Pelvic Floor Implications for the Running Athlete (PFIRA)
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.
Saturday, Day 1: 8:00am-5:00pm *registration begins at 7:00am
Sunday, Day 2: 8:00am-5:00pm
Contact Hours: 15.0
In-Person Version: Lecture & Lab
Virtual Version: Lecture
Course Eligibility & Prerequisites
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.
Lab Work for In-Person Course Version
Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs “clinician” and “patient”. These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants.
“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.”
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- 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
Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion. A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.
- 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.
Pricing & Registration
Already registered for a course? Head on over to the Learning Center to access your pre-readings, course manual, discussion forums and your post-course final exam.
Foreign-Educated Physical Therapists
English Language Proficiency
If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.