Determination of subject-specific model parameters for visco-elastic elements


Wilson, C., King, M. A. and Yeadon, M. R., 2006. Determination of subject-specific model parameters for visco-elastic elements. 5th World Congress of Biomechanics Munich, Germany, 29 July - 4 August 2006, 39 (10), pp. 1883-1890.

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The determination of subject-specific model parameter values is necessary in order for a computer simulation model of human motion to be evaluated quantitatively. This study used an optimisation procedure along with a kinematically driven simulation model of the contact phase in running jumps to determine the elastic parameters of segmental wobbling masses and the foot-ground interface. Kinetic and kinematic data were obtained on running jumps for height and distance performed by an elite male high jumper. Stiffness and damping coefficients of the visco-elastic elements in the model were varied until the difference between simulation and performance was minimised. Percentage differences of 6% and 9% between the simulated and recorded performances were obtained in the jumps for height and distance, respectively. When the parameters obtained from the jump for height were used in a simulation of the jump for distance (and vice versa), there was poor agreement with the recorded jump. On the other hand, a common set of visco-elastic parameters were obtained using the data from both recorded jumps resulting in a mean difference of only 8% (made up of 7% and 10%) between simulation and performance that was almost as good as the individual matches. Simulations were not overly sensitive to perturbations of the common set of visco-elastic parameters. It is concluded that subject-specific elastic parameters should be calculated from more than a single jump in order to provide a robust set of values that can be used in different simulations. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsWilson, C., King, M. A. and Yeadon, M. R.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
ID Code17690


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