Online Course
Muscle Activity During Gait
Gain an accurate and deeper understanding of the complexity of muscular control during 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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The human gait pattern consists of repetitive natural movement patterns which are controlled by muscle activity. These muscle activation patterns are cyclic. The type of contractions varies between eccentric control of joint movements and the concentric initiation of movement. Muscles are the driving force of gait. They fulfil a specific role during the gait cycle to overcome the external moments created by ground reaction forces. Rehabilitation professionals need to have a good understanding of muscular control during normal gait to be able to identify and address muscle activation discrepancies in individuals with pathology. This course provides an overview of lower limb muscle control during each phase of the gait cycle.


This course aims to introduce and review the lower limb muscles involved in the gait cycle.


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.


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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 0.9 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:

  • identify at least two types of muscle contractions that occur during the gait cycle
  • describe the muscle activation patterns at the joints of the lower limb during specific phases of the gait cycle
  • discuss the kinetics at the ankle, knee and hip joints during specific phases of the gait cycle