Determining the Potential Benefit of Powered Prostheses
Post date: Sep 28, 2016 4:20:18 PM
PI: Deanna Gates, Ph.D.
Funding: Department of Defense
The goal of this project is to determine how the addition of power to the push-off phase of gait affects the amount of effort required to walk, the time of muscle fatigue onset, and overall activity level of patients with transtibial amputation. Each participant visits the lab four times, twice with their current prescribed prosthesis and twice with the BiOM powered ankle prostheses. Between lab visits, they will complete activity and GPS monitoring at home for two weeks, once with their device and once with the BiOM. During the lab visits, we will measure metabolic cost with the Cosmed system, collect movement kinematics using Motion Analysis cameras and software, and measure muscle activity (EMG).