Interpolation of segment Euler angles can provide a robust estimation of segment angular trajectories during asymmetric lifting tasks

X. Xu, C.C. Chang, G.S. Faber, I. Kingma, J.T. Dennerlein

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    Abstract

    Video-based field methods that estimate L5/S1 net joint moments from kinematics based on interpolation in the sagittal plane of joint angles alone can introduce a significant error on the interpolated joint angular trajectory when applied to asymmetric dynamic lifts. Our goal was to evaluate interpolation of segment Euler angles for a wide range of dynamic asymmetric lifting tasks using cubic spline methods by comparing the interpolated values with the continuous measured ones. For most body segments, the estimated trajectories of segment Euler angles have less than 5° RMSE (in each dimension) with 5-point cubic spline interpolation when there is no measurement error of interpolation points. Sensitivity analysis indicates that when the measurement error exists, the root mean square error (RMSE) of estimated trajectories increases. Comparison among different lifting conditions showed that lifting a load from a high initial position yielded a smaller RMSE than lifting from a low initial position. In conclusion, interpolation of segment Euler angles can provide a robust estimation of segment angular trajectories during asymmetric lifting when measurement error of interpolation points can be controlled at a low level. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2043-2048
    JournalJournal of Biomechanics
    Volume43
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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