Gait Analysis

by Joseph Maynard

Students will be able to characterise normal gait in walking and running. 

You will be able to look at client walking or running on a treadmill and be able to identify differences in the stage of gait cycle and use specific language and terminology.

Also be able identify the anatomy to look at for Pelvic Rotation, Pelvic Tilt, Knee Flexion in Stance Phase etc.

You will be able to know the differences between walking and running cycles and understand the importance of efficiency in running gait and the determinants that affect it.

A recap of the basic muscles, joints and arches of the foot from a structural perspective and also the biomechanics of the foot and ankle through pronation and supination of the foot along with the difference between heel strike vs mid-foot strike vs fore-foot strike and the windlass mechanism leading to the process surrounding changing a clients running technique.

Learning Outcomes

Chapter 1 Introduction to Gait Analysis

  • To be able to understand the characteristics of normal gait
  • Differentiate the Stages of Gait and understand the relative terms when discussing Stages of Gait 
  • Initial Contact/Heel Strike, Load Response etc
  • Understanding the Assessment of Gait
  • To understand the Determents of the Gait Cycle 
  • Pelvic Rotation, Pelvic Tilt, Knee Flexion in Stance Phase, Ankle Mechanism, Foot Mechanism, Lateral Displacement)
  • To be able to perform a basic gait analysis in walking

Chapter 2 Running Gait

  • Understand the features of running gait
  • Differentiate between stages of walking and running 
  • Demonstrate the importance of efficiency in running gait and the determinants that affect it
  • To be able to analyse running gait analysis and highlight key areas

Chapter 3 The Human Foot and its Importance in Gait

  • Demonstrate an anatomical understanding of the human foot
  • Muscles, Joints and Arches of the foot
  • Understand the evolution of the human foot
  • Learn what the Windlass Mechanism is and why it is importance to gait
  • Explain the importance of biomechanics of the human foot and ankle and the ideal pressure points through pronation and supination of the foot
  • Demonstrate the importance of the human foot in the gait cycle
  • Differentiate between Heel Strike vs Mid-foot Strike vs Fore-foot Strike and the process surrounding changing your clients running technique

Gait Analysis Ep1 Introduction

Ep2 Characteristics of Normal Gait

Ep3 Different Stages of Gait

Ep4 Assessment of Gait

Ep5 The Determinants of Gait Cycle

Ep6 Determinants of Gait Cont

Ep7 Walking Gait

Ep8 Features of Running Gait

Ep9 Understanding Forces Effecting Running

Ep10 Importance of Running Efficiency

Importance of Running Efficiency Part 2

Ep12 Gait Analysis in Running

Ep13 Running Gait Analysis Conclusion

Ep14 Gait & Performance

Ep15 Arches of The Foot

Ep16 Evolution of the Foot

Ep17 Biomechanics of the Foot

Ep18 Importance of the Foot During Gait

Ep19 Heel Strike vs Forefoot Strike

Ep20 Conclusion

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Course Info

Jun 04, 2020
REPs South Africa
All levels
$ 99.00


Joseph Maynard

Joseph Maynard

Joe Maynard lives by Aristotle has said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life."

Joe qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 in the UK. Post qualification he has worked within the National Health Service (NHS) as a Senior Musculoskeletal Therapist.

Outside of his extensive career at the NHS, he has worked closely with various elite sporting teams and individuals — including Olympians, Paralympians, world athletics champions and commonwealth games medalists — imparting his own experiences from elite sport. Joseph has represented his home country, Wales repeatedly in both athletics and swimming.

Joe delivers an extremely insightful four part series on Gait Analysis.
Part 1: The Stages of Gait
Part 2: Stages of Gait, Walking
Part 3: Stages of Gait, Running