TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 2C: Gait Compromises

Students have investigated typical gait phases in Mobile Marvin, and Gauge Your Gait activities. In this investigation, students will research various conditions that can cause gait compromises. They will use their creativity and understanding of gait phases to devise methods of simulating a gait compromise. Students are not limited in the kinds of material used to simulate the gait compromise, but it is suggested that the following materials be on hand: Ace wrap, walkers, canes, crutches. They will then investigate the effect of their simulated physical impairments on gait. 

Objectives: 
  • Generate an hypothesis to be investigated
  • Determine the validity of his/her hypothesis by graphing and analyzing data collected
  • Present and support his/her findings to the class
  • Describe how medical conditions affect gait 
Keywords: 

Gait, compromise, hypothesis, graph, analyze, impairment, walk, kinematic, motion, cycle, stance, swing, velocity, stride, cadence, anterior cruciate ligament, cane, crutch, Parkinson's disease, posture, arthritis, joint, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy

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Activity Code: 
2C
Unit Reference: 
Mo-bility: Movement by the Numbers
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 2: Walk This Sway: Assessing Movement