Female Athletes: Ready for Impact?
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 demand 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 require 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.
- The participant will be able to discuss 3 unique challenges facing female athletes due to anatomical, physiologic, and neuromuscular variables
- 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.
- The participant will be able to distinguish between 4 different types of demands placed on the stability system of a female CrossFitter.
- 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.
- The participant will be able to discuss three pieces of evidence demonstrating the link between the central stability and pelvic health systems.
- The participant will be able to describe the impact of pelvic health considerations on three different CrossFit demands: running, lifting and jump rope.
- 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.
Who Is This Course for?
This course is designed for professionals that work with women who want to be fit. This course will equip rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists, kinesiologists, and athletic therapists, 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 physiotherapist/physical therapist (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 physiotherapist assistant (PTA) will gain insight into the theoretical basis for the 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 ensure 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 athlete's training program keeping pelvic and musculoskeletal health in mind.
What’s Included In This Online Healthcare Course?
- 2.5 hours of video lessons.
- This course has two parts.
- Part 1 includes:
- An introduction to the interaction of pelvic, musculoskeletal and performance health for female athletes
- Understanding your female athlete
- Understanding the challenges they are facing
- Part 2 includes:
- Understanding how to practically apply the concepts in Part One
- An in-depth exploration of a case study of a Female CrossFitter with a complex Orthopedic history and severe stress urinary incontinence.
- Concepts are applied to a stability program, weight training form and strategy changes, and running form and strategy changes
- Part 1 includes:
- Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course
- Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
- Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
- There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
- You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
- A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!
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).
Can I Share A Course With A Friend Or Colleague? How Does The Group Discount Work?
Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.
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Other Courses You May Consider
To explore the evidence and foundation concepts in more depth, consider also purchasing the Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Population - Module 1
To learn simple step-by-step applications and cues, purchase the Pelvic Floor Piston: Foundation for Fitness.
Check out the bundled course options when you click 'Buy Course'. If you purchase a bundle (instead of the individual course), you will receive a discount.
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.
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