Pelvic Floor Implications for the Running Athlete
Running is a complex biomechanical process which can be derailed by pelvic floor dysfunction. Conversely, the impact of running can result in pelvic floor dysfunction and injury to the pelvic floor muscles. Runners have unique physical, nutritional, and psychological needs that require special attention from pelvic floor physical therapists. Additionally, runners often present to orthopedic specialists with knee and hip injuries that do not resolve as expected due to the presence of pelvic floor impairments that are missed by orthopedic physical therapists. Pelvic floor practitioners can provide necessary physical therapy treatment to address issues for runners and work in tandem with orthopedic colleagues for optimal rehabilitation of runners with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Contact hours: 15
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
- Accurately identify pelvic floor anatomy, its myofascial and neural connections, and pathophysiology that leads to dysfunction
- Understand the influence of running biomechanics on pelvic floor (dys)function
- Identify pelvic floor conditions/symptoms that would lead to modified running behavior or performance
- Accurately assess signs/symptoms that warrant referral to a pelvic health specialist (differential diagnosis)
- Accurately assess running gait for aberrant mechanics
- Determine appropriate treatments for various running impairments as they relate to the pelvic floor
- Day 1: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT (USA)
- Day 2: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT (USA)
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break
- Attendees must login 15 minutes before start time. Times may be slightly adjusted closer to the course date
What is included:
- 15 hours of live instruction in webinar format
- Electronic course materials (12-month access)
- Multiple-choice question exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- Eligiblity: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), 2nd or 3rd year Physical Therapy Student (SPT). You do not have to specialize in pelvic health physical therapy, all types of PTs, PTAs and SPTs are eligible to take this course.
- Pre-requisites: None
- Dicharry J.(2010). Kinematics and kinetics of gait: from lab to clinic. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 29(3), 347-364.
- Leitner M, Moser H, Eichelberger P, Kuhn A, Radlinger L. (2017) Evaluation of pelvic floor muscle activity during running in continence and incontinent women: An exploratory study. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 26:1570-1676.
- Messelink B, Benson T, Bergham B, Bo K, Corcos J, Fowler C, et al. (2005).Standardization of terminology of pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction: report from the pelvic floor clinical assessment group of the International Continence Society. Neurourol Urodynamics. 24:374-380.
- Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University in 2005, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2008, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. She is holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) through the APTA, and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and running coach, which she finds useful in curating treatment approaches. Dr. Olson has written several physical therapy continuing education courses, newspaper and magazine articles on women’s health, pelvic floor dysfunction, and running. She is the president and chief clinical officer of Intimate Rose where she develops pelvic health products and education, and authored the book Restoring the Pelvic Floor For Women. She is passionate about empowering women and men with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, and pre and post-partum issues… continue
“Amanda did a great job on presenting evidence based research and coupling that research with real clinical experience.”
“Amanda is an excellent instructor – truly passionate about running and pelvic floor!”
“I look forward to having Amanda teach other courses! Great job! Very easy to listen to and open to questions.”
“I think this class works well if you have already been doing running gait analysis. I’ve attended pelvic floor courses and running courses.This was a great course to tie 2 of my passions together.”
“Been a PT for 21 years mostly in acute inpatient setting and per diem in outpatient but spent the last 6 years working mostly with the prenatal and postpartum population. Reviewing outpatient orthopedic issues was super helpful.”