Spot check of the calibrated force platform location

M. Rabuffetti, M. Ferrarin, F. Benvenuti

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In a movement analysis laboratory, stereophotogrammetric motion capture systems and force platforms must share one absolute reference frame that allows the computation of joint moments and powers. The correct calibration of the platform location identifies the transformation between force plate and absolute reference systems, which determines the spatial coherence among the equipments' measurements. The aim of this study was to develop and test a spot check for the assessment of platform location calibration. Platform location calibration was assessed by comparing the measured outcome of an experiment performed with a pointed rigid rod bearing a set of markers with the corresponding expected results, computed with a model. A set of indices was then proposed to define a confidence volume in which the true ground reaction force is expected to be. The spot check was applied to a real laboratory setup and the effects of simulated platform mislocations were analysed. It was verified that the hip joint moment may be equally affected by a single marker misplacement of about 20 mm during platform location calibration, an occurrence that was clearly identified by the spot check, and by a hip centre location inaccuracy of 30 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-643
Number of pages6
JournalMedical and Biological Engineering and Computing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Accredation
  • Calibration
  • Force platform
  • Laboratory management
  • Motion analysis
  • Rehabilitation outcome assessment
  • Spot check

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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