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A self-aligning prosthetic device for older patients with vascular-related amputations: Protocol for a randomised feasibility study (the STEPFORWARD study) (2019)
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Mitchell, N., Coleman, E., Watson, J., Bell, K., McDaid, C., Barnett, C., …Vanicek, N. (in press). A self-aligning prosthetic device for older patients with vascular-related amputations: Protocol for a randomised feasibility study (the STEPFORWARD study). BMJ open, 9(9), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032924

Introduction The majority of older patients with a transtibial amputation are prescribed a standard (more rigid, not self-aligning) prosthesis. These are mostly suitable for level walking, and cannot adjust to different sloped surfaces. This makes w... Read More about A self-aligning prosthetic device for older patients with vascular-related amputations: Protocol for a randomised feasibility study (the STEPFORWARD study).

Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women (2018)
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Alcock, L., O’Brien, T. D., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women. Health care for women international, 39(12), 1366-1380. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2018.1499106

We investigated the biological systems involved in maintaining equilibrium during unstable and perturbed conditions in 39 healthy older women and estimated the annual difference in performance across the older age spectrum using regression. The large... Read More about Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women.

Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density (2018)
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Dostanpor, A., Dobson, C. A., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density. Gait and Posture, 64, 230-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.05.005

Background: The gait patterns of women with low bone mineral density (BMD) or osteoporosis have not been thoroughly explored, and when examined, often studied in relation to falls and kyphosis. Research question: The aim of this study was to investig... Read More about Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density.

Do predictive relationships exist between postural control and falls efficacy in unilateral transtibial prosthesis users? (2018)
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Barnett, C. T., Vanicek, N., & Rusaw, D. F. (2018). Do predictive relationships exist between postural control and falls efficacy in unilateral transtibial prosthesis users?. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 99(11), 2271-2278. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.05.016

Objective: To assess whether variables from a postural control test relate to and predict falls efficacy in prosthesis users. Design: Twelve-month within and between subjects repeated measures design. Participants performed the Limits of Stability... Read More about Do predictive relationships exist between postural control and falls efficacy in unilateral transtibial prosthesis users?.

A personalised exercise programme for individuals with lower limb amputation reduces falls and improves gait biomechanics: A block randomised controlled trial (2018)
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Schafer, Z. A., Perry, J. L., & Vanicek, N. (2018). A personalised exercise programme for individuals with lower limb amputation reduces falls and improves gait biomechanics: A block randomised controlled trial. Gait and Posture, 63, 282-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.04.030

Background: Lower limb amputees (LLAs) are at increased risk of falling due to the inherent asymmetry resulting from their limb loss, muscle weakness and other neuro-musculoskeletal limitations. Research question: The aim of this study was to evaluat... Read More about A personalised exercise programme for individuals with lower limb amputation reduces falls and improves gait biomechanics: A block randomised controlled trial.

Spatiotemporal and plantar pressure patterns of 1000 healthy individuals aged 3-101 years (2017)
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McKay, M. J., Baldwin, J. N., Ferreira, P., Simic, M., Vanicek, N., Wojciechowski, E., …Burns, J. (2017). Spatiotemporal and plantar pressure patterns of 1000 healthy individuals aged 3-101 years. Gait and Posture, 58, 78-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.07.004

Objective The purpose of this study was to establish normative reference values for spatiotemporal and plantar pressure parameters, and to investigate the influence of demographic, anthropometric and physical characteristics. Methods In 1000 healthy... Read More about Spatiotemporal and plantar pressure patterns of 1000 healthy individuals aged 3-101 years.

Sagittal plane joint kinetics during stair ascent in patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication (2017)
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King, S. L., Vanicek, N., & O'Brien, T. D. (2017). Sagittal plane joint kinetics during stair ascent in patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication. Gait and Posture, 55, 81-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.03.029

Stair negotiation poses a substantial physical demand on the musculoskeletal system and this challenging task can place individuals at risk of falls. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause intermittent claudication (IC) pain in the calf and resu... Read More about Sagittal plane joint kinetics during stair ascent in patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication.

Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance (2015)
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King, S., Vanicek, N., & O'Brien, T. D. (2015). Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance. Journal of vascular surgery, 62(3), 689-697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2015.03.039

Objective Peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication (PAD-IC) negatively affects physical activity and function. There is evidence for plantarflexor muscle dysfunction and weakness; however, the extent to which this dysfunction can be... Read More about Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance.

Age-related changes in physical functioning : correlates between objective and self-reported outcomes (2014)
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Alcock, L., O'Brien, T. D., & Vanicek, N. (2015). Age-related changes in physical functioning : correlates between objective and self-reported outcomes. Physiotherapy, 101(2), 204-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2014.09.001

Objectives To quantify the variance attributable to age and estimate annual decline in physical function and self-reported health using a battery of outcome measures in healthy older females. To determine whether self-reported functional losses are s... Read More about Age-related changes in physical functioning : correlates between objective and self-reported outcomes.

Postural responses during volitional and perturbed dynamic balance tasks in new lower limb amputees: a longitudinal study (2012)
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Barnett, C. T., Vanicek, N., & Polman, R. C. J. (2013). Postural responses during volitional and perturbed dynamic balance tasks in new lower limb amputees: a longitudinal study. Gait and Posture, 37(3), (319-325). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.07.023. ISSN 0966-6362

This study examined the adaptation of postural responses in transtibial amputees during both perturbed and volitional dynamic balance tasks during a five-month period following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. Seven unilateral transtibial amp... Read More about Postural responses during volitional and perturbed dynamic balance tasks in new lower limb amputees: a longitudinal study.

The effect of a 3-month supervised exercise programme on gait parameters of patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication (2012)
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King, S., Vanicek, N., Mockford, K. A., & Coughlin, P. A. (2012). The effect of a 3-month supervised exercise programme on gait parameters of patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication. Clinical biomechanics, 27(8), (845-851). doi:10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2012.05.002. ISSN 0268-0033

Background The management of peripheral arterial disease with intermittent claudication includes angioplasty, pharmaceutical therapy, risk factor modification and exercise therapy. Supervised exercise programmes are used sporadically but may improve... Read More about The effect of a 3-month supervised exercise programme on gait parameters of patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication.

Hull early walking aid for rehabilitation of transtibial amputees - randomized controlled trial (HEART) (2010)
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Mazari, F. A. K., Mockford, K., Vanicek, N., Barnett, C., Khan, J. A., Brown, B., …Chetter, I. C. (2010). Hull early walking aid for rehabilitation of transtibial amputees - randomized controlled trial (HEART). Journal of vascular surgery, 52(6), 1564-1571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2010.07.006

Purpose: To compare articulated and nonarticulated early walking aids (EWAs) for clinical and quality-of-life outcomes in transtibial amputees. Methods: Patients undergoing lower limb amputation in a tertiary-care vascular surgical unit were screened... Read More about Hull early walking aid for rehabilitation of transtibial amputees - randomized controlled trial (HEART).

Kinematic adaptations to ischemic pain in claudicants during continuous walking (2010)
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Mockford, K. A., Vanicek, N., Jordan, A., Chetter, I. C., & Coughlin, P. A. (2010). Kinematic adaptations to ischemic pain in claudicants during continuous walking. Gait and Posture, 32(3), 395-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.06.021

Intermittent claudication has been associated with impaired gait and balance. The study aim was to compare gait adaptations over time between claudicants classified with good versus poor balance. Kinematic data were collected from 24 claudicants duri... Read More about Kinematic adaptations to ischemic pain in claudicants during continuous walking.

Gait patterns in transtibial amputee fallers vs. non-fallers: biomechanical differences during level walking (2008)
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Vanicek, N., Strike, S., McNaughton, L., & Polman, R. (2009). Gait patterns in transtibial amputee fallers vs. non-fallers: biomechanical differences during level walking. Gait and Posture, 29(3), (415-420). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2008.10.062. ISSN 0966-6362

Transtibial amputees are at an increased risk of falling compared to age-matched, able-bodied individuals. The aim of this study was to compare the gait patterns of recent amputee fallers vs. non-fallers during level walking by investigating joint ki... Read More about Gait patterns in transtibial amputee fallers vs. non-fallers: biomechanical differences during level walking.