Online Course
Classification and Prioritisation of Multiple Gait Deviations
Learn to manage multiple deviant gait patterns related to musculoskeletal pain syndromes

1-1.5 hours





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Damien Howell
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Dr. Damien Howell promotes evidence-based, patient-centred, effective, and efficient Physical Therapy services

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The human gait cycle is a complex interplay of motor control, balance, and interaction with the environment. An individual’s gait cycle can be as unique as their fingerprint. How we walk and run is likely related to the development of musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Some gait deviations can occur independent of other gait deviations, while others occur together. This might cause the rehabilitation professional to wonder if some gait deviations are more clinically important than others when dealing with musculoskeletal pain syndromes, and if it is possible to cluster or sub-classify gait deviations in order to improve clinician analysis and patient outcomes. This course, the fifth of nine in the Gait Analysis and Training Programme, explores potential classifications of gait deviations and injury-type related to those classifications. It also discusses the possibility of prioritising which deviation to address first during treatment design and intervention.


This course aims to expand the clinician's ability to diagnose, classify, and prioritise the treatment of multiple gait deviations.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss current research trends for classifying multiple deviant gait patterns related to musculoskeletal pain syndromes
  • describe patterns of classification of multiple deviant gait patterns related to musculoskeletal pain syndromes
  • compare considerations when prioritising gait deviation interventions

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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