Design and Evaluation of a Novel Experimental Setup for Upper Limb Intermuscular Coordination Studies

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Motor disabilities limiting the mobility of limbs affect the quality of lives of people with neural injuries. Among various types of motor disabilities, abnormal intermuscular coordination is commonly observed from people with severe impairment. The concept of muscle synergy, defined as characteristic muscle co-activation patterns activated to produce complex motor behavior, has been applied to assess the alteration in intermuscular coordination in pathological populations. This study presents the development of a robotic system named KAIST upper limb synergy investigation system (KULSIS), for accurate measurement of intermuscular synergies while providing the convenient experimental setup. It provides full force/moment measurements for isometric force generation tasks at various upper limb postures and reaching tasks in a three-dimensional workspace. It is composed of: a three-degree-of-freedom gimbaled handle to adjust the orientation of the handle to accommodate potential hand-wrist deformity, a linear actuator that moves the handle for reaching tasks; a five-degree-of-freedom mechanism for positioning and adjusting the orientation of the linear actuator. The design was evaluated in terms of the workspace of the handle, mechanical stiffness and force/moment measurement accuracy. The position/force measurement is synchronized with electromyographic measurements. Muscle synergy patterns, activated during four isokinetic reaching motions, were also assessed as preliminary data using KULSIS from ten healthy subjects.
Publisher
FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Issue Date
2019-09
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

FRONTIERS IN NEUROROBOTICS, v.13

ISSN
1662-5218
DOI
10.3389/fnbot.2019.00072
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/267888
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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