Sheep are a predominant animal model used t o study a variety of orthopedic conditions. Understanding and controlling the in-vivo loading environment in the sheep hind limb is often necessary for investigations relating to bone and joint mechanics. The purpose of this study was to develop a musculoskeletal model of an adult sheep hind limb and investigate the effects of treadmill walking speed on muscle and joint contact forces. We constructed the skeletal geometry of the model from computed topography images. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry was utilized to establish the inertial properties of each model segment. Detailed dissection and tendon excursion experiments established the requisite muscle lines of actions. We used OpenSim and experimentally-collected marker trajectories and ground reaction forces to quantify muscle and joint contact forces during treadmill walking at 0.25ms-1 and 0.75ms-1. Peak compressive and anterior-posterior tibiofemoral contact forces were 20% (0.38 % (0.17BW, p=0.040) larger, respectively, at the moderate gait speed relative to the slower speed. Medial-lateral tibiofemoral contact forces were not significantly different. Adjusting treadmill speed appears to be a viable method to modulate compressive and anterior-posterior tibiofemoral contact forces in the sheep hind limb. The musculoskeletal model is freely-available at www.SimTK.org.
- sheep model; tibiofemoral contact forces; treadmill walking; musculoskeletal modeling; opensim
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine