Sandi J. Spaulding; The Biomechanics of Prehension. Am J Occup Ther 1989;43(5):302-307. doi: 10.5014/ajot.43.5.302.
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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.
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