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PowerTalk: The Female* Runner: Pregnancy, Postpartum & Abdominopelvic Considerations

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Pregnancy, postpartum, and abdominopelvic health considerations for female* runners are not well understood by either the musculoskeletal, sports medicine, or pelvic health rehabilitation communities. Clinicians often lack relevant training in their education, and siloed practice patterns challenge a comprehensive approach to assessment, recovery, and return to run programming. Conflicting information and large gaps in the research literature leave both professionals and individuals without clear guidance on best practices.

Female runners will experience a range of challenges often intertwined as abdominopelvic, musculoskeletal, and performance needs. A biopsychosocial clinical approach will consider these variables as components of an interconnected whole. Providers across specialties need new tools, and intervention models that bridge the siloed divide and equip them to provide integrated whole person, female athlete care.

This PowerTalk seeks to introduce and equip providers across specialties with an understanding of pregnancy, postpartum, and abdominopelvic health considerations as they relate to the presentation and clinical course of female runners. Integrative intervention strategies will be offered to bridge silos and complement existing skill sets.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomical and functional inter-relationships between the hip complex, postural and continence control systems as a therapeutic bridge between musculoskeletal, performance, and pelvic health considerations.
  • Compare therapeutic interventions that develop stiff versus dynamic central control in runners.
  • Design intervention strategies that lessen and prepare for impact, speed, and acceleration forces that respect anatomical considerations specific to females*.
  • Come to see themselves as equipped to begin to engage in pelvic health conversations and treatment strategies even if they aren’t a traditional pelvic health provider.
  • Come to see themselves as equipped to begin to engage in return to running treatment strategies even if they aren’t a traditional orthopedic or sports medicine provider.
  • Value abdominopelvic health and access to fitness of choice as components of whole person care.
  • Continue to seek out resources, research, and mentors to help them expand their understanding of female specific care.



Kinesitherapeuten, pelvische kinesitherapeuten, vroedvrouwen, ...


4 pt PQK


66€ excl btw


Syllabus, uitgesteld kijken mogelijk tot 48u na het verzenden van de opname

Extra info

*When used here and throughout the course, the term Female refers to biological sex assigned at birth, not one’s previous or current gender identity. The instructor strongly believes that gender inclusive terminology and care is paramount when working with all people and recognizes the limitations of utilizing the term Female. However, the term Female was selected in order to transparently convey findings from the literature drawn upon for this course and specific anatomical considerations related to the capacity for pregnancy.

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