Re: A simple mechanical model of body use.
Anyone who studies biomechanics via force measurement, inverse dynamics, and computation of the internal forces acting on the joints will tell you that there's no really simple model of human movement.
I wrote a whole ruddy Master's thesis on sculling, got it published in a peer reviewed journal, and only barely scratched the surface of it - and it only took about six months' work (ok, I was fitting it in between 2/day training sessions, part time jobs, and other studies.) Point being - it's a lot of work and it's not simple. A fellow in SA did a PhD study on optimizing a "kick" and training a human to do the kick in a pattern that matched the optimization.
These drawings that show a band of whatever (forces?) winding up and down through the skeleton MAY reflect what MAY happen in a chain of muscles, connected through the tendons, skeleton, and (yes) "fascia", but there's no such structure in a human. The "fascia" gain their tension and connectivity to other structures through strain applied by muscular contraction. (strain - an engineering term for tension)
Last edited by Walter Martindale : 01-29-2013 at 08:41 AM.