Mechanical Strength of the Glenohumeral Ligaments

Mechanical Strength of the Glenohumeral Ligaments

Student(s):

Clarissa LeVasseur, Biomedical Engineering

Advisor(s):

Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

The main goal of this project is to design a device to help gather mechanical strain data of the glenohumeral (GH) ligaments at different anatomical positions. The device holds and stabilizes the humerus and the scapula with the ligaments still attached to their moveable parts, and then allows the bones to move relative to each other to place the ligaments under strain in certain anatomical positions. Strain data is then able to be collected under each position. The device can also be used to validate the musculoskeletal model of the shoulder once it has been created.