publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Narrowing beam-walking is a clinically feasible approach for assessing balance ability in lower-limb prosthesis users

Sawers A; Hafner B;
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  • Published: 02 Dec 2018 Journal: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (issn: 1650-1977, eissn: 1651-2081, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Foundation for Rehabilitation Information
Abstract
Objective: Challenging clinical balance tests are needed to expose balance deficits in lower-limb prost-hesis users. This study examined whether narrowing beam-walking could overcome conceptual and practical limitations identified in fixed-width beam-walking. Design: Cross-sectional. Participants: Unilateral lower-limb prosthesis users. Methods: Participants walked 10 times along a low, narrowing beam. Performance was quantified using the normalized distance walked. Heuristic rules were applied to determine whether the narrowing beam task was “too easy,” “too hard,” or “appropriately challenging” for each participant. Linear regression and Bland-Altman plots wer...
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