MADYMO Model to Assess Lumbar Spine Loading during Activities of Daily Living 2008-01-1910
Determining injury causation and/or developing injury thresholds is important, specifically in the lumbar spine during minor accidents. Much work has been done to study cervical spine behavior, however, there is a lack of data on injury thresholds of the lumbar spine and on lumbar exposure during these minor events. A MADYMO model was developed to quantify the lumbar loads and accelerations experienced when dropping down onto a surface into a seated position. The model was validated using data collected during tests involving an instrumented Hybrid III dummy. This work shows that MADYMO models can be used to predict the lumbar spine's exposure during common everyday activities.