Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses.

@article{McGowan2012LegSO,
  title={Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses.},
  author={Craig P. McGowan and Alena M. Grabowski and William J. McDermott and Hugh M. Herr and Rodger Kram},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2012},
  volume={9 73},
  pages={
          1975-82
        }
}
Running-specific prostheses (RSF) are designed to replicate the spring-like nature of biological legs (bioL) during running. However, it is not clear how these devices affect whole leg stiffness characteristics or running dynamics over a range of speeds. We used a simple spring-mass model to examine running mechanics across a range of speeds, in unilateral and bilateral transtibial amputees and performance-matched controls. We found significant differences between the affected leg (AL) of… CONTINUE READING
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