Hi there,

due to the summer-/holiday-time there might be some more replies later.
Anyway, I thank you very much for your postings. You really helped me.




Hello Arno,

I'll try and locate a paper-copy before I leave for my holiday, if you can
sypply me with a postal adress, I'll send it to you ...




Here is another paper on the same subject from the primary author:

Liu YK, Laborde JM, Van Buskirk WC. Inertial properties of a segmented
cadaver trunk: their implications in acceleration injuries. Aerosp Med. 1971


A book by V.Zatsiorsky entitled Kinetics of Human Motion (2002, Human

Kinetics) has a chapter on the inertial data of the human body.




Dear Arno,

The mass and moments of inertia for the 10 segments of the human
body were obtained by professor Vladimir Zatsiorsky and his group using a
gamma-scanner method. The published results would allow you to estimate the
subject's mass and inertia characteristics using regressions equations. The
majority of the publications are in Russian as the experiments were
performed in Moscow. However several papers were published in English and
German. If you want to contact professor Zatsiorsky please browse his
laboratory web page www


Zatsiorsky VM, Selujanov VN. (1979) The mass and inertia parameters
of the human body. Voposi antropologii (Problems of Anthropology) V.62 (in

Zatsiorsky VM, Aruin AS, Selujanov VN. (1981) Biomechanics of the
Human Musculo-Skeletal System.140 p. Moscow: Fizkultura i sport publishing
house (in Russian)

Zatsiorsky V, Selujanov V (1983) The mass and inertia
characteristics of the main segments of the human body. Biomechanics YIII-B
(Eds. Matsui, H., and Kobayashi K.) pp. 1151-1159. Human Kinetics.

Zatsiorsky VM, Aruin AS, Raitsin LM, Prilutsky BI, Selujanov VN.
(1983). Biomechanical Characteristics of the Human Body. In: W. Bauman (Ed)
Biomechanics and Performance in Sports. pp.71-84, Schorndorf: K. Hofman

Zatsiorsky VM, Aruin AS, Selujanov VN. (1984). The Biomechanics of
the Human Musculo-Skeletal System (Biomechanik des Menschlichen
Bewegungsapparates) 144 p. Berlin: Sportverlag (in German).

Zatsiorsky V, Selujanov V. (1985) Estimation of the mass and inertia
characteristics of the human body by means of the best predictive
regressions equations. Biomechanics IX-B (Eds. Winter DA, Norman RW, Wells
RP, Hayes KC, Patla AE) pp. 233-239. Human Kinetics.

Zatsiorsky V, Selujanov V, Chugunova L. (1990). In vivo body segment
inertial parameters determination using a gamma-scanner method. In
Biomechanics of Human Movement: Applications in Rehabilitation, Sports and
Ergonomics. (Eds. Nigg B, Cappozzo A). pp. 186- 202. Bertec
Corp.Worthington, OH

Selujanov VN, Chugunova LB. (1992) Mass and inertia characteristics
of human body segments In: Modern Problems of Biomechanics, Nizhni Novgorod:
Inst. of Appl. Physics, Russian Acad. Sci. 7: 124-143 (in Russian).


Alexander Aruin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Bioengineering (UIC), Physical
Medicine & Rehabilitation (Rush Medical College) and Director, Knecht
Movement Science Laboratory

Mailing address: Department of Physical Therapy (M/C 898)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 West Taylor Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Tel: (312) 355-0904 (Office)
(312) 355-0902 (Laboratory)
Fax: (312) 996-4583
E-mail: aaruin@uic.edu




you may find the data you are looking for in:

V.M. Zatsiorky. 2002. Inertial properties of the Human Body. In Kinetics of
Human Motion, 265-364. The Pennsylvania State University: Human Kinetics.
ISBN 0-7360-3778-0.

Expecially you may have a look at tables 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.25.

Good luck ...


Pierre Gillen


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