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Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2011 Jan;28(1):16-26.

The fair use of lower-limb running prostheses: A Delphi study.

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Bournemouth University, UK.


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of lower-limb running prostheses and stakeholders' perceptions of fairness in relation to their use in competitive disability sport. A Delphi study was conducted over three rounds to solicit expert opinion in a developing area of knowledge. High levels of consensus were obtained. The findings suggest that the prosthesis is defined as a piece of sporting equipment to restore athletes' function to enable them to take part in disability sport. In addition, the panel determined that the development of this technology should be considered to be integral to the sport's ethos. Crucially, prostheses technology should be monitored and have limits placed upon it to ensure fairness for both participants and stakeholders.

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