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JRM Vol.36 No.3 pp. 711-719
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2024.p0711
(2024)

Paper:

Function of Bi-Articular Femoral Muscles During the Transition from Sitting to Standing Up

Takuya Koide* ORCID Icon, Masanobu Manno**, Hiroshi Takahama*, and Tomohiko Fujikawa*

*Osaka Electro-Communication University
1130-70 Kiyotaki, Shijonawate, Osaka 575-0063, Japan

**Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan

Received:
September 6, 2023
Accepted:
March 21, 2024
Published:
June 20, 2024
Keywords:
parallel link, bi-articular muscles, center of gravity, standing up, knee joint torque
Abstract

As the elderly population increases, independent living for the aged has become essential for extending a healthy life expectancy, and this requires the maintenance of mobility for daily activities, such as standing up and walking. Among these, standing up, a series of movements involved in getting out of a chair or bed, is the starting point of daily activities. Therefore, it is important to clarify the factors that contribute to accomplishing the transition from sitting to standing up. This study attempted to clarify the relationship between motor characteristics and the mechanism of muscle activity involved in the change from sitting to standing up. Specifically, we focused on the activity of the bi-articular muscles involved in the two joints simultaneously rather than joint torque that is the conventional standard for evaluating motion. We probed the mechanistic characteristics of bi-articular muscle activity as well as the main muscles that function during normal standing up motion, namely a natural standing up movement where the trunk is not vertically restricted, using electromyographic analysis, theoretical analysis using a link model based on the muscle arrangement of the lower limb, and experimental analysis using an actual model that reproduces the functions of these muscles to define the muscular activities of the thigh muscles.

The parallel link of the rectus femoris

The parallel link of the rectus femoris

Cite this article as:
T. Koide, M. Manno, H. Takahama, and T. Fujikawa, “Function of Bi-Articular Femoral Muscles During the Transition from Sitting to Standing Up,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.36 No.3, pp. 711-719, 2024.
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