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DRA - Evaluation and Assessment

DRA - Evaluation and Assessment

DRA - Evaluation and Assessment

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in May 2024


This is module 3 in the 4 module series: Pregnancy and Postpartum Update and Clinical Toolkit provided by Dr. Sinéad Dufour. 

In this module, participants will learn how to approach diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) and abdominal wall health from a multi-system perspective. The current evidence-informed expert recommendations for DRA assessment will be reviewed and there will be several accompanying videos demonstrating assessment strategies that will be included as resources for this module. In addition, several psychometrically sound questionnaires will be discussed for consideration to build a comprehensive assessment. This module also includes a case example highlighting various assessment strategies done via virtual care.     


This online course series is geared towards any rehab or fitness professional or other professionals working with perinatal clients including physiotherapists, doulas, midwives, MDs, Nurses, etc.


Bundle Option

The contents of this resource package are under construction and will be available by early June 2024. This course is currently available for purchase primarily for those who would also like to buy Dr. Sinéad Dufour's Pregnancy and Postpartum course bundle which includes this course, 3 additional courses, and a resource package.

On checkout, you will be presented with the option to purchase this course individually or in a bundle with:

  1. Overview of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and Implications for Pregnancy
  2. DRA and Implications for the Post-Partum Abdominal Wall
  3. DRA - Intervention Strategies, Including Surgery
  4. Resource Package - Perinatal Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)

When you click 'Buy course' on this page or any of the above pages, you will be presented with the option to purchase the entire bundle at a discounted rate.

The instructors
Dr. Sinéad Dufour

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an academic clinician who shares her time between clinical pursuits as the Director of Pelvic Health at the WOMB and academic pursuits in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for 20 years. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2014). Her current research interests include conservative approaches to optimize pelvic floor function, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health and perinatal fitness for elite athletes.

Sinéad is an active member of several organizations charged with optimizing perinatal care and pelvic health and has led and contributed many national and international clinical practice guidelines to improve care provision. Sinéad also currently serves as a council member for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Canada. Sinéad is a well-recognized speaker at conferences around the world and a sought-after expert to consult with companies whose aim is to improve perinatal care and pelvic health.

Relevant Links:

IG: @dr.sinead

Course Material included in this course
  • Welcome and Resources
  • Welcome!
  • Downlaodable slides
  • Pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis: Impact of a multi-component group-based intervention
  • Self-reported symptoms in women with diastasis rectus abdominis
  • Use of Exercise in the Management of Postpartum Diastasis Recti
  • Deleterious effects of gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Assessment Procedures & Sample Exercises
  • Establishing Expert-Based Recommendations for the Conservative Management of Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
  • Does research support the current conservative care recommendations for pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis?
  • The Pelvic Pain Psychological Screening Questionnaire (3PSQ)
  • Comprehensive reference list
  • Presentation
  • Introduction to Module 3
  • Global Assessment Framework
  • Linea Alba Assessment
  • Beyond Physical Assessment - Systems Biology Approach
  • Clinical Application
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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