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Katherine Whitcome
10-10-2002, 03:44 AM
Hello All,

I am interested in calculation of COM from COP as presented by Caron, Faure
and Breniere. 1997. J Bio 30(11-12) 1169-1171.

Can anyone provide comments on the application of this approach? While the
publication suggests it offers a simplified way to calculate CoG, I am unclear
as to how I might set-up my data collection to actually use this method.

I am interested in calculating the standing CoM during pregnancy - following
ventral shift in CoM associated with fetal load. I am using kinematic data to
study changes in lumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt related to changes in
maternal CoM. In using a 6 camera Vicon system I find it difficult to identify
both kinematic angles and CoM via standard positional/anthropometric models
and am looking for an alternate to get at CoM.

Thanks for considering my request!

Katherine Whitcome
Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712

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