A PRELIMINARY STUDY TO MODEL CARRYING ANGLE VARIATIONS DURING FLEXION-EXTENSION OF THE ELBOW

  • M. L. Zampagni
  • D. Casino
  • S. Martelli
  • A. Visani
  • M. Marcacci
Keywords: carrying angle, model, flexion-extension movement

Abstract

The aim of this work was to identify an accurate method to evaluate the variability of the carrying angle during the flexion extension of the elbow and to define a mathematical description of this movement applicable in sport and rehabilitation field. In order to develop this objective, we marked the arm and the forearm by six reflective markers of six healthy subjects performing the flexion extension movement and acquired the coordinates using six infrared cameras (VICON Motion System). Five repeated measures were performed for each subject in order to verify the reliability of the measures. Our results demonstrated that this movement can be easily modelled as a linear variation of the carrying angle in function of the flexion angle. The reliability between repeated measures was high and adopting a linear fit the accuracy was more than 94% in all cases. This is the first study to compute the flexion-extension movement by a carrying angle evaluation.
Published
2007-10-31