Running-speciﬁc prostheses (RSP) allows individuals with lower extremity amputations to participate in running activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the average vertical ground reaction force (Favg), step frequency (Freqstep) and contact length (Lc) between intact and prosthetic limb across a range of running speeds. Nine unilateral transfemoral amputees with RSP performed running on instrumented treadmill at incremental speeds of 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70% of their maximum speed. We found that prosthetic limb generated smaller Favg than intact limb, and had similar Freqstep between limbs. However, prosthetic limb had longer Lc than intact limb at faster speeds. These results suggest that unilateral transfemoral amputees using RSP have asymmetrical running mechanics between limbs to adapt to the increasing running speed.
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Sakata, Hiroyuki; Hashizume, Satoru; Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki; Takemura, Hiroshi; and Hobara, Hiroaki
"RUNNING MECHANICS IN UNILATERAL TRANSFEMORAL AMPUTEES ACROSS A RANGE OF SPEEDS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 236.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/236