IBITA recognized advanced course

Gait Adaptability: the challenge of contextual variability

Course Description:
Planned according to IBITA International Rules and Regulations

  • Introduction to the multiple aspects of locomotion and the role of the contextual variability for function, including both personal and environmental factors, in persons with neurological dysfunction.
  • Based on the conceptual framework and key aspects of clinical reasoning and practice of the Bobath Concept and the understanding of human movement.
  • Lectures, patient demonstrations, theory/practice sessions, practical sessions and patient assessment and treatment sessions. Participants will work in pairs with an allocated patient be guided and supervised by the instructors.

Areas to be covered:

  • Interdependence of postural control and core control in recovery of locomotion and limb function
  • Neurophysiological mechanisms and patterned control of human locomotion
  • Gait adaptability to walking competence and locomotor disability
  • Relationship between motor recovery and compensation and locomotor rehabilitation
  • Requirements for gait, such as step initiation, bilateral and unilateral limb support, propulsion, backward and sideways variations of directions, variations of environment, ramps, stairs, running and jumping and the use of treadmill.
  • The application of ‘Model of Bobath Clinical Practice’ (MBCP) through the assessment and treatment of adult individuals with neurological disorders as an opportunity to develop clinical reasoning skills, movement analysis and handling skills through daily practical.

All course participants should wear appropriate clothing for undressing during practical sessions. The course instructors will provide supervision and guidance during patient treatment sessions included in the schedule.

Course Objectives:
To gain:

  • Updated knowledge and understanding of neurophysiological and biomechanical field, in relation to postural control as a basis for locomotion and key factors underpinning gait adaptability
  • Understanding how a change at the impairment level can affect the patient’s clinical presentation and the level of functioning in walking
  • Specific handling skills developed through structured analysis of posture and movement
  • Development in clinical reasoning skills through patient workshops, practical sessions and patient treatment sessions aimed at enhancing clinical effectiveness
  • Opportunity to review the current evidence in relation to the Bobath concept applied to an individual with neurologic dysfunction
  • Competencies in teamwork, supporting discussion among participants to train clinical reasoning
  • Promote evidence-based approach based on up-to-date literature.

This course is in English. Questions can be asked in German.

For more information:

Target group:

  • Occcupational therapist
  • Physiotherspist

Entrance requirements:
The successful completion of the basic course with certificate and a practical experience of at least six months.


A/BH 44
12.10. – 16.10.2020

Course Leader:
Ana Isabel Almeida MSc (P)
Bobath-Advanced-Instructor IBITA

Monika Peßler MSc (D)
Bobath-Senior-Instructor IBITA

Carlos Martins MSc (P)
Bobath-Instructor IBITA


ca. 47 (mind. 35 time ours lt. IBITA)

Course Start:
Monday at 08:30

Course fee:
Euro 750,-

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