Investigating the muscle activities of performing surgical training tasks using a virtual simulator

ArticleinStudies in health technology and informatics 173:200-4 · January 2012with9 Reads
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-022-2-200 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The objective of this study was to determine the muscle activities of upper extremities while performing fundamental surgical training tasks using a virtual simulator. Six subjects performed virtual cutting tasks and their muscle activities of upper extremities were measured. The results demonstrated a significant increase in muscle activities in both proximal and distal upper extremities, which are the common areas of occurrence of injury after prolonged practice. This study suggests that the upper trapezius and the extensor digitorum are essential prime movers to perform surgical training tasks. These muscles should be monitored for performance assessment in future studies.