Walk the Walk:

High-Intensity Gait Training in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Indianapolis, IN

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IIn collaboration with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, the iKT is offering Walk the Walk: High-Intensity Gait Training in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.

  • Online Training: Sept 23 – Oct 6, 2019

  • In-Person Training: October 12-13, 2019, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (map)

  • Mentoring (Optional): Nov 18, Dec 9, and January 20th at 8 PM ET

  • Community of Practice Meeting (Optional, access for 1 year): 1st Monday of the month at 9 PM ET


When delivering gait training interventions to individuals with stroke, specific training parameters, including the amount, intensity, and variability of task-specific practice, can profoundly influence learning and patient outcomes. This multi-component training program provides an overview of the evidence related to high-intensity gait training.  Online courses will provide a foundation for knowledge needed to apply high-intensity gait training in practice.  In-person training will primarily focus on the application of this information to patients and clinical practice. 

 This program uses a variety of evidence-based KT strategies to maximize the use of high-intensity gait training by the program participants.   Participants will also be asked to complete an online survey on current knowledge, skills, barriers, and facilitators related to High-Intensity Variable Gait Training and knowledge translation. Information obtained from the survey will guide the tailoring of information for each KT program cohort.

  • Online course on high-intensity gait training

  • In-person training on the gait training program and knowledge translation concepts (2.0 days)

  • High-Intensity Variable Gait Training knowledge tools (i.e. cheat sheets)

  • Three post-course online group mentoring sessions (3, 1 hour sessions)

  • Access to the program faculty for 6 months for KT support

  • Participation in an online community of practice for one year which will offer implementation support from peers and experts.

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

  1. Describe the rationale and evidence regarding the importance of amount, intensity, and variability of locomotor practice

  2. Apply and progress high-intensity variable gait training in patient care

  3. Identify weaknesses in the biomechanical subcomponents of gait in an individual with stroke

  4. Explain how to safely monitor patients during application of the gait training program

  5. Describe how to safely mobilize a maximum assistance patient

  6. Describe knowledge translation strategies to implement high-intensity, variable gait training program