Create several musculoskeletal model templates that can be more closely matched to the size and shape of individual obese subjects and complete forward dynamic simulations utilizing the refined models to design potential interventions.
We are in the process of designing and creating a number of obese specific musculoskeletal model templates that will account for changes in muscle properties and the adiposity distribution of obese body types. The refined model will not only provide more accurate scientific data on obese locomotion, but will also be used in combination with forward dynamic analyses as a predictive tool to analyze locomotion. These templates will also allow researchers to examine potential benefits of proper exercise prescription and targeted muscle strengthening, and to validate possible benefits of functional bracing and movement aiding exoskeletons.
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