Jeffery W Rankin

Jeffery W Rankin
Rancho Research Institute | RRI · Pathokinesiology Laboratory

Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering

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January 2018 - present
Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center
Position
  • Managing Director
January 2018 - present
Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2016 - December 2017
University of Idaho
Position
  • Research Associate

Publications

Publications (95)
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Serially connected robots are promising candidates for performing tasks in confined spaces such as search and rescue in large-scale disasters. Such robots are typically limbless, and we hypothesize that the addition of limbs could improve mobility. However, a challenge in designing and controlling such devices lies in the coordination of high-dimen...
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Many animals generate propulsive forces by coordinating legs, which contact and push against the surroundings, with bending of the body, which can only indirectly influence these forces. Such body–leg coordination is not commonly employed in quadrupedal robotic systems. To elucidate the role of back bending during quadrupedal locomotion, we study a...
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Up to 84% of manual wheelchair users (MWCUs) with spinal cord injury experience shoulder pain, which is correlated with shoulder adductor weakness in this population. Modeling studies have shown weak shoulder adductors lead to compensations from the deltoid and rotator cuff muscles during propulsion, which may lead to altered propulsion mechanics....
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Standing up from a prone position is a critical daily activity for animals: failing to do so effectively may cause an injurious fall or increase predation susceptibility. This sit-to-stand behaviour (StS) is biomechanically interesting because it necessitates transitioning through near-maximal joint motion ranges from a crouched (i.e., poor mechani...
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Flapping flight is the most power-demanding mode of locomotion, associated with a suite of anatomical specializations in extant adult birds. In contrast, many developing birds use their forelimbs to negotiate environments long before acquiring “flight adaptations,” recruiting their developing wings to continuously enhance leg performance and, in so...
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Many cursorial and large hopping species are extremely efficient locomotors with various morphological adaptations believed to reduce mechanical demand and improve movement efficiency, including elongated distal limb segments. However, despite having elongated limbs, small hoppers such as desert kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti) are less efficient...
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Many quadrupedal animals have lateral degrees of freedom in their backs that assist locomotion. This paper seeks to use a robotic model to demonstrate that back bending assists not only forward motion, but also lateral and turning motions. This paper uses geometric mechanics to prescribe gaits that coordinate both leg movements and back bending mot...
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This study probes the underlying locomotion principles of earliest organisms that could both swim and walk. We hypothesize that properly coordinated leg and body movements could have provided a substantial benefit toward locomotion on complex media, such as early crawling on sand. In this extended abstract, we summarize some of our recent advances...
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Horse racing is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has raised welfare concerns due to injured and euthanized animals. Whilst the cause of musculoskeletal injuries that lead to horse morbidity and mortality is multifactorial, pre-existing pathologies, increased speeds and substrate of the racecourse are likely contributors to foot disease. Horse h...
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Maximum principal stress (MPa) distribution results for the shod and the unshod horse foot, in dorsal view Bones shown from top to bottom are the P1, P2 and P3. Warm (red) and cold (blue) colours show higher and lower maximum principal stresses respectively.
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Ground reaction force (GRF) data in Newtons for the unshod (n = 4) and shod (n = 4) conditions
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Minimum principal stress (MPa) distribution results for the shod and the unshod horse foot, in dorsal view Bones shown from top to bottom are the P1, P2 and P3. Warm (red) and cold (blue) colours show higher and lower minimum principal stresses respectively.
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Sensitivity analysis on the P1 constraints BC1 constraints are applied on the entire distal joint surface of the P1 and fixed in all axes. BC2 constraints involve fix constraining 3 nodes at the distal joint surface on the centroid axis of the load. The remainder nodes are fixed on the long axis of the bone only. Transparent and non-transparent ima...
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Sensitivity analysis on the location of the P3 constraints and the respective von Mises stresses patterns on the palmar and dorsal views Warm (red) and cold (blue) colours show higher and lower von Mises stresses respectively.
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Raw speed data for the unshod (n = 4) and shod (n = 4) conditions Column A shows the conditions. Column B lists the name and date of the steps. Column C lists the horse’s hip height in meters. Column D lists the frame rate of the Sony camera used for the speed calculations. Columns E and F list the start and end frame of each trial and each conditi...
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The position of the custom-designed calibration cube used during the fluoroscopy experiments to calibrate the 3D space in the XROMM analysis
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Loading (in red) and boundary (in orange) locations for the P1, P2 and P3 bones (see Methods: Loads and constraints)
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Maximum principal stress (MPa) distribution results for the shod and the unshod horse foot, in palmar view Bones shown from top to bottom are the P1, P2 and P3. Warm (red) and cold (blue) colours show higher and lower maximum principal stresses respectively.
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Minimum principal stress (MPa) distribution results for the shod and the unshod horse foot, in palmar view Bones shown from top to bottom are the P1, P2 and P3. Warm (red) and cold (blue) colours show higher and lower minimum principal stresses respectively.
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Degrees of motion for proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints for the shod (n = 4) and unshod (n = 4) conditions about the flexion-extension axis
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Horse racing is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has raised welfare concerns due to disabled and euthanized animals. Whilst the cause of musculoskeletal injuries that lead to horse morbidity and mortality is multifactorial, pre-existing pathologies, increased speeds and substrate of the racecourse are likely contributors to foot disease. The ho...
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Horse racing is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has raised welfare concerns due to disabled and euthanized animals. Whilst the cause of musculoskeletal injuries that lead to horse morbidity and mortality is multifactorial, pre-existing pathologies, increased speeds and substrate of the racecourse are likely contributors to foot disease. The ho...
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We developed a three-dimensional, biomechanical computer model of the 36 major pelvic limb muscle groups in an ostrich (Struthio camelus) to investigate muscle function in this, the largest of extant birds and model organism for many studies of locomotor mechanics, body size, anatomy and evolution. Combined with experimental data, we use this model...
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Foot anatomy and mechanics vary among herbivorous quadrupeds. Horses have one toe ending in a rigid hoof, which is effective for fast-running but generates large impact vibrations. The feet of the elephants and rhinoceroses have five and three toes, respectively, bound within a digital cushion, which absorbs locomotor forces, yet is heavy and thus...
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We developed a three-dimensional, biomechanical computer model of the 36 major pelvic limb muscle groups in an ostrich ( Struthio camelus ) to investigate muscle function in this, the largest of extant birds and model organism for many studies of locomotor mechanics, body size, anatomy and evolution. Combined with experimental data, we use this mod...
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We developed a three-dimensional, biomechanical computer model of the 36 major pelvic limb muscle groups in an ostrich ( Struthio camelus ) to investigate muscle function in this, the largest of extant birds and model organism for many studies of locomotor mechanics, body size, anatomy and evolution. Combined with experimental data, we use this mod...
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In broiler chickens, genetic success for desired production traits is often shadowed by welfare concerns related to musculoskeletal health. Whilst these concerns are clear, a viable solution is still elusive. Part of the solution lies in knowing how anatomical changes in afflicted body systems that occur across ontogeny influence standing and movin...
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Genetic selection for improved meat yields, digestive efficiency and growth rates have transformed the biology of broiler chickens. Modern birds undergo a 50-fold multiplication in body mass in just six weeks, from hatching to slaughter weight. However, this selection for rapid growth and improvements in broiler productivity is also widely thought...
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In broiler chickens, genetic success for desired production traits is often shadowed by welfare concerns related to musculoskeletal health. Whilst these concerns are clear, a viable solution is still elusive. Part of the solution lies in knowing how anatomical changes in afflicted body systems that occur across ontogenyinfluence standing and moving...
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In broiler chickens, genetic success for desired production traits is often shadowed by welfare concerns related to musculoskeletal health. Whilst these concerns are clear, a viable solution is still elusive. Part of the solution lies in knowing how anatomical changes in afflicted body systems that occur across ontogenyinfluence standing and moving...
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Genetic selection for improved meat yields, digestive efficiency and growth rates have transformed the biology of broiler chickens. Modern birds undergo a 50-fold multiplication in body mass in just six weeks, from hatching to slaughter weight. However, this selection for rapid growth and improvements in broiler productivity is also widely thought...
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Genetic selection for improved meat yields, digestive efficiency and growth rates have transformed the biology of broiler chickens. Modern birds undergo a 50-fold multiplication in body mass in just six weeks, from hatching to slaughter weight. However, this selection for rapid growth and improvements in broiler productivity is also widely thought...
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The majority of manual wheelchair users will experience upper extremity injuries or pain, in part due to the high force requirements, repetitive motion and extreme joint postures associated with wheelchair propulsion. Recent studies have identified cadence, contact angle and peak force as important factors for reducing upper extremity demand during...
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Generating muscle-driven forward dynamics simulations of human movement using detailed musculoskeletal models can be computationally expensive. This is due in part to the time required to calculate musculotendon geometry (e.g., musculotendon lengths and moment arms), which is necessary to determine and apply individual musculotendon forces during t...
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Manual wheelchair propulsion places considerable physical demand on the upper extremity and is one of the primary activities associated with the high prevalence of upper extremity overuse injuries and pain among wheelchair users. As a result, recent effort has focused on determining how various propulsion techniques influence upper extremity demand...
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Manipulating seat configuration (i.e., seat tube angle, seat height and pelvic orientation) alters the bicycle-rider geometry, which influences lower extremity muscle kinematics and ultimately muscle force and power generation during pedaling. Previous studies have sought to identify the optimal configuration, but isolating the effects of specific...
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Manual wheelchair propulsion has been linked to a high incidence of overuse injury and pain in the upper extremity, which may be caused by the high load requirements and low mechanical efficiency of the task. Previous studies have suggested that poor mechanical efficiency may be due to a low effective handrim force (i.e. applied force that is not d...