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This could be because most ankle prostheses are passive-elastic, meaning they can store and release energy when they come in contact with the ground but are unable to perform positive net ankle work that allows for muscle shortening contractions to occur.
Fine motor control movements required for racing are impaired through fatigue and muscle stress induced by the amount of eccentric work, stretch shortening contractions and occlusion of blood flow due to the high muscular forces generated during training, or even within a run (Berg and Eiken, 1999; Szmedra, et al., 2001; Tomazin et al., 2008).
The high intensities associated with racing are thought to be the combination of eccentric contractions and stretch shortening contractions needed to counter the high ground reaction forces and vibrations (Babiel et al., 1997; Berg and Eiken, 1999; Hintermeister et al., 1995; Nachbauer, 1987; Tomazin et al., 2008).