joints) and it is known to be sensitive to the input data (e.g., kinematic derivatives, positions of joint centres and centre of pressure, inertial parameters). Alternatively, transducers can be used to measure directly the load applied on the residuum of transfemoral amputees. So, the purpose of this study was to compare the forces and moments applied on a prosthetic knee measured directly with the ones calculated by three inverse dynamics computations - corresponding to 3 and 2 segments, and « ground reaction vector technique » - during the gait of one patient. The maximum RMSEs between the estimated and directly measured forces (i.e., 56 N) and moment (i.e., 5 N.m) were relatively small. However the dynamic outcomes of the prosthetic components (i.e., absorption of the foot, friction and limit stop of the knee) were only partially assessed with inverse dynamic methods.

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ID Code: 27619
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: inverse dynamics, ground reaction vector technique, direct measurements, transfemoral amputation, prosthetic gait
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.07.126
ISSN: 0966-6362
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Biomechanics (110601)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2009 23:45
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:56

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