Introduction to observational gait analysis for paediatric physiotherapists
This course equips paediatric physiotherapists with a greater understanding of the methods of assessing gait in the community environment. It pays particular attention to using an in-depth physical examination to compliment gait assessment to enhance the management of children with disabilities. The teaching methods are varied and include lectures, paired work, group discussions and practical sessions. The course is delivered by a faculty with considerable expertise in the field.
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Professor Richard Baker PhD CEng
Richard is the world’s only Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis. After completing a PhD in Biomechanics he has over 20 years’ experience running and managing clinical gait analysis services including 9 years at the internationally renowned Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne prior to joining Salford University five years ago.
Linda Hollingworth MSc
Linda is a senior lecturer and programme lead for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of Salford. Linda’s background is specialist paediatric physiotherapy with considerable experience in gait analysis for children with Cerebral Palsy. Linda is joint programme lead (with Professor Baker) for the MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis.
Professor Rich Jones PhD
Rich is Professor of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Salford and has been responsible for founding its Clinical Gait Analysis Service with considerable experience in this field.
Sarah Jarvis MSc
Sarah is a physiotherapist who has worked in the Orthotic and Locomotor Assessment Unit (ORLAU) at Oswestry since 2004. Sarah has a special interest in foot and upper limb management and is heavily involved in both instrumented (3D) and observational gait assessment of children referred to Oswestry.
Julie Reay BSc
Julie is Clinical Gait Analysis Service Manager at the University of Salford. She is a physiotherapist with considerable previous experience in paediatric physiotherapy and continues to practice part time as a paediatric physiotherapist.
Registration and Coffee
Introduction and welcome
Lecture - What does gait analysis have to offer the paediatric physiotherapist? - Richard Barker
Lecture - Overview of the physical examination - Julie Reay
Lecture - Overview of the Edinburgh Gait Score - Julie Reay
(Groups 1 and 2) Physical exam / how to set up clinical video - Julie / Rich / Sarah
(Groups 3 and 4) Using the Edinburgh Gait Score - Linda / Richard
(Groups 3 and 4) Physical exam / optimal video setup - Julie Reay
(Groups 1 and 2) Using the Edinburgh Gait Score - Julie Reay
Lecture - Linking the EGS and physical examination to determine gait impairments
(Guided case study) - Richard Baker
Group work – linking the EGS and physical examination to determine gait impairments
(case study) - Julie / Rich / Richard / Sarah
Discussion - Discussion of impairments from group sessions - Rich Jones
Closing comments, evaluation - Julie Reay
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There are 3 Key learning objectives to take away from this study day:
- Establish greater understanding of defining the gait cycle, typical walking, observational/video assessment tools and the physical examination
- Gain an awareness of best practice in setting up clinical video equipment to record optimal footage
- Use the Edinburgh Gait Score as a learning tool to assess patient walking alongside the physical examination and determine the main impairments effecting gait
Who should attend?
This course is designed for physiotherapists working with children who would like a greater understanding of how to use observational gait assessment to enhance their management of children.