For soldiers who have sustained amputations and wish to return to Active Duty, it is essential to be able to perform common soldier tasks such as marching while wearing a rucksack. The purpose of this study was to examine the metabolic requirements of servicemembers with transtibial amputations walking at a steady state while wearing a loaded rucksack and compare these requirements with uninjured controls. Results showed significant differences between groups, though not as great as previous literature would predict. Knowledge of realistic outcomes will help guide rehabilitation.
Volume 49 Number 4, 2012
Pages 535 — 544
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