Intersegmental elbow joint load during pushup

K. N. An, E. Y.S. Chao, M. J. Donkers, B. F. Morrey

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Intersegmental loading pattern on the elbow joint during a push-up exercise was investigated. Electromagnetic motion sensors and a piezoelectric force plate were used to simultaneously record upper extremity motion and forces on nine healthy male subjects during push-ups in six different hand positions. Peak axial forces exerted on the elbow joint averaged 45 percent of the body weight. Peak torque to produce elbow flexion was 2305.9 N-cm, or 56 percent of maximal isometric extensor torque. The results of this analysis give insight to the biomechanics of a normal elbow and to its load carrying capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalBiomedical Sciences Instrumentation
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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