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Sensitive Mannequin for Practicing the Locomotor Apparatus Recovery Techniques
This paper presents the theoretical concepts and the practical approaches involved in constructing a mannequin (dummy) used for teaching and practicing the recov-ery techniques specific to different injuries that can affect the human locomotive apparatus. The dummy consists of a hardware system that model the human ante-rior and posterior limbs. The bones, joints and muscular tissue are replicated so that the dummy movements are very similar to the actual movements of the hu-man body. The mannequin is equipped with software-controlled movement sen-sors. A computer that monitors the data received from the sensors registers the parameters of the correct recovery procedures performed by a recovery specialist doctor (trainer). The students who want to learn the procedures can practice the same maneuvers on the dummy. The control system analyses the movement pa-rameters, compares them with the correct ones produced by the teacher and im-mediately assists the trainees by providing an automatic feedback reflecting the correctness of the actions. This controlled environment takes the pressure off the students and also spares the injured patient of the inherent mistakes done involun-tarily during learning the recovery procedures.