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Gait Assessment

  • Jimmy D. Bowen
  • Gerry Salter
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Abstract

The understanding of gait is paramount in understanding an athlete’s impairment and the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of that impairment. Walking and running are universal endeavors while efficient athletic walking and running are not. Know the difference. The examination of a lower limb injury begins at the feet and extends to the spine and must pass through the hip and pelvis, regardless of the joint or segment injured. Understanding the differences that occur in gait as we age will help you promote the continued athletic performance of your “baby boomer” patients. Differences in gait between genders exist, it is important to know the variability in order to design your differential diagnoses and treatments.

Keywords

Stance Phase Gait Cycle Stride Length Swing Phase Inverted Pendulum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jimmy D. Bowen
    • 1
  • Gerry Salter
    • 2
  1. 1.Saint Francis Medical CenterCape GirardeauUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Service Line, Saint Francis Medical CenterCape GirardeauUSA

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