2018 Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 1483-1487
[Purpose] Amputee soccer is a game for individuals with amputations. Players use lofstrand crutches to move around the field and kick the ball. Scoring quick goals during a match requires players to have maximum running skills. Notably, a few parameters affect the running speed in players; however, no study has reported the biomechanical analysis of running in amputee soccer. Thus study aimed to analyze the biomechanics of single-leg running using lofstrand crutches in 12 healthy adult males (6 with prior amputee soccer experience and 6 without such experience). [Participants and Methods] The kinematics of the lower limb and the pelvis, the ground reaction force, and skill in using the crutches were evaluated using 3 dimensional motion analysis combined with 8 force plates. Lower leg amputation was simulated in all participants by maintaining the non-dominant knee in a position of maximum flexion using an elastic band. [Results] Significant differences were observed between experienced and non-experienced participants with regard to the angle of the pelvis and the crutch stance phase. Specifically, higher running speed was associated with an increased forward tilt of the pelvis and a shorter crutch stance phase. [Conclusion] These findings will be useful to improve the running speed of amputee soccer players.