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dc.contributor.advisorDaniel D. Frey.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTsai, Helenen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-07T20:56:14Z
dc.date.available2010-01-07T20:56:14Z
dc.date.copyright2009en_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/50581
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 103-106).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this thesis was to determine the motions needed in a prosthesis that would enable a transhumeral amputee professional golfer, Michael Gibson, to play golf with similar dynamics to those of a two-armed golfer. Although he plays golf well using only one arm, his swings tend to have less power and are less consistent than his two-armed colleagues. Significant user testing was carried out using various prototypes with Gibson. Analysis was performed with Gibson's feedback, video comparisons of swings, and data from both motion capture and flight analysis software. Not only were differences in the dynamics of Gibson's swing and a two-armed golfer's swing studied, but the root causes of the differences were understood. It was determined that a prosthesis that enables wrist cock, forearm rotation, and slight elbow compliance would increase Gibson's golf performance.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Helen Tsai.en_US
dc.format.extent106 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleRedesigning a prosthesis for a golfer with transhumeral amputationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc464241697en_US


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