To study complex neuromuscular control pathways in human movement, biomechanical parametric models and system identification methods are employed. Although test-retest reliability is widely used to validate outcomes of motor control tasks, it was not incorporated in system identification methods. This study investigates the feasibility of incorporating test-retest reliability in our previously published method of selecting sensitive parameters. We consider the selected parameters via this novel approach to be the key neuromuscular parameters because they meet three criteria: reduced variability, improved goodness of fit, and excellent reliability. These criteria ensure that parameter variability is below a user-defined value, the number of these parameters is maximized to enhance goodness of fit, and their test-retest reliability is above a user-defined value. We measured variability, goodness of fit, and reliability using Fisher information matrix, variance accounted for, and intraclass correlation, respectively. We also incorporated model diversity as a fourth optional criterion to narrow down the solution space of key parameters. We applied this approach to head position tracking in axial rotation and flexion/extension. Forty healthy subjects performed the tasks during two visits. With variability and reliability measures ≤0.35 and ≥0.75 respectively, we selected three key parameters out of twelve with goodness of fit >69%. The key parameters were associated with at least two neuromuscular pathways out of four modeled pathways (visual, proprioceptive, vestibular, and intrinsic), which is a measure of model diversity. Therefore, it is feasible to incorporate reliability and diversity in system identification of key neuromuscular pathways in our application.
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2019|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Internal Medicine
- Biomedical Engineering