CANCELED – 30th Annual Gait Course

Event Date: April 20th, 2020 8:00 AM - April 23rd, 2020 12:30 PM
Delamar West Hartford
1 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Connecticut Children’s is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our Gait Course attendees, and therefore will be cancelling the April 20-23, 2020 event as a precaution due to the recent concerns regarding coronavirus COVID-19. We will be refunding tuition costs. The next gait course will take place April 28-30, 2021, in Minneapolis.

Questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at




Laboratory Demonstration: April 23, 2020 (half day – morning) (FULL)
Center for Motion Analysis
Connecticut Children’s
399 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032

Course enrollment is limited, early registration recommended.

** The Hands-On Lab Demonstration – April 23, 2020 is now full. Registration is no longer being accepted for this day.**

Connecticut Children’s Continuing Medical Education

Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Connecticut Children’s.

Connecticut Children’s is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for Physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education plans evidence-based CME activities that enhance physician competence and performance, improved patient outcomes, and better equip physicians to practice in a changing healthcare environment.

Clinical Gait Analysis: A Focus on Interpretation

Sponsored by Connecticut Children’s, Center for Motion Analysis in collaboration with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, Minnesota & University Hospital Pellenberg, Leuven, Belgium.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Course Information
This interactive course will provide the following:

  • A background in gait analysis methods
  • A detailed explanation of measured gait parameters and their expected values for typical gait
  • The gait indications for surgical treatment in a variety of pathologies
  • Interpretation and discussion of case examples

Case examples will include patients with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy as well as other gait pathologies. Skills attained in this course will be applicable to all clinical gait analysis applications. This course is intended specifically for orthopaedists, kinesiologists, physical therapists, technicians and engineers who are responsible for the collection and/or interpretation of gait analysis data.

PLUS: Half day laboratory experience, with hands on demonstrations including, detailed clinical exam, motion and EMG data preparation and collection and quality assurance activities in
small groups.

Target Audience: Orthopaedists, physiatrists, physical therapists, kinesiologists, engineers, biomechanists.

Format: Lecture, case discussion, panel presentation, group discussion, question and answer.


  1. Identify components of computer-based gait analysis methods and typical gait
  2. Develop skill sets to perform gait analysis data interpretation, including kinematics, kinetics, and EMG
  3. Define the role of gait analysis for treatment decision making in patients with cerebral palsy and other gait disorders
    Preliminary Program Schedule

Monday, April 20 • 8 am to 5:00 pm

  • Qualitative Description of Typical Gait- Terminology
  • Gait Model Basics (with marker placement-demonstration)
  • Kinematics, Kinetics and EMG: Concepts and Normal Pattern
  • Small Group Review: Kinematics, Kinetics and EMG
  • Case Study Presentation – A model for gait data interpretation

Tuesday, April 21 • 8 am to 5:15 pm

  • Introduction to Pathological Gait Concepts in Cerebral Palsy
  • Gait Analysis in the Treatment Decision-making Paradigm
  • Sagittal, Transverse and Coronal Plane Gait Characteristics:
    – Typical Deviations & Possible Causes, Interpretation Misconceptions
  • Interactions Across Planes and Role of Trunk Motion
  • Kinematic and Kinetic Relationships in Pathological Gait
  • Lever Arm Concepts in Understanding Pathological Gait
  • Case Studies – Cerebral Palsy (small groups)

Wednesday, April 22 • 8 am to 4:30 pm

  • Treatment Options in Cerebral Palsy (soft tissue, skeletal, bracing, pharmacological)
  • Crouch Gait in Cerebral Palsy (definition and treatment)
  • Gait Analysis for Patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • Case Studies: Cerebral Palsy + other (small groups)
  • Avoidable Iatrogenic Complications in Cerebral Palsy
  • Electives Sessions 1 and 2: Variety of topics including Orthopaedic Surgical Procedural Details, Rehabilitation after Surgery, Logistics of Setting Up a Gait Lab, Gait in Myelomeningocele and others depending on attendee choices at time of registration.

Thursday, April 23 • 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (FULL)
Optional hands on demonstration at the Center for Motion Analysis in Farmington, CT

  • Marker Placement, Static and Motion Data Collection
  • Electrode Placement, Quality Assurance and Data Collection for Electromyography
  • Motion lab specific clinical examination
  • Questions and Answers

Course enrollment will be limited; early registration is encouraged!


Connecticut Children’s, Center for Motion Analysis

Kristan Pierz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medical Director
Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Kinesiologist
Katharine J. Bell, MS, Analyst
Kelly Pogemiller DPT, Physical Therapist
Jennifer Rodriguez MacClintic, DPT, Physical Therapist
Matthew J. Solomito, PhD, Engineer
Erin Garibay, MS, Engineer
Jessica Lloyd, BS, Engineer
Janet Zahradnik, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sonia Chaudhry, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Phil Mack, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Minnesota, JR Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis

Tom F. Novacheck, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Director
Andrew Georgiadis, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Jean L. Stout, MS, PT, Physical Therapist

Catholic University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium, Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratory

Guy Molenaers, MD,Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medical Director
Kaat Desloovere, PhDKinesiologist, Director

University of Hartford, West Hartford Connecticut

Dawn Roller, DPT, Physical Therapist, Director of Clinical Education

Tuition/Registration (FULL – no longer accepting registration)

The course is fully enrolled. We are no longer accepting registrations. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email your name and contact information to:

The next gait course will be hosted by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA April 28-30,2021. For more information contact Amy Schall: or Jean Stout:


Advanced Registration required. Tuition includes comprehensive electronic course materials*, hard copy of case data, breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Cancellations must be requested in writing prior to February 15, 2020.
*Laptops suggested (U.S. power outlets provided)
Lodging and Travel Information

Please note: This course has been approved for 25 Category 1 AMA CME credits and 24.9 Continuing Education Hours by the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association.

For more information, call the Center for Motion Analysis at 860.837.9201 or e-mail

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education by the Connecticut Children’s. Connecticut Children’s takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Connecticut Children’s Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict of Interest Policy: All faculty participating in Continuing Medical Education activities sponsored by Connecticut Children’s are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or perceived conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content.

The activity director and all planners, including the speaker Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Kristan Pierz, MD, Janet Zahradnik, MD, Phil Mack, MD, Sonia Chaudhry, MD, Kelly Pogemiller, DPT, Jennifer Rodriguez-MacClintic, DPT, Matthew Solomito, PhD, Erin Garibay, MS, Katharine Bell, MS, Jessica Lloyd, BS, Jean Stout, MS PT, Tom Novacheck, MD, Andrew Georgiadis, MD, Kaat Desloovere, PhD, Guy Molenaers, MD and Dawn Roller, DPT do not have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Kristan Pierz, MD, Janet Zahradnik, MD, Phil Mack, MD, Sonia Chaudhry, MD, Kelly Pogemiller, DPT, Jennifer Rodriguez-MacClintic, DPT, Matthew Solomito, PhD, Erin Garibay, MS, Katharine Bell, MS, Jessica Lloyd, BS, Jean Stout, MS PT, Tom Novacheck, MD, Andrew Georgiadis, MD, Kaat Desloovere, PhD, and Dawn Roller, PT will not be discussing the use of any off-label product.

This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.

Guy Molenaers, MD will be discussing the use of off-label products to include BTX-A products (Botox).

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