Document Detail

Influence of terrain on metabolic and temporal gait characteristics of unilateral transtibial amputees.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16847782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The difficulties confronted by amputees during overground walking are rarely investigated. In this study, we evaluated, in real-world situations, the influence of ground surface on walking in young, active amputees by measuring temporal and spatial gait parameters (free walking speed [FWS], step length [SL], step rate), energy expenditure (EE) (e.g., oxygen uptake, oxygen cost [O(2)C]), and Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Ten active transtibial amputees and ten nondisabled control subjects walked at self-selected speeds on three types of ground surface (asphalt, mown lawn, and high grass). No significant differences were observed between the two groups on asphalt and mown lawn. Differences between nondisabled subjects and amputees occurred for FWS (p = 0.03) and O(2)C (p = 0.04) on asphalt and mown lawn and for all variables in high grass. When amputees (even though very active) were exposed to a particularly difficult environment, their FWS decreased (p = 0.008) and their EE and RPE increased (p = 0.005) compared with nondisabled subjects. In high grass, both groups reduced their self-selected speeds (-15% for control subjects and -16% for amputees). Control subjects reduced their velocity by reducing both SL (-8.7%) and cadence (-7.1%), whereas amputees reduced their velocity by reducing SL (-17%) only.
Jean Paysant; Christian Beyaert; Ange-Michel Datié; Noël Martinet; Jean-Marie André
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1938-1352     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:    2006 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-18     Completed Date:  2007-12-21     Revised Date:  2009-05-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institut Régional de Réadaptation de Nancy, 34 Rue Lionnois, Nancy, France 54042.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Amputees / rehabilitation*
Artificial Limbs*
Case-Control Studies
Energy Metabolism / physiology*
Gait / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Reference Values
Risk Factors
Stress, Mechanical
Tibia / surgery

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Feasibility of functional electrical stimulation for control of seated posture after spinal cord inj...
Next Document:  Effect of restricted spinal motion on gait.