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Emmanuelle Turpin
04-14-1996, 07:15 PM
Thanks to all who responded to my inquiry.

Original posting :


I work in ergonomic institute and I study the risk factors
associated with upper limbs injuries in the industries.
I'm new in the motion analysis system (vicon) and I ask
you if you can send me some references of publications
about the study of the upper limb with motion analysis
system in laboraty or in industry.

Thank you very much


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* Emmanuelle Turpin PhD *
* I.N.R.S. (French National Research & Safety Institute)*
* Environ. Physiol. dept. *
* Occupational Physiology Laboratory *
* B.P. 27 F-54501 Vandoeuvre cedex FRANCE *
* E.mail: turpin@inrs.fr *
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Responses :

Dear Emmanuelle

I have been working on the upper limb using Vcion 370 system for 18
months tryingto define the normal patterns of upper limb joint rotations
during activities of daily living.
i have been working with Veronica Conboy in Oxford.
We have used and tested an upper limb marker system which has been
satisfactory but has some quite large skin movement errors. i would be
happy to supply this if it would be helpful. we have used the JCS after
Grood and Suntay to calculate rotations.
More recently we have been collaborating with the biomechanics laboratory
at Bologna and using "technical marker" arrays which may reduce skin
error and reduce drop outs of data where markers become obscurred , which
is a common problem in the upper limb.


John Williams
Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre
University of Oxford

Hi Emmanuelle,

I did an arm motion study for my master's degree at the University of
British Columbia in Canada. We looked at 22 activities of daily-living,
essentially to create a database for computer simulations. Our application
was for people who would wear a powered arm orthosis, i.e. a powered
exoskeleton that would help people who cannot move their own arms (e.g. due
to muscular dystrophy or polio).

The reference is:

Romilly,DP, Anglin, C, Gosine, RG, Hershler,C and Raschke,SU, "A Functional
Task Analysis and Motion Simulation for the Development of a Powered
Upper-Limb Orthosis", IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering,
2(3):119-129, 1994.

This also has references to other work, although motion analysis of the
whole arm has been very limited.

I am also about to start another arm motion study, this time focussing on
activities of daily-living that will lead to higher loads at the shoulder
(getting up from a chair, lifting a box, walking with a cane, carrying a

Best of luck with your work.

Carolyn Anglin
Mechanical Engineering
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
email: anglin@conn.me.queensu.ca