First Stride and First Things First

First Stride and First Things First provides physical therapists, prosthetists, and individuals with lower limb loss an introduction to gait training with a prosthesis; outcome measures; and fall risk, prevention, and recovery. This clinic can help participants build confidence when walking with a prosthesis and increase their safety in the event of a fall.

The full-day training is divided into a morning session for physical therapists and prosthetists and an afternoon session for physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss.

The morning session includes a review of the gait cycle and Medicare’s K-Level functional level classification system and the various types of prosthetic feet and knees and their capabilities. Fall risk and fall prevention will also be discussed.

The afternoon session brings together physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss. Clinic participants will be taught exercises to help build core strength and walk more effectively with a prosthesis. The clinic instructor will demonstrate how to fall and how to recover from a fall. Individual participants are encouraged to join in this practice session.

First Stride and First Things First is offered free of charge to all participants. However, registration is required.

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What People Are Saying

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
"Enthusiastic and very clear presentation. Progressive and clear. Made me feel like I could do this! Wish is could only be longer. I think I would love to take a gait class from Dr. Clemens.”
- Anonymous
"Please include ALL slides in handout. Dr. Clemens was great!"
- Renee Jones, PT
"Enjoyed the level of research and application of it in a clinical situation. If time allows, more clarification on knee and ankle joint types."
- Kirsten Spearman, PT
"Have all amputees participate when doing demonstrations. Only two people were used, and I would have volunteered. We need more time to practice."
- Suzanne O’Neill, Amputee
"I didn’t know it was for instructors. Very instructional, but that was okay, in fact, even better."
- Tom Jordan, Amputee
"An Excellent Program. The day went very quickly."
- Marianne Mesure, PT
"The knowledge of the instructor was excellent."
- Anonymous
"Loved the clinical applications. Need more time to see interventions."
- Anonymous
"Enjoyed the hands on having a chance to see actual patients and see and apply the learned material."
- Anonymous
"Very easy to understand the material. Bigger font please!"
- Anonymous
Knoxville, Tennessee
"The afternoon lab contained wonderful information! Learned as much as in a Gailey course! Need longer lab time."
- Suzanne Moral, PT
"The very practical approach toward the presentation was great. The attendance and eager participation of the amputees also. Perhaps have amputees arrive earlier and have full range of amputees."
- Andy Smith, DPT
"Clinical application with exercises that I can apply first thing on Monday. Need handouts with bigger print."
- Jessica Jansen, PT
"Loved the various levels of amputee participation and the treatment plan. Would be great to have parallel bars."
- Justina Linsot, PTA
"Enjoyed the hands-on experience immediately following the coursework."
- Renee Lewis, CO
"I am a 10-year amputee. It was a good refresher of things I need to be doing to improve walking. Thanks that we used in the presentation are things that anyone could obtain and use at their home."
- Wayne Buckner, Amputee
"Great job. An Awesome experience."
- Brian Campbell, PTA
"Good material and good hands on lab with actual amputees."
- David Shott, PTA
"Loved the hands-on work with the patients. More hands-on time would be great."
- Rhonda Miller, Family
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