Until some years ago, running in lower limb amputees was basically restricted by the inadequate dimensions of available prosthetic components that usually did not allow for the adequate dynamics necessary for running at lower speeds. Newly developed prosthetic components for recreational sports have enabled a great number of lower limb amputees to participate in running as an endurance sport. The present paper compares biomechanical parameters representing the functional benefits that result from the use of these components. The results were used to define potential advantages and limitations of lower limb amputee running depending on the level of amputation. Running of TF amputees is characterised by specific constraints based on the absence of knee stabilising muscles and the technical features of prosthetic components.
Schmalz, Thomas and Sottong, Jan
"RUNNING IN LOWER LIMB AMPUTEES: ADVANTAGES AND LIMITATIONS OF NEW SPORTS PROSTHETIC COMPONENTS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 239.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/239