Simultaneous in vivo Estimation of Muscle, Tendon, and Ankle Impedance

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Abstract

Appropriate regulation of joint impedance is required to successfully navigate our environment. Joint impedance is strongly dependent upon the mechanical properties of the muscles and tendons spanning it. While the impedance of the joint has been well characterized, methods to determine the individual contribution from the muscles and tendons are limited. This is a crucial gap as muscle and tendon impedance can be selectively altered by aging, pathology, or injury. Therefore, we developed an innovative in vivo method that allows for the simultaneous quantification of joint, muscle, and tendon impedance. Stochastic perturbations of ankle angle were applied while a B-mode ultrasound was used to image the displacement of the medial gastrocnemius muscle-tendon junction. Non-parametric system identification was used to quantify ankle impedance and the frequency response function between ankle rotations and muscle-tendon junction displacements. The latter represents, when scaled by Achilles tendon moment arm, the ratio between the net musculotendon impedance and the impedance of the muscle, a relationship we refer to as the impedance ratio. Muscle and tendon impedance can be calculated from these experimental estimates. The ability to simultaneously quantify joint, muscle, and tendon impedance will provide a clearer understanding their respective roles in our ability to navigate our environment, and how changes in those roles may contribute to functional impairments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4819-4822
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 20 2020Jul 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/20/207/24/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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