Mission Gait Academy

Level I

Course: Gait Rehabilitation – Core Concepts and Treatment Strategies

This course is designed to provide clinicians with an advanced, in-depth framework of gait theory, rehabilitation principles, and analysis to effectively treat gait dysfunction. The course reviews gait theory and focuses on practical, clinically appropriate approaches for observational and instrumented gait analysis. The course then advances clinicians’ knowledge in evidence-based functional testing strategies and pathological gait mechanisms and diagnoses before providing a hands-on, patient-centered approach for rehabilitation and plan of care development for clients with impaired motor control, orthopedic injury, amputation, and or any other gait dysfunctions. This course follows a progression of Mission Gait’s ideal practice principles and reinforces them with significant hands-on lab experience in the in-person format, or a live zoom case study presentation in the virtual version, providing the clinician with skills to be used immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

We are very excited to offer our Gait Foundation Course both Virtually or In-Person for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other rehabilitation professionals! Both options allow you to earn a certificate for 15 Contact Hours (CEUs available for PTs, PTAs, and CPOs). Completing this course is the first step toward the Gait Rehabilitation Specialist Certification – Mission Gait Foundation’s groundbreaking certification for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with the highest dedication to excellence in gait rehabilitation.

Course Objectives
  • Demonstrate proficiency in understanding kinetics and kinematics of the gait cycle
  • Define and detail the Rancho phases and critical events of gait observational analysis
  • Demonstrate understanding of instrumented gait analysis, insights achieved by instrumented analysis, and advantages/disadvantages to instrumented analysis
  • Detail reliable gait assessment tests and measures
  • Describe Perry’s structure for pathological gait dysfunctions.
  • Utilize clinical decision-making skills and reasoning to determine gait dysfunctions, hypothesize underlying causes, assess prognostics, and formulate treatment plans
  • Identify goals of gait rehabilitation
  • Prioritize and demonstrate proficiency in pre-ambulation rehabilitation techniques
  • Demonstrate proficiency in gait training rehabilitation techniques
  • Apply rehabilitation techniques to patient models through video analysis and local patient population
  • Recognize the value of Mission Gait’s ideal practice
The course consists of:

Section 1: Fundamentals of Normal Gait

  • Initial Concepts
  • The Gait Cycle
  • Gait Energetics
  • Gait Analysis: Observational
  • Gait Analysis: Instrumented
  • Tests and Measures

Section 2: Pathological Gait

  • Pathological Mechanisms

Section 3: Pre-Gait

  • Foundational Priorities
  • Neuromuscular re-education for the Quadriceps
  • Neuromuscular re-education for the Gluteus Medius
  • Neuromuscular re-education for the Gluteus Maximus
  • External Device Considerations
  • Standing Motor Control Exercises

Section 4: Gait Training

  • Systemic Gait Training Progression
  • Functional/Community Gait Training
  • Sports/Recreational Gait Training

Section 5: Orthotics

  • Orthotic considerations to support Gait Training

Section 6: Prosthetics

  • Prosthetic overview
  • Prosthetic Considerations
  • Prosthetic Pre-Gait Training
  • Prosthetic Gait Training

Additional sections

  • The virtual course concludes with a 2 hour zoom class with a case study review
  • The in-person version include multiple lab experiences to practice pre-gait and gait training skills
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