Expert Series: How to do Better for your Female Clients
As a health or fitness professional, you have a lot of the pelvic health knowledge you need to help your clients but they just don’t seem to be responding or achieving their dream goals. Sure, their symptoms have improved a bit but they still can’t run, jump, lift heavy weights or take part in what they want to do. They might be ante-natal, post-natal or never been pregnant - they may have incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and/or diastasis.
You might have been taught that these high impact, high load exercises and activities are “bad” things to do, and certainly, not everyone can go back to doing these things…
...but what if we were taught things that aren’t quite true, that the evidence doesn’t seem to support?
You might not actually change the things you do, but I hope you change the reasons why you do them!
You are already a good therapist or fitness professional. You already change peoples lives. We genuinely want to acknowledge that. But you want to be better. You want to help more people.
Topics of discussion:
- How to provide a chance for health and fitness professionals to think about their thinking, models, biases, and beliefs and then to challenge them!
- How to introduce a framework from which you can approach the acquisition of knowledge, assessment and management of Female Athletes
- How to provide a basic understanding of high-intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including boot camp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants
- How to introduce participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high-intensity training athletes more specifically
- How to deal with ante-natal and postnatal exercise considerations in high-intensity exercise.
- Understand your own biases;
- Meet the person where they're at;
- It's easy to sit in the cheap seats...but true growth occurs when you step into the arena;
- It's not easy to change;
- Think outside of your clinical toolbox;
- You are good at what you do. continue to evolve and grow.
Antony Lo, B. App.Se (Physio) (USyd), Masters in Manual Therapy (UWA)
Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice for over 21 years.
He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialization training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 7 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilizes the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.
He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit Level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia