Clinical Gait Analysis Updates

See below for the latest news and updates within Clinical Gait Analysis


Registration for the 2015 MSc intake is now open

The next intake for the distance based MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis will be in September 2015 and registration is now open.  The course is suitable for professionals with a technical or clinical background working in clinical gait analysis.  It adopts a highly practical approach aiming to embed learning into professional practice by using students’ own measurement systems and clinical data.  Further information can be found on the Salford University Web or alternatively enquiries can be made through email.

Clinical gait analysis - an impairment focussed approach

Richard Baker, Rich Jones and Julie Reay were joined by partners from the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopeadic Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital to host the second three day Salford Clinical Gait Analysis Course.  The event attracted delegates from South Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Spain and the UK.  The course aimed to present a systematic approach to the interpretation of clinical gait analysis based on Professor Baker’s approach.  It was delivered through lectures, workshops and group based activities with the addition of guest speaker lectures on key topics such as the role of clinical gait analysis in selective dorsal rhizotomy and crouch gait.  We had great fun and look forward to holding our next course, Measuring Walking, in November 2015! (details to follow soon)

“Great for direct application to clinical practice”
“Good to hear/see from different clinicians in different labs”
“Great speakers and content, fantastic interaction with group, covered material from basic principles which helped”

First MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis cohort step away from taught modules

The first cohort of students to study the distance based MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis are celebrating finishing their second year and the taught component of the course.  Their final year will focus on project based work.  The students, from five different countries, have been studying alongside their usual gait laboratory work and all admit to becoming rather attached to Wednesday evening virtual classroom sessions which have provided a great forum for discussions and learning, with the occasional splash of humour!

Moving forwards in movement analysis

The first virtual guest lecture for the MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis was delivered by Professor Jaap Harlaar.  Jaap is a Biomedical Engineer who heads up the Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratories within the VU Amsterdam Medical Centre's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Jaap is also president of the European Society of Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) and the Netherlands member society of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics.  He was one of the partners in the recent CMAster project of which the MSc is one component.
Jaap delivered a highly thought provoking lecture entitled ‘Moving forwards in movement analysis’.  The interactive session promoted group debate around the following statements for clinical gait analysis;
1)    We do not need more accurate equipment
2)    We do need personalised musculoskeletal models for meaningful interpretation
3)    Comfortable walking hides aetiology
4)    Collaborative networks of gait labs are needed to bring clinical gait analysis forward

The lecture was extremely well received and we plan to incorporate further guest lectures into forthcoming years of the MSc.

Why we walk the way we do at GCMAS

Richard Baker presented a tutorial entitled “Why we walk the way we do” to the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society meeting in Portland, Oregon in March. This was based on the set of screencasts of the same name that are available on his blog but have been updated in the light of new research carried out at the University of Salford. The event was attended by about 70 delegates from a range of clinical and biomechanical backgrounds. Delegates were asked to bring along portable devices to try out interactive learning exercises using e-Verne.  A new version is now available which works on Android and iOS devices (as long as it’s viewed in an appropriate browser).

OpenSim Advanced User Workshop

Richard Baker and PhD Student Ursula Trinler attended this workshop at Stanford University in March. They worked together on Ursula’s project to compare EMG profiles of selected muscles with OpenSim predictions of muscle activation during walking at a range of walking speeds. This involved developing a new approach to scaling the model and calibrating marker placements within it that they are currently writing up for publication.

9/10 for CMAster

The CMAster collaboration was a three year partnership between the University of Salford, VU Amsterdam and KU Leuven to develop collaborative Masters level programmes in Clinical Movement Analysis. It was funded by the EU Union Lifelong learning programme and finished in September at the official launch at ESMAC in Rome. The formal evaluation of the project was completed earlier in the year and was given an overall score of 9/10.

Mastering the Master’s in Clinical Gait Analysis

"As a physiotherapist involved in starting the first clinical gait analysis service for patients locally on the small sunny island of Malta, this course has been a major game changer in the way the service is being set up.  Prior to starting the MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis at Salford University I had already attended the ESMAC basic gait course and visited at the oxford gait laboratory which has been instrumental in helping us get on our feet.  When I asked about more training I could do, this course was what was recommended by the lead physiotherapist there.

I’ve just completed the second year (and all the taught modules) which has been a great accomplishment, and the personal support and encouragement offered both by staff and my classmates was second to none. The distance learning setup was the only way I would have been able to do this, and the course structure and content could not have been more comprehensive covering more than every imaginable aspect. The fact that the learning materials and tasks were provided weekly allowed me to pace myself throughout the year, although it also kept me on my toes but thankfully the summer months are free.

The virtual learning environment software meant that I was in touch at least weekly with our lecturers and other students with similar interests from all over the world and given the support and benefits of the virtual classroom learning experience, as well as making close friends, it honestly feels like you are actually attending the University for a Class. Just saying that I have had the honour to correspond with some top researchers while engaging with this course is quite humbling, and the help and advice provided was such that you are supported, and makes you want to work harder to produce quality work."

Mark Farrugia, current MSc Clinical Gait Analysis student