Training Programme Intervention to Encourage Physical Activity for Health in People with Transtibial Amputation, A Feasibility Study

Miranda Asher, Siobhan Strike, Ceri Diss

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Background: People with transtibial amputation (PTTA) would benefit from increased physical activity levels (PAL) but generic programmes developed to support increased PAL do not address the barriers which PTTA experience.
Aim: To evaluate the effect of a 12-week training programme, developed for PTTA, on their PAL.
Methods: 10 PTTA participated in a 12-week training programme, which involved one instructor-led supervised group session per week. The programme incorporated balance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility, as well as educational elements. Personalised starting level and progression intensity were based on the instructor’s assessment in the first training session. The effect of the intervention on PAL (self-report questionnaire and accelerometer), fitness, walking symmetry, and adverse effects was determined by ANOVA before and after the intervention.
Results: There was a significant increase in self-reported time in moderate intensity activity and accelerometer measured step count and time in movement after the programme compared to baseline (P=0.02). The distance walked in the 6MWT (PConclusions: This study demonstrated an intervention designed specifically for PTTA which can increase physical activity levels.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2023


  • Physical activity
  • Amputee Activity
  • Lower Limb Amputation
  • Disability Activity

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