A low-cost instrumented spatial linkage accurately determines asis position during cycle ergometry

James C. Martin, Steven J. Elmer, Robert D. Horscroft, Nicholas A.T. Brown, Barry B. Shultz

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an alternative method for determining the position of the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) during cycling. The approach used in this study employed an instrumented spatial linkage (ISL) system to determine the position of the ASIS in the parasagittal plane. A two-segment ISL constructed using aluminum segments, bearings, and digital encoders was tested statically against a calibration plate and dynamically against a video-based motion capture system. Four well-trained cyclists provided data at three pedaling rates. Statically, the ISL had a mean horizontal error of 0.03 ± 0.21 mm and a mean vertical error of ?0.13 ± 0.59 mm. Compared with the video-based motion capture system, the agreement of the location of the ASIS had a mean error of 0.30 ± 0.55 mm for the horizontal dimension and ?0.27 ± 0.60 mm for the vertical dimension. The ISL system is a cost-effective, accurate, and valid measure for two-dimensional kinematic data within a range of motion typical for cycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Biomechanics
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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