Evaluation of muscle force predictions using optimization theory

Arslan Y. Z. , Kaya M., Herzog W.

1st International Conference on Mathematical Modelling in Physical Sciences (IC-MSQUARE), Budapest, Hungary, 3 - 07 September 2012, vol.410 identifier identifier


Prediction of muscle forces using optimization based models of muscle coordination is an active research area in biomechanics. Theoretical calculation of individual muscle forces depends on solving the redundancy problem. In a musculoskeletal model, redundancy arises since the number of muscles in the model exceeds the number of degrees-of-freedom present. One of the widely used methods to solve this problem is to formulate a physiologically sound cost function and optimize this function subject to mechanical equality and inequality constraint equations. In this study, force predictions obtained from different optimization-based models were compared with those obtained from experimentally measured individual muscle forces recorded during a variety of movement conditions. Advantages and limitations of the tested models were discussed.