Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete: Pregnancy and Postpartum
Learn to guide the pregnant and postpartum athlete to maximize performance and safety.
Eighty-five percent of women will have a baby in their lifetime. That is a significant portion of the female clientele that you are seeing and we are in the middle of a paradigm shift. Women are no longer being told to rest during their pregnancies and into their post-partum period. They are athletes, fitness athletes, who are looking to us as rehabilitation professionals to help guide them through this very unique time in their life. The primary objective of this course is to help you as the clinician working with the fitness female athlete, effectively manage the unique needs and considerations of this highly driven population.
Each unit will go over different components of the pregnant and postpartum journey from changes in physiology during pregnancy, labor and delivery, early post-partum and later post-partum considerations to common musculosketal complaints during this time and exercise considerations for each phase. Through online learning, community discussion, and weekly meetings the instructors will interact with the cohort who will be encouraged to submit assignments ranging from interview style discussions to break downs of clinical assessments. The Live meeting sessions will give students the unique ability to ask questions of the instructors, go through case examples and discuss the considerations and issues that may arise with this population.
You do not need to be, or aim to be, an internal pelvic floor physical therapist to take this course. This course will teach cover pelvic floor anatomy, introduce internal pelvic floor concepts and give you the tools to know when to refer to internal pelvic floor. We as orthopaedic clinicians need to have a working knowledge of this area of practice. By the end of this course, clinicians will be confident in triggers for regression of exercise during pregnancy, triggers for progression of exercise postpartum and have the clinical tools to help treat musculoskeletal complaints common in the pregnant and postpartum period.
This is an 8 week ONLINE course. All content (videos, resources, etc) is delivered through our online learning platform with discussion facilitated through a private Facebook page. Live video conference calls take place weekly to discuss content and dive deeper into the material. Attendance at the live sessions is certainly encouraged however all sessions are recorded and made available to be viewed whenever is convenient for the learner. At no point throughout the class is it mandatory that you are available at a set time, so there should be minimal interruption to your work and life schedule.