Journal Club Webinar

Differences in Pelvic Floor Muscle Function, Hip Function, and Gait Between Women With and Without Self-Reported Stress Urinary Incontinence

To air on May 17, 2021 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Join us as Dr. Hartigan and Dr. McAuley discuss their research resulting in three different publications in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy since 2019.  Although much of this research to date compares asymptomatic women to women with selfreported stress urinary incontinence, the clinical implications are broader.  Physical therapist who wants to gain understanding of differences in hip impairments, pelvic floor muscle impairments, and gait as well as learn how findings have altered Dr. McAuley’s clinical practice should attend.

During the one-hour webinar Dr. Hartigan will summarize the 3 articles published in Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy and highlight key findings from this research.  Dr. McAuley will provide an overview of the relevant anatomy and literature that has helped drive their research questions and present case examples to integrate the research into clinical practice. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion during the webinar.

Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Outline differences in pelvic floor muscle performance, hip function and gait in women with and without selfreported stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
  • Discuss clinical implications for informing treatment interventions in women with SUI and impaired hip function

Please read the following 3 articles prior to attending the webinar. Click to View Articles


  1. Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M.  Women With and Without Selfreported Stress Urinary Incontinence Walk Differently Before and After 16-0unce Water Consumption. J Womens Health Phys Ther, 2020; 44(4):182-192. DOI:10.1097/JWH.0000000000000178.
  2. Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M, Brucker W, King A, Tryon B, DeSilva M. Hip Angles, Joint Moments, and Muscle Activity During Gait in Women With and Without Selfreported Stress Urinary Incontinence. J Womens Health Phys Ther, 2020; 44(3):107-116.  DOI: 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000166.
  3. Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M, Keafer, C, Ball A, Michaud A, DeSilva M. Pelvic floor muscle performance, hip mobility, and hip strength in women with and without selfreported stress urinary incontinence. J Womens Health Phys Ther, 2019;43(4):160-170. DOI: 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000141.

Moderator: Kristi Kliebert, MPT, DPT

Recording: This webinar will be RECORDED. Please register to get a copy of the recording emailed to you after it airs.

Geared toward:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Student Physical Therapists

Speaker #1

Erin Hartigan PT, DPT, PhD, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of New England

Dr. Hartigan became a licensed physical therapist (PT) and board certified athletic trainer in 1997. She practiced clinically as a PT in mostly outpatient settings and provided coverage for athletes in high school settings.  In 2009, Dr. Erin Hartigan became ABPTS certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and received a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware. Her PhD dissertation focused on clinical and biomechanical outcomes (e.g., movement analysis data) after neuromuscular training in athletes who ruptured their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and completed pre-operative and post-operative care. The high risk of injury and difficulty returning female athletes back to their pre-injury sport activities lead to her interest in prevention of and outcomes after ACL rupture.  Her recent publications in JWHPT were the first steps to exploring the influence of pelvic floor muscle function on hip and dynamic limb positions in women.

Speaker #2

J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd
Associate Clinical Professor – University of New England, Department of Physical Therapy
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists
Fellow of APTA Education Leadership Institute

Adrienne returned to New England in 2012 after nearly 20-years as an orthopaedic and pelvic health physical therapist in Washington DC and New York City.  She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England and continues clinical practice one day per week, working with women and men with lumbopelvic-hip pain and pelvic floor muscle impairments.  Adrienne graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 1994, a Master of Education from George Washington University in 2005, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2010.  She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2007.


The Journal Club is a member-led group sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). It is open to PTs, PTAs, SPTs and other medical health professionals who are interested in discussing the latest evidence and research to advance practice.

The free webinars usually take place monthly and last about one hour. The format is typically a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment to allow for real-time engagement and clinical discussion. Registration is required and recordings are sent to registrants who cannot attend live. Archives of past events can be found here.

Disclaimer: The JWHPT promotes scholarly discussion and clinical dissemination of best available evidence; Journal Club presenter’s are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Ideas and opinions expressed may not be those of the Academy of Pelvic Health and JWHPT.