10.3. Applications in Biomechanics of Rigid Bodies

The concept of the rigid body has a large acceptance in biomechanics, namely for the study of body motion. In such a study, the human body is divided into several body segments that are connected to one another through the body joints (Fig. 10.3).
Figure 10.3 Markers are placed on the subject to allow biomechanical analysis of the body segments. Courtesy of the Porto Biomechanics Laboratory, www.labiomep.pt.
Assessing body kinematics means being capable of measuring time and position data simultaneously. These absolute quantities are used in linear, translational, or angular calculations, such as ...

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