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Optimizing Orthotic and Prosthetic Components for Military Women with Limb Salvage or Amputation

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Technical Report,01 Mar 2018,28 Feb 2019

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Naval Medical Center, San Diego San Diego United States

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Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthoses IDEO and Running-Specific Prostheses RSPs have been designed to allow people with lower extremity limb salvage LS and transtibial amputations TTA to more effectively run, an activity used to improve fitness and health, and to assess physical endurance in military populations. Exercise such as running is extremely important for and strongly associated with quality of life. Moreover, compared to use of conventional orthoses and prostheses, use of IDEOs and RSPs has resulted in significantly higher functional ability and quality of life for service members with LS and TTA. However, existing practices use a trial-and-error approach for prescription based on a male cohort and do not necessarily optimize performance and satisfaction for women service members. Our goals are to determine the optimal IDEO and RSP components and develop quantitative guidelines for prescribing orthoses and prostheses for running in women service members with LS and TTA so that these women can regain the greatest possible level of functional ability and return to an active lifestyle andor active duty.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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