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Gait Posture. 2013 Jul;38(3):534-6. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.12.013. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Trip recoveries of people with unilateral, transfemoral or knee disarticulation amputations: Initial findings.

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The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, United States.


The purpose of this report is to provide novel findings from the kinematics of five amputees following a laboratory-induced trip. Only amputees with a unilateral, transfemoral or knee disarticulation amputation were included in this study. When the prosthesis was obstructed, all subjects used a lowering strategy, resulting in three harness-assisted recoveries and one fall. When the non-prosthetic limb was obstructed, one subject fell using an elevating strategy, one subject fell using a lowering strategy, and one subject, who was harness-assisted, used a hopping strategy. These results can be used to guide further studies of how to limit prosthetic knee flexion due to weight-bearing during a lowering strategy, implement compensatory step training to reduce fall risk, and identify appropriate, context-specific recovery strategies for people with transfemoral or knee disarticulation amputations.


Amputee; Artificial limbs; Balance; Falls; Prosthesis

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