Validation protocol of models for centre of mass estimation

M. Rabuffetti, G. Baroni

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The estimation of the body centre-of-mass (COM) position requires the modelling of the human body as a system of rigid segments and the measurement of the position of related external anatomical landmarks. Many models for COM position estimation have been proposed with different levels of complexity and, in some cases, specific protocols have been used for model accuracy evaluation. In this paper, we propose a general method for the quantitative assessment of any COM model in relation to a determined set of movements. It consists of an experimental protocol and of a set of comparative indices, which quantify the congruence among the estimated kinematic variables and their expected values. The general applicability of the method is specifically addressed to models' comparison, aiming to support the user in the process of choice and validation of the most suitable model for her/his purposes. In this frame, the results of the analytical comparison among two kinematic models with different levels of complexity are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-613
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


  • Centre of mass
  • Human movement analysis
  • Modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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