Dear Biomech-L,

In our Lab we are discussing how to quantify operational degrees of freedom (DOF) in complex, whole-body movement patterns such as those for someone moving over an obstacle course. Whilst I am aware that a lot of research has been done involving variability in movement patterns, I am wondering whether any members have done about, or know of, a method for defining specific task-related DOF? I would be grateful if anyone could offer opinions/suggestions/idea in approaching this area