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Course Overview

  • Evidence Supporting High-Intensity Gait Training

    Released August 1, 2022 at 9 AM ET. 40-minute pre-recorded session on evidence supporting high-intensity gait training in stroke and spinal cord injury. Complete before September 23, 2022.

  • Priniciples and Application of High-Intensity Gait Training in the Clinic

    September 28, 4:30 PM ET. Synchronous 100-minute session on HIT fundamentals and tips for application to clinical practice. (Session will be recorded for viewing later if needed).

  • Case Studies: Application to Patients in Clinical Practice

    November 17, 2022, 4:30 PM Synchronous 60-minute session illustrating application of HIT principles to patients. (Session will be recorded for viewing later if needed)

Course Description

When delivering gait training interventions to individuals with stroke, the amount, intensity, and variability walking practice can substantially impact motor learning and patient outcomes. Research on high-intensity gait training (HIT), which is described as providing gait training in variable contexts at >75% of maximum heart rate, demonstrates significantly greater improvements in walking speed, distance, and aerobic capacity than usual care. HIT also results in improved transfers, balance, balance confidence, and stepping activity.

This introductory level training program provides an overview of the evidence that supports HIT in subacute and chronic stroke and spinal cord injury, the principles of HIT, recommendations for application of HIT in the clinic, and examples of using HIT on patients.    


Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence that high-intensity gait training results in improved gait speed, walking distance, and balance in patients with stroke.  
  2. Describe the evidence that high-intensity gait training results in improved gait speed, walking distance, and balance in patients with spinal cord injury
  3. Explain the four principles of high-intensity gait training including intensity, errors, repetition, and variability
  4. State four recommendations for the application of high-intensity gait training in clinical practice
  5. Given the findings of an evaluation of a person with stroke, identify the impairments in biomechanical subcomponents of gait
  6. Given the findings of an evaluation of a person with stroke, describe 3 high-intensity gait training activities that could be provided  
  7. Explain how to safely monitor a patient’s heart rate during a 60-minute high-intensity gait training session.

Registration and Continuing Education Credit

Register online for $189 at learn.knowledgetranslatoin.org. Contact Jenni Moore, jmoore@knowledgetranslation.org, for information about group rates.

3.0 hours of continuing education credit will be provided for participants in New York and Pennsylvania. Course completion and successfully passing the post-test is required to obtain the continuing education credit.

Cancellations must be requested in writing at least 3 days prior to the start of the course. A 15% administrative fee may be retained. The Institute for Knowledge Translation (iKT) reserves the right to change programs or cancel for due cause. If the iKT cancels the implementation program, a full refund will be provided.