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Effect of amputation level on energy expenditure during overground walking by children with an amputation.

by Kelly A Jeans, Richard H Browne, Lori A Karol
The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume ()

Abstract

The oxygen cost of walking by adults with an amputation has been well described, but few studies have focused on this parameter in children who have had an amputation. Children with a transtibial amputation have been reported to maintain walking speed at a 15% higher oxygen cost than able-bodied children. The purpose of this study was to determine if the level of amputation in children has a differential impact on the self-selected speed of walking and the oxygen cost, and how the performance of these children compares with that of a group of able-bodied children.

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