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It is difficult to stop accidental falls and maintain balance after leg amputation. The goal of post-amputation rehabilitation is to improve mobility function, reduce fall risks, and improve safety. Although there have been advancements in prosthetic technology, individuals with leg amputation are still experiencing frequent falls. We believe this is partially due to the lack of scientific knowledge on prosthetic skill learning after amputation. Post-amputation rehabilitation involves learning and relearning complex motor skills, such as walking and quick stepping to stop falls. This process becomes intense as Individuals perform these tasks with a prosthesis. Our goal was to find a way to make rehabilitation training after amputation more effective. This study examines the effectiveness of incorporating peer-based training during post-amputation rehabilitation. Participants with lower limb amputation will be instructed to watch video demonstrations of balance and recovery tasks performed by an amputee peer or non-amputee. The performance of participants will be tracked before, throughout, and after training. Knowledge from this study will benefit individuals with lower limb amputation by speeding up the learning of prosthetic skills lower limb amputation.
Amputation; Visual Attention; Amputee; Rehabilitation; Lower Limb Amputation
Davis, Briauna and Lee, Szu-Ping Ph.D., "Visual Attention During Observational Learning of Motor Skills: Implications in Rehabilitation After Amputation" (2021). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 32.