Interpreting the tilt-and-torsion method to express shoulder joint kinematics

Chénier, Félix; Alberca, Ilona; Faupin, Arnaud et Gagnon, Dany H. (2022). « Interpreting the tilt-and-torsion method to express shoulder joint kinematics ». Clinical Biomechanics, 92, p. 105573.

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Background: Kinematics is studied by practitioners and researchers in different fields of practice. It is therefore critically important to adhere to a taxonomy that explicitly describes positions and movements. However, current representation methods such as cardan and Euler angles fail to report shoulder angles in a way that is easily and correctly interpreted by practitioners, and that is free from numerical instability such as gimbal lock. Methods: In this paper, we comprehensively describe the recent Tilt-and-Torsion method and compare it to the Euler YXY method currently recommended by the International Society of Biomechanics. While using the same three rotations (plane of elevation, elevation, humeral rotation), the Tilt-and-Torsion method reports humeral rotation independently from the plane of elevation. We assess how it can be used to describe shoulder angles (1) in a simulated assessment of humeral rotation with the arm at the side, which constitutes a gimbal lock position, and (2) during an experimental functional task, with 10 wheelchair basketball athletes who sprint in straight line using a sports wheelchair. Findings: In the simulated gimbal lock experiment, the Tilt-and-Torsion method provided both humeral elevation and rotation measurements, contrary to the Euler YXY method. During the wheelchair sprints, humeral rotation ranged from 14 deg (externally) to 13 deg (internally), which is consistent with typical maximal ranges of humeral rotation, compared to 65 deg to 50 deg with the Euler YXY method. Interpretation: Based on our results, we recommend that shoulder angles be expressed using Tilt-and-Torsion angles instead of Euler YXY.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Kinematics, Shoulder angles, Tilt-and-torsion, Simulation, Wheelchair sports
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département de kinanthropologie
Déposé par: Félix Chénier
Date de dépôt: 07 févr. 2022 09:17
Dernière modification: 01 janv. 2023 00:10
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