Clinical Gait Assessment

presented by Jay Dicharry

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

    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 goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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

    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

    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

    3. Clinical Running Analysis

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

  4. Q&A Session

    4. Q&A Session

    Participants will discuss additional topics related to clinical gait assessment.