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Biomechanics and quality of life in transtibial amputees during and following rehabilitation : a longitudinal study

Barnett, C. T. (Cleveland Thomas)


C. T. (Cleveland Thomas) Barnett


Remco Polman


Following surgery, amputees must re-learn how to perform various movement tasks using altered lower limb mechanics. In order to optimise the process of re-learning these tasks and inform rehabilitation practice, an understanding of the longitudinal adaptations that occur both during and following a period of rehabilitation must be established. Scientific literature has reported the biomechanical, balance and quality of life (QOL) characteristics of transtibial amputees. However, no studies to date have outlined how these characteristics develop over time. The aim of this thesis, therefore, was to investigate the longitudinal changes that occurred in unilateral transtibial amputee movement, balance and QOL from their first treatments following amputation up to six months post-discharge from rehabilitation.

Studies one and two assessed the kinematic and psychological adaptations that occurred during the rehabilitation of 15 unilateral transtibial amputees. The amputees were randomly allocated into two groups, differing by early walking aid (EWA) used. One group used the Amputee Mobility Aid (AMA), which incorporated an articulation at the knee joint. The other group used the Pneumatic Post-Amputation Mobility Aid (PPAM) with no articulation at the knee joint. Amputee’s gait and quality of life (QOL) were assessed at five standardised time points using three-dimensional motion capture and the SF-36 questionnaire, respectively. Overall, amputee’s gait improved with walking velocity increasing over time (p


Barnett, C. T. (. T. (2011). Biomechanics and quality of life in transtibial amputees during and following rehabilitation : a longitudinal study. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2011
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2023
Keywords Sport science
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Additional Information Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, The University of Hull
Award Date Jan 1, 2011


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© 2011 Barnett, C. T. (Cleveland Thomas). All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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