In recent years, owing to their versatility and reduced cost of operation, multisegmented mathematical models of the total human body have gained increased attention in gross biodynamic motion studies. This, in turn, has stimulated the need for a proper biomechanical data base for the major human articulating joints. The lack of such a database for the humero-elbow complex is the impetus for this study. The total angular range of motion permitted by the complex and the passive resistive properties beyond the full elbow extension were studied. Results obtained on ten normal male subjects were utilized to establish a statistical data base for the humero-elbow complex. Results are also expressed in functional expansion form suitable for incorporation into the existing multisegmented models.

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