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manz22
11-02-2006, 05:05 AM
I am assisting with a study on gait in pregnant women. I have done a
literature review and used a reference librarian here at the University of
Pittsburgh to search for anthropometric data (more specifically, center of
mass calculations) on pregnant women to no avail.
For now, I am using a paper entitled "Body segment inertial parameter
estimation for the general population of older adults" by Michael J.
Pavol, Tammy M. Owings, and Mark D. Grabiner to calculate the center of
mass in pregnant women. This paper divides the trunk of the body into
five segments and involves taking 32 measurements to calculate the center
of mass. The paper is intended to be used on older people who have torsos
of various shapes and sizes, but not pregnant women.

My question is: Does anyone know of a convenient, reliable method to
determine the center of mass of the torso in pregnant women?

I will post all of the replies to this message.

Thanks,
Jennifer Manz
jlm176@pitt.edu
Research Assistant
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania