Improved Training Program for Fall Prevention of War Fighters with Lower Extremity Trauma


About this study

This project has three main objectives. First, we will extend our previously successful rehabilitation protocol to a larger set of active-duty service members who have suffered combat-related lower limb trauma. Second, we will assess the extent to which the benefits of improved motor skills conferred by the rehabilitation protocol are retained following training. Third, we will identify, evaluate, and implement existing low cost technologies for measuring trunk control, the training outcome of critical importance, which may be used in lieu of expensive fixed motion capture systems.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria: 

  • Eligible active duty and retired service members and veterans with lower limb trauma (transfemoral amputations, bilateral amputations, and limb salvage), that participated in conventional rehab at the participating military treatment centers. 
  • For subjects with amputations, residual limb volume must not have fluctuated significantly in the past two months to be considered for inclusion in this study and the individual must be a community ambulator (i.e., K-Level 3 or 4).
  • For subjects with limb salvage, they will have an IDEO and have completed the associated training program.
  • Subjects must not have excessive pain or other neuromuscular problems that preclude them from performing the test protocol.
  • All subjects must be 18 years of age or older. 

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with dysvascular disease will be excluded, because compromised lower limb somatosensation and circulation are independently linked with poor postural stability and a history of frequent falls.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Christine Huyber CCRP

(507) 266-0984

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