Treating and Training the Female Runner (or Any Female Athlete) Live-Online Course
September 11-12, 2021 8am – 5:30pm PST each day (recommended log-on time of 7:45 am PST) Live-Online with pre-recorded content mandatory prior to the weekend
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The live course Treating and Training the Female Runner is transitioning to a live-online offering. The course content and labs have been adapted to create a robust, interactive learning experience. The early feedback from delivering the course this way in March at the start of the crisis was exciting! We suggest looking at the information here to understand how the platform works, how you will be able interact with Julie and other participants and how the course will be delivered. You will be tuning in from your own home. Please read and watch ALL the content before sending us questions, we would really appreciate it.
The course content, description and objectives are the same as the live course (see below), the adapted schedule is posted below. The strategies for assessment and treatment are very conducive and adaptable to telehealth. In addition to practicing the concepts throughout in collaborative conversations and labs, the adapted course now includes a home study case as an opportunity to practice course concepts and prepare you for engaging patients in telehealth.
Module One from Julie’s Foundational Course (Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations is a part of the course. It is STILL a course requirement and expectation. It creates a common concept launching point and language for the Running course. These concepts are NOT reviewed, but built on out of the gate in the Running Course. It will be included in your course costs. If you have taken it previously (either as a part of Julie’s live 2-day professional course or as a stand-alone module or as a part of the FULL 7-module online version of the course), you are prepared, but should review the material. You are not being charged a second time for Module One. The concepts still have the intrinsic value you gained from the module/course. We are attempting to simplify the process for this transition to live-online, by including Module One as we move forward.
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)** Live-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). An online opportunity to review the home case study with Julie is included in the course price and will be scheduled approximately one month after the live-online course.
Module One of Piston Science Part One (Diaphragm Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations Online or Live) 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 (linked at the end of this paragraph) are highly recommended to broaden your understanding of the material before the Running/Athlete course. A broader foundation will prepare you to apply the ideas across a continuum of needs in different populations-from basic first steps, to early application in function and movement, to building targeted interventions for any type of female athletes.
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? **
This live-online 2-day course** will blend theory and practice to bridge the gap between our understanding of musculoskeletal, and sports performance with pelvic, abdominal and pregnancy/postpartum health considerations for female runners. The course is intended to be an entry level (and all external) 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 sport to gain the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning and relevant skills to integratively assess and address the full clinical picture for their female runners.
*(Information, reasoning, and strategies can be applied to other types of female athletes).
Pre-Course and Lab Requirements:
**Participants are required to complete a 2-hour online module (Module 1 of Piston Science Part One) that provides the evidence and conceptual foundation for the approach Julie Wiebe takes with female athletes. This module must be completed at least 1-month prior to attending the live course. This will provide participants time to apply the concepts clinically, develop questions, generate robust conversation and allow us to pursue more advanced topics in the live component. Module One will not be reviewed, but applied out of the gate in the live portion. You will need to provide a Module One completion certificate to receive course handouts.
The first module of Piston Science Part One is a part of the course (but is a separate purchase from registering for the course through the course host). More modules are recommended to optimize your experience on site. Registrants get discounts on the following:
- 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.
- Collect pictures of yourself and one other person* from the front and side.
- 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.
- 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! View should be from the side.
- Have a full length mirror on hand, room to move, and some type of resistance equipment on hand (bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc.).
- Sign and return the course Terms and Conditions.
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 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 insure 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 athletes training program. Observation, and participation through self-reflection, will assist with monitoring and modifying an athletes 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.
A final schedule will be provided prior to the course weekend, start time and timing of each section may vary slightly from schedule below due to time zone variations. A course platform orientation may be provided on the Thursday evening prior to the course, attendance is highly recommended to ensure a smooth course.
- 8:00-8:30-Introductions and Course Orientation
- 8:30-10:30 – Module One Applied to Female Runners (this is not a review, but next steps)
- 10:45-12:15-Clinical Reasoning for the Female Runner
- 12:15-1:00- Lunch
- 1:00-2:00- Alignment/Form Assessment (Thoracic Cage in Pregnant and Postpartum Women)
- 2:00-5:00- Detailed Assessments with Small Group, Self-Labs, and Self-Reflection (Floating Break)
- Central Control System (Breath Mechanics, Pelvic Floor and Abdominals)
- Movement and Rotational Patterns
- Gait and Running Form Assessments
- 5:00-5:30-Q and A
- 8:00-9:00 – Q and A; Concept Review
- 9:00-10:00- Pelvic and Abdominal Health Integration
- 10:00-11:00- Case Review/Application (Runner with Diastasis; Triathlete with Pelvic Pain)
- 11:00-12:30- Treatment Strategies: Impact
- 12:30-1:00- Lunch
- 1:00-2:30 – Treatment Strategies: Intra-abdominal Pressure
- 2:30-3:30- Rotation and Muscular Relationships that Support Reciprocation
- 3:30-3:45- Break
- 3:45-4:45 Return to Run Reasoning (Running as Intervention)
- 4:45-5:00-Culminating Activity/Final synthesizing comments
- 5:00-5:30- Q and A