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Research Article  |   May 1989
The Biomechanics of Prehension
Author Affiliations
  • Sandi J. Spaulding, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, PO Box 4l3, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   May 1989
The Biomechanics of Prehension
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1989, Vol. 43, 302-307. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.5.302
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1989, Vol. 43, 302-307. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.5.302
Abstract

Occupational therapists who work with people who have physical dysfunctions are often involved in the treatment of hand injuries or disabilities. This article describes some of the mechanical principles that affect hand function, including kinematics, kinetics (force and torque), friction, stress, and strain. Practical occupational therapy examples are used to explain these principles.