INTRODUCTION:Evaluating the effectiveness of a lower-limb prosthetic device (LLPD) during daily activities is a crucial step in the iterativeprocess of redesigning and product development of new generation prostheses. To date, several different experimental protocols havebeen applied to evaluate a LLPD in laboratory and field conditions, which causes study heterogeneity. Therefore, the aim of this systematicreview was to formulate guidelines and recommendations in order to standardize the experimental methodology regarding the evaluationof a LLPD.METHODS: Two databases, PubMed and Web of Science, were screened and studies published between 1997 and 2019 evaluating aLLPD were included.RESULTS: Thirty-six articles were included. We identified forty-four outcome measures in four main categories: 54% were biomechanical,25% physiological, 14% physical performance and 7% psychological. Seven eligible tests were identified: the two- and six-minute walktest (80%), slope walking (14%), stair climbing (8%), dual tasks (6%), timed up & go (3%) and balance tests (3%).CONCLUSION: The main recommendation is to include functional tasks in a case-controlled (early stage) or crossover counterbalancedmatched group study design (later stage). Biomechanical, physiological, physical performance and psychological outcome measures arekey factors to investigate the human response to a LLPD in order to standardize experimental protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherEuropean College of Sport Science
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9818414-2-8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2019
EventECSS 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 3 Jul 20197 Jul 2019


ConferenceECSS 2019
CountryCzech Republic


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