Document Type

Conference Proceeding



Format of Original

4 p.

Publication Date



Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Source Publication

2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)

Source ISSN


Original Item ID

doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347038


Current methods for evaluating upper extremity (UE) dynamics during pediatric wheelchair use are limited. We propose a new model to characterize UE joint kinematics and kinetics during pediatric wheelchair mobility. The bilateral model is comprised of the thorax, clavicle, scapula, upper arm, forearm, and hand segments. The modeled joints include: sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, elbow and wrist. The model is complete and is currently undergoing pilot studies for clinical application. Results may provide considerable quantitative insight into pediatric UE joint dynamics to improve wheelchair prescription, training and long term care of children with orthopaedic disabilities.


Accepted version. Published as part of the proceedings of the conference, Upper Extremity Biomechanical Model for Evaluation of Pediatric Joint Demands during Wheelchair Mobility, 2012: 4788-4791. DOI: © 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Used with permission.

Brooke A. Slavens was affiliated with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee at the time of publication.