Gait and running analysis is a fundamental aspect of physical therapist practice that is used to guide the development of the best possible intervention(s) for restoring optimal movement and function. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of normal and pathological gait. The use of observational and video analysis as an integral part of the gait examination will be emphasized. In addition, strategies to modify gait and running mechanics will be addressed as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Case studies will be utilized to promote the integration of the material presented.
CEU = 1.6
Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes
1. Learn the normal kinematics and kinetics of the lower extremity chain during gait and running.
2. Recognize movement deviations that contribute to common injuries and dysfunctions.
3. Learn typical compensatory strategies in various patient populations.
4. Develop observational analysis skills for gait and running
5 Perform analysis using video, force plate, or instrumental treadmill
6. Develop sound intervention programs that address the root cause of gait and running related impairments.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Professor, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC, Founder and Owner of Movement Performance Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Christopher Powers’ research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. Specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics and muscular actions contribute to lower-extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. He is co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and director of the division’s biokinesiology program.
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