ELLIPTICAL ZONE BODY SEGMENT MODELlNG SOFTWARE: DIGITISING, MODELlNG AND BODY SEGMENT PARAMETER CALCULATION

  • Joan Deffeyes
  • Ross Sanders
Keywords: accuracy, body segment parameters, centre of mass, elliptical zone, kinematics, kinetics, moment of inertia, reliability

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to introduce biomechanists to the 'eZone' software program as an efficient and readily accessible means of obtaining body segment parameter (BSP) data by the elliptical zone method. eZone is a MATLAB based program that eliminates the need for digitizing tables and thereby offers the possibility that the elliptical zone method could be used widely to maximize the accuracy of derived kinematics and kinetics. Preliminary results indicate that the product is 'user friendly'. However, the accuracy and reliability of the eZone program in particular and the elliptical zone method in general need to be established relative to other methods.
Published
2008-03-16