SOFTWARE APPLICATION FOR ESTIMATING BIOMECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF THE HUMAN BODY
Knowledge of the biomechanical parameters of human body segments is necessary for solving various problems in biomechanics and applications in this field. This paper presents a software tool designed for estimating biomechanical parameters of the human body, such as length of segments, center of mass, and radius of gyration, using anthropometric data of body mass and height. Material and methods: The software tool was designed and implemented in LabVIEWTM and was developed to determine the values of biomechanical parameters in the study of the human body, to facilitate the design of elements of orthoses, prostheses, exoskeletons, and robots. The application performs automatic calculations of biomechanical parameters of interest, based on anthropometric tables made by different investigators. Results: The result is a graphical interface that allows the introduction of general data of the human subject to be analyzed or an anatomical model, an interface that includes specific digital areas to display different values of anthropometric data and automatically calculated biomechanical parameters. The software was tested using different input values, and the results were compared with the data developed by classical calculation methods. Conclusions: Developing an experimental method that provides precise positioning of such important data as the center of gravity of the body segments and that can be widely available to scientists may allow further development in their research, without needing to use sophisticated or time-consuming equipment. The application developed by us performs automatic calculations of biomechanical parameters of interest, based on anthropometric tables made by different investigators, and can be a very useful tool for researchers.
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