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Kinematic analysis of males with transtibial amputation carrying military loads

Barri L. Schnall, MPT, et al.

Load carriage tasks are common to many professions, including military personnel. Yet, the biomechanical adaptations to loads carried on the body in persons with lower-limb amputations are not fully understood. This study characterized temporalspatial and kinematic gait parameters in servicemembers with and without a unilateral transtibial amputation (TTA) during several military-relevant loaded walking tasks. Although the results suggest biomechanical adaptations to carried loads in persons with TTA are similar to nondisabled individuals, the extent of these changes was larger among persons with TTA. Such evidence is important for optimizing rehabilitation/mobility strategies and minimizing risk for overuse injuries.

Volume 51 Number 10, 2014
   Pages 1505 — 1514

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Schnall BL, Hendershot BD, Bell JC, Wolf EJ. Kinematic analysis of males with transtibial amputation carrying military loads. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(10):1505???14.

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