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Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete)

Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete)

Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete)

CA$749.99
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Course Description:

The female runner presents practitioners with unique challenges. Women are 2x more likely to sustain a running injury than men; experience a higher rate of incontinence than age-matched women in the general population; and must navigate the changes brought by pregnancy and postpartum to continue to participate in their sport of choice. It is critical that both male and female orthopedic, sports medicine, and pelvic health professionals recognize and have skills to address the inter-relationship of musculoskeletal, performance and pelvic/abdominal health needs of female runners (and all female athletes) in their care. These issues are intertwined within the brains and bodies of athletic females, we can no longer separate them in our clinical and fitness programming.

Treating and Training the Female Runner (or any Female Athlete)** Online provides a robust, interactive learning experience that bridges the gap between our understanding of musculoskeletal, and sports performance with pelvic, abdominal and pregnancy/postpartum health considerations for female athletes. The course is intended to be an entry level and all external/functional opportunity. Musculoskeletal and sports medicine practitioners unfamiliar with pelvic health AND pelvic health providers unsure of how to prepare a patient for a return to fitness and sport to gain the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning and relevant skills to integratively assess and address the full clinical picture for their female runners. The goal is to build strategies that free runners and all athletes from rehab edicts and provide a path back to automatic, efficient and powerful movement, function and fitness without pain or pelvic/abdominal health considerations.

The strategies for assessment and treatment are very adaptable to telehealth. In addition to practicing the concepts in collaborative conversations throughout and labs, the online course now includes a home study case as an opportunity to practice course concepts and prepare you for engaging patients via telehealth. **(Information, reasoning, and strategies can be applied to other types of female athletes).

Module One of Piston Science Part One (Diaphragm Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations Online) is included as a part of the course. It provides the concepts, evidence, and building blocks to rethink central control strategies that are inclusive of breath mechanics and pelvic floor. It is the critical first step, and middle-ground for the pelvic health and ortho/sports medicine communities to have a common starting point and language to step into the conversation for female athletes. Module One is the minimum requirement. More modules are highly recommended to broaden your understanding of the material and prepare to apply the ideas across a continuum of needs, in different populations-from basic first steps, to building targeted interventions for any type of female athlete and clinical reasoning with Julie in two-live cases in real-time. When you click Buy Course, you will be presented with a variety of bundle options for these courses. 

Piston Science Part One (Module 1 is included in this course and Modules 2-7 here are optional) provides clinicians with the skills and strategies to blend pelvic, musculoskeletal, and return to fitness principles. You can follow up with Piston Science Part Two: Bridge the Gap Between Rehab and Fitness, this online course is designed to equip rehabilitation professionals with a clinical reasoning framework, empowering clinicians to think through the varied needs of fit women to help them make the leap from basic exercise to fitness at any level.

Course Objectives:

Equip and empower all professionals that treat female runners (or any female athlete) with the ability to understand at depth, reason through and build programs that simultaneously address musculoskeletal, pelvic, and performance needs. At the end of the course, participants will be able to address clinical questions including:

  • How can we use running and fitness programs to return women simultaneously to optimal musculoskeletal, pelvic, and performance health, instead of eliminating it until they are “better”?
  • How does impact control, or lack thereof, simultaneously contribute to common musculoskeletal and pelvic health presentations in female runners?
  • How do we create dynamic control for a runner versus stiff stability offered by abdominal hollowing, bracing, or “core” stabilizing ideas?
  • Why are young women who have never had children leaking during running and how does that affect running efficiency and performance? (Hint: Their pelvic floors aren’t weak).
  • How do we harness optimal intra-abdominal pressure for trunk control without contributing to pelvic and abdominal health issues?
  • How do you build a program to prepare a new mom to return to running post-partum?
  • How are painful hips or low back while running and painful sex intertwined?
  • What is the path back to running for women with pelvic organ prolapse?
  • How does diastasis recti impact trunk and pelvic control in running?
  • What running form considerations can be modified to address musculoskeletal, pelvic/abdominal, and performance needs?
  • How do we recreate automaticity and carryover to remove the need for runners and athletes to be over-cued and to overthink about breathing, alignment/form and rehab strategies? (Hint: It’s not with strengthening programs)
  • How do we build resilience in our female runners to prevent future injuries? **

Pre-Course and Lab Requirements:

  1. Collect a video of yourself and one other person running* (*female runner/athlete is ideal for all videos). Videos should be from the front, side, and behind.
  2. Collect pictures of yourself and one other person* from the front and side.
  3. Collect video of yourself, and one other person* performing bilateral single-leg stance, squats, bilateral single-leg squats, a squat jump, and bilateral hops all from side and front views.
  4. Collect video from head to pelvis of yourself and one other person* taking a deep breath and then speaking or singing the ABC’s. Catching them laughing is a bonus! The view should be from the side.
  5. Have a full-length mirror on hand, room to move, and some type of resistance equipment on hand (bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc.).
  6. Sign and return the course Terms and Conditions.

Course Audience:

This course is intended to equip and empower professionals with the current evidence, theoretical constructs, clinical reasoning, and practical tools to help treat and train female runners (or any female athlete). The information bridges the gap between musculoskeletal, and sports performance and pelvic, abdominal, and pregnancy/postpartum health considerations for female athletes. All participants should apply the information within their State/jurisdictional scope of practice.

The PT/DC (medical pros) The course is intended to be an entry-level (and all external/functional) opportunity for musculoskeletal and sports medicine practitioners unfamiliar with pelvic health AND pelvic health providers unsure of how to prepare a patient for a return to fitness and sport to gain the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning and relevant skills to integratively assess and address the full clinical picture for their female runners (or any female athlete).

The PTA will gain insight into the theoretical basis for the assessment process and clinical reasoning behind the POC designed by the therapist. Course participation and self-reflective learning experiences with specific cueing, exercise guidelines, monitoring for signs of intolerance, program modifications, progression parameters, and treatment methods will ensure continuity of care.

The Athletic Trainer/Kinesiologist (AT/Kin) will gain insight into theory, evidence, reasoning, and practical tools for integration of the POC into an athlete's training program. Observation, and participation through self-reflection, will assist with monitoring and modifying an athlete's program to keep pelvic, musculoskeletal, and performance health in mind.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for rehabilitation professionals. The course focus on clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, and treatment strategy falls under the scope of rehabilitative intervention. Other professionals enter into this for informational purposes only to be understood and applied within their state/jurisdictional scope of practice.

Course Schedule:

  • Module One: Foundational Concepts Applied to Running
  • Module Two: Clinical Reasoning for the Female Athlete
  • Module Three: Alignment/Form Assessment (Thoracic Cage in Pregnant and Postpartum Women)
  • Module Four: Detailed Assessments with Small Group, Self-Labs, and Self-Reflection
    1. Central Control System (Breath Mechanics, Pelvic Floor, and Abdominals)
    2. Movement and Rotational Patterns
    3. Gait and Running Form Assessments
  • Module Five: Pelvic and Abdominal Health Integration and Case Applications
  • Module Six: Treatment Strategies: Impact
  • Module Seven: Treatment Strategies: Intra-abdominal Pressure
  • Module Eight: Rotation and Muscular Relationships that Support Reciprocation
  • Module Nine: Return to Run Reasoning (Running as Intervention)
  • Bonus: Home Study Case
 

I need a Certificate of Completion

After you have completed the course modules, look for the 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-reflection 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?

Treating and Training the Female Runner will launch without CEUs. The FSBPT Procert program no longer exists for certifying new courses (all other JWPT professional courses are certified in 32+ states through Procert into 2021). Until something emerges to take the place of the multi-state Procert program, you will need to retroactively submit the course to your individual state board for CEUs to apply to your re-licensure. In the meantime, we will submit the Running course to specific, strategic states.

The instructors
Julie Wiebe
PT, MPT, BSc.

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. She provides direct care to female athletes through telehealth and her clinical practice in Los Angeles, California.

Course Material included in this course
  • Preparation and Pre-Reading
  • Pre-Reading and Course Prep Information
  • Handout: Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete)
  • CRITICAL Lab Participation Information
  • Foundational Concepts (Piston Science Module One): Begin Here
  • Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations Online Course Schedule
  • Foundational Concepts (Piston Science Module One) Handout
  • Foundational Concepts
  • Core Dysfunction Across the Life Span
  • Foundational Concepts (Piston Science Module One) Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 1
  • Foundational Concepts Applied
  • Module 1 Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 2
  • Clinical Reasoning for the Female Athlete
  • Module 2 Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 3
  • Assessment: Thoracic Cage in Pregnant and Postpartum Women
  • Module 3 Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 4
  • Assessment: Detailed Assessments with Labs (Part One)
  • Assessment: Detailed Assessments with Labs (Part Two)
  • Module 4 Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 5
  • Pelvic and Abdominal Health Considerations (Part One)
  • Pelvic and Abdominal Health Considerations (Part Two)
  • Module 5 Feedback
  • Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 6
  • Treatment Strategies: Impact (Part One)
  • Treatment Strategies: Impact (Part Two)
  • Module 6 Feedback
  • Treatment and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 7
  • Treatment Strategies: Intra-Abdominal Pressure/Reciprocation
  • Module 7 Feedback
  • Treatment and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete): Module 8
  • Return to Run: Running as Intervention
  • Module 8 Feedback
  • Home Study Case
  • Patient X- Video and Lab Prompts
  • Wrap-Up
  • Bibliography
  • Next Steps: Course Completion Certificates and CEUs
  • I need a Certificate of Completion
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