View Full Version : Re: swinging arm biomechanics

02-27-2006, 10:52 PM
Hi Emma,

The following might be of interest:

1. Miller & Jones (1996) Kinematics of four methods of stabbing: a
preliminary study. Forensic Science International, 82, 183-190.

2. Chadwick, et al (1999) Biomechanics of knife stab attacks. Forensic
Science International, 105, 35–44.

3. Gervais et al (1998) Comparative analysis between police batons. Forensic
Science International, 91, 7-17.

In the latter, el-gon’s were used to monitor arm joint angle changes during
the course of a swing with the baton toward a wall-mounted force guage.

Fascinating stuff!! FSI makes great bed-time reading....

Good luck (I'll look forward to your summary),



Max Hely
Safety Science Associates Pty Ltd
PO Box 2444
Bowral NSW 2576
Phone: 02-4862-1129
Fax: 02-4862-1149
Mobile: 0412-920-300
Email: max.hely@safetyscience.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver
> [mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Ross, Emma
> Sent: Tuesday, 28 February 2006 7:55 AM
> Subject: [BIOMCH-L] swinging arm biomechanics
> Hi all,
> I am trying to track down some information on the
> biomechanics and trajectory of a arm for my forensics Masters
> project on cast-off which is bloodstain pattern created when
> blood is flung from an object in motion, i.e a swinging
> weapon. I want to create a machine that will mimic the
> action of an arm swinging an object such as a pick axe, like
> a wood chopping motion, but haven't had much luck as yet. Can
> anyone tell me whether a swinging arm has circular or
> approximately circular motion?? if not, any suggestions as
> to where i could find this information?
> Thanks
> Emma Ross
> Environmental & Science Research Ltd
> 27 Crekye Rd
> Ilam
> Christchurch
> NZ

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