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Does unilateral transtibial amputation lead to greater metabolic demand during walking?

Elizabeth Russell Esposito, PhD, et al.

Previous literature reports greater metabolic demand of walking following amputation. However, the subject populations were generally older and less fit than current servicemembers. This study compared energy expenditure in young, active individuals with below-knee amputations and healthy nondisabled individuals during walking. Energy expenditure was not different between groups across a wide range of walking speeds. Despite missing part of a limb, individuals with amputation rated their walking abilities as very high and did not find walking challenging. Young, active servicemembers may expect energy expenditures lower than those indicated by previous reports on older, less active patients with amputation.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.06.0141

Volume 51 Number 8, 2014
   Pages 1287 — 1296


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as:
Russell Esposito E, Rodriguez KM, Ràbago CA, Wilken JM. Does unilateral transtibial amputation lead to greater metabolic demand during walking? J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(8):1287–96.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.06.0141
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