Female Athlete: Ready for Impact and High-Intensity?
Female Athlete: Ready for Impact and High-Intensity?
The pelvic floor has long been understood as a component of the ‘core’. However, integrative solutions that make the pelvic floor relevant in sports medicine, orthopedic, fitness, and performance programming have been elusive. The high rates of incontinence amongst fit females demands that all rehab and fitness professionals who work with women adopt new rehab and training models that are inclusive of the pelvic floor. Transitioning women back to the intense demands of fitness requires new ideas that move us beyond Kegels-only programs.
In this 2.5 hr online course, the integrative concepts of the Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston system are applied to forge a new solution, including practical and relevant strategies for professionals that work with women who want to be fit. A holistic, neuromuscular model is presented to train the system that controls the repetitive impact loading, high IAP demands, and proximal hip control needed in running, weight training, and sport. This integrative, system-based approach simultaneously addresses incontinence, orthopedic and performance issues. A case study of a female CrossFitter with sport related stress urinary incontinence and a complex orthopedic history will be presented to synthesize concepts and demonstrate clinical application.
**Consider bundling the Female Athlete Course with Piston Science Module One to explore the evidence and foundation concepts in more depth. Add the Pelvic Floor Piston: Foundation for Fitness for individuals to learn simple step-by-step application and cues. Check out Sports Medicine Bundle A and Bundle B.
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to discuss 3 unique challenges facing female athletes due to anatomical, physiologic, and neuromuscular variables
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to identify 3 cultural beliefs and/or athletic mindset considerations that can impact female athlete decision making at the cost of both pelvic and musculoskeletal health.
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to distinguish between 4 different types of demands placed on the stability system of a female CrossFitter.
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to compare 3 treatment strategies that modify the demands of impact loading for a female athlete experiencing urinary leakage during fitness.
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to discuss three pieces of evidence demonstrating the link between the central stability and pelvic health systems.
- By the end of this online course the participant will be able to describe the impact of pelvic health considerations on three different CrossFit demands: running, lifting and jump rope.
- By end of the online module, given a case scenario of a runner with hip pain and incontinence, the participant will independently propose a plan of care with at least 3 strategies to address pelvic health considerations
Course Audience: PT, PTA, AT, Kin.
This course is designed to equip professionals that work with women who want to be fit with the evidence, theoretical constructs and practical tools to provide a holistic, neuromuscular clinical model that trains the system that provides both continence and postural control during the variable demands of fitness. This integrative, system-based approach simultaneously addresses pelvic health, musculoskeletal and performance issues during the repetitive impact loading, high IAP demands, and proximal hip control issues in running, weight training, and sport. All participants should apply the information within their state/jurisdictional scope of practice.
The PT will gain the theoretical basis, clinical reasoning and practical tools for integrating a neuromuscular, systems-based approach to dynamic postural control that meets the variable demands of fitness from assessment to evidenced based treatment plan development integrating pelvic, musculoskeletal, and performance health concepts. Co-professional collaboration and referral will be stressed.
The PTA will gain insight to the theoretical basis for assessment process, and reasoning behind the POC designed by the therapist. Course participation and experience with specific cueing, exercise guidelines, progression parameters and treatment methods will insure continuity of care.
The Athletic Trainer/Kinesiologist (AT)/Kin will gain insight into theory, evidence and practical tools for integration of the POC into an athletes training program keeping pelvic and musculoskeletal health in mind.
Part One: (1:50)
- Introduction to the interaction of pelvic, musculoskeletal and performance health for female athletes
- Understanding your female athlete: Who?
- Understanding the challenges they are facing: What?
Part Two: (1)
- Understanding How to practically apply the concepts in Part One
- In-depth exploration of a case study of a Female CrossFitter with a complex Orthopedic history and severe stress urinary incontinence.
- Concepts applied to stability program, weight training form and strategy changes, and running form and strategy changes
I need a Certificate of Completion
After you have completed the course modules, look for a link “I need a certificate of completion” at the bottom of the course page. Click the link to be directed to your post-test at www.classmarker.com. You must score a minimum of 70% on this test in order to receive the certificate. After you have submitted the test, you will be provided with the option to download your certificate of completion. In addition, click the link to be directed to a course self-refection to optimize the application of your learning to clinical practice. Please follow the provided link to complete the course evaluation. We value your feedback!
Is the course eligible for CEU's?
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has approved and awarded this course 2 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs). CCUs are accepted by 34 state boards and will be translated by them into either CEUs or hours depending on which your state board awards. Please be advised this may not directly correlate with the number of CCUs awarded, nor to the number of contact hours of the actual course. You need to contact your board to understand how the CCU’s will be convert-ed to the “currency” of your board. To receive CEUs you must complete the course and pass the post-test with a minimum of 70%. Please click here to see if your state board accepts the FSBPT approval. (Currently we are pursuing recertification for this course).
Computer Compatibility Needs
This course is hosted on the teachable.com online streaming service designed to handle any system setup. So if you have a computer and an internet connection you should have access without issue. If you have issues with a slower bandwidth connection then you can change the video settings to a lower quality to help improve any loading issues.
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Julie Wiebe, PT, DPT has over twenty-four years of clinical experience in Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health, specializing in pelvic/abdominal, pregnancy and postpartum health for fit and athletic females. Following her passion to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and injury to return to high levels of fitness and performance, she has pioneered an integrative approach to promote women’s health in and through fitness.
Her innovative concepts and strategies have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations (ortho/sports medicine, pelvic health, neurology, and pediatrics). A published author, Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, conferences and professional organizations.
Julie maintains a clinical practice in Los Angeles and shares her approach for post pregnancy and pelvic health recovery and return to fitness with women worldwide through online courses, blogs, videos, podcasts and social media.
When not trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, Julie is happy to focus on her first passions: being mom to the Z’s (Zoe and Zack), and wife to David.
Want to book Julie for an onsite or online lecture, inservice or course? Please contact [email protected]