Online Course
Gait Definitions and Gait Cycle
Grasping the relevant terms and parameters to analyse gait

1-1.5 hours





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Alexandra Kopelovich
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Dr. Alexandra Kopelovich is passionate about teaching biomechanics and kinesiology and promoting evidence-based practice.

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Human gait depends on a complex interplay between the nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. It is an integral part of our daily locomotion and a key health indicator. Age, personality, mood and sociocultural factors influence an individual's gait pattern. Gait disorders may lead to falls, injury and reduced quality of life. It is important for rehabilitation professionals to be able to measure and analyse human gait. In this course, the basic terminology and parameters of gait are discussed.


This course aims to pave the way for you to understand the various definitions and terminology of gait.


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 rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Doctors, Nurses, Prosthetists, and Orthotists.


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 1.1 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:

  • explain the difference between gait, walking and ambulation
  • discuss the development of gait throughout the lifespan
  • list at least five major tasks of gait
  • describe important gait terminology
  • summarise the temporal and distance variables used in gait analysis

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Alexandra Kopelovich: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
(Google translate)It was valuable and exciting. What I read and watched in the video about walking, its terminology and biomechanics flow into my professional practices with patients. It is an excellent course by all standards. Thank you very much for your great effort!
Azdasheir Ahmad Shekhey
Syrian Arab Republic
This session was unique! I learned a lot, and it boosted my confidence.
Muhammad Tariq