Sunday, September 25, 2011

Research Participants Needed

We appreciate the role academia plays in the development of new technologies and advances in prosthetics. Our geographic location puts us in the vicinity of some of the country's leading biomechanic facilities. We are occasionally asked to pass along research opportunities for to our patients, and we are honored to comply.

The Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Maryland, located in College Park, Maryland, is actively seeking lower extremity research subjects. The study is focusing on the energy expenditures put forth by an amputee utilizing a running-specific prosthetic. If you currently use a running style prosthetic foot/leg, you may qualify for this opportunity.

Qualifying participants will be asked to run on a track at three different speeds- 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 mph for approximately 5-7 minutes at each speed. A system of cameras and reflective markers will be employed to measure the metabolic expenditures at each speed. Participants will be compensated $100 for the study, which is expected to last a total of 2 to 3 hours.

If you currently utilize a running specific prosthetic, and are willing to participate to in this important research study, please contact the researchers directly by calling (301) 405-8154 or by emailing

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