Recent developments in running-specific prostheses (RSPs) have allowed individuals with lower extremity amputation (ILEAs) to regain the functional capability of running and jumping. However, the biomechanical characteristics of ILEAs using RSPs remain largely unknown. Understanding the biomechanical adaptations that occur during running and jumping with RSPs will assist clinicians and coaches in making objective decisions regarding the most appropriate prostheses, as well as in the fitting and alignment of these devices, for performance improvements in ILEAs. This presentation introduces our project regarding biomechanics of amputee athletes wearing RSPs, and its applications to athletes, prosthetists, manufacturers, and clinicians for the promotion of activity among amputees.
Hobara, Hiroaki; Hashizume, Satoru; Murai, Akihiko; and Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki
"LATEST RESEARCHES ON RUNNING-SPECIFIC PROSTHESES: TOWARD SOCIAL IMPLEMENTATIONS OF BIOMECHANICS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 291.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/291