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Development and Application of a Motion Analysis Protocol for the Kinematic Evaluation of Basic and Functional Hand and Finger Movements Using Motion Capture in a Clinical Setting—A Repeatability Study

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Division of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Raemistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
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Institute for Biomechanics, ETH Zurich, Leopold-Ruzicka-Weg 4, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
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Biomechanics Research Laboratory, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Human Performance Lab, Schulthess Clinic, Zurich, Lengghalde 2, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(18), 6436; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186436
Received: 19 August 2020 / Revised: 10 September 2020 / Accepted: 11 September 2020 / Published: 16 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applied Biomechanics in Sport, Rehabilitation and Ergonomy)
The purpose of this study was to develop a motion analysis protocol that allows the simultaneous assessment of all hand and finger joint movements. The objective was to demonstrate repeatability for future clinical applications in functional assessments. This study includes selection of marker positions, movement tasks, kinematic approaches and a comparison of the two most commonly used finger marker sets. By using a test–retest measurement of the range of motion in twenty healthy volunteers, the repeatability of the developed protocol was validated. Estimated errors of the presented method ranged from 1.2° to 6.4°. Finger joint angles derived from the marker set with two markers per segment showed better repeatability (3.7°) than with markers located on the joints (5.1°). Given the high repeatability found, the presented method appears to be suitable for clinical applications. For the fingers, measurement repeatability can be improved by using at least two markers per segment. Within this study, advanced kinematic approaches, such as functional determination of joint centers and axes, are applied to the analysis of hand movements. The provided standard values and estimate of the minimal detectable differences provide a valuable basis for meaningful data interpretation and may be used for future comparison with other protocols. View Full-Text
Keywords: finger kinematics; hand kinematics; functional joint coordinate system; motion analysis protocol; minimal detectable difference; range of motion; repeatability; motion capture finger kinematics; hand kinematics; functional joint coordinate system; motion analysis protocol; minimal detectable difference; range of motion; repeatability; motion capture
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Fischer, G.; Jermann, D.; List, R.; Reissner, L.; Calcagni, M. Development and Application of a Motion Analysis Protocol for the Kinematic Evaluation of Basic and Functional Hand and Finger Movements Using Motion Capture in a Clinical Setting—A Repeatability Study. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6436.

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