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Clinical Gait Assessment

presented by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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While it is critical to evaluate the runner from a clinical perspective, the only way to understand how the runner uses his or her combination of mobility, stability, strength, and power when running is to directly assess their running form. In this course a systematic method called the Visual Gait Tool is presented to guide clinicians through an evaluation. Specific injuries will be discussed, and participants will develop the tools to successfully cue gait to ensure that clinical goals can be incorporated by the runner for long term success.

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Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach…

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1. How to Look at Gait with the Visual Gait Tool

Participants will learn the need to objectively describe a runner’s gait, and how to use the visual gait tool as an evaluation algorithm. Participants will also create a framework to integrate clinical information to firmly grasp the link between form and function.

2. Gait Cues for Specific Diagnosis

Participants will discover the gait patterns that influence key diagnoses in running athletes, and learn to integrate clinical skills into the patient’s motor patterns to minimize tissue strain, alter kinematics, and kinetics. The participant will also discuss observed problems in a runners gait and/or clinical presentation and systematically dissect ways to address each causative risk factor for a specific diagnosis.

3. Clinical Running Analysis

Participants will apply critical gait analysis concepts by conducting three running analyses on actual subjects.

4. Q&A Session

Participants will discuss additional topics related to clinical gait assessment.

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