Hi everyone. I’ve seen a few mentions here of gait assessments. As my interest will primarily be in working with older adults, I imagine that such an assessment would be a valuable tool. But it wasn’t part of my certification materials, and I’d like to find out how to perform it correctly. I know I can find videos on Youtube, but I really want to make sure I’m doing a scientifically sound assessment. Can anyone point me in a direction for learning this? Thank you!
I second Martin’s answer. I have not found anything for personal trainers for gait assessments. This is the area for physical therapists. I have taken lectures at IDEA from various presenters about gait. I use observation of gait as an addendum to the assessments that are part of NASM CES or Justin Price’s TBMM. While I agree with Denny that those courses are great, they do not provide any information on gait assessment.
When I do a gait observation (I do not call it assessment on purpose), I always use a video camera. Watching frame by frame has helped me get a better picture in conjunction with the assessments I made based on the other modalities.