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The Female Athlete – Bulletproof your Core and Pelvic Floor – July 2019

July 27, 2019 - July 28, 2019
Registration Information
  • Register before
    June 15th, 2019
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after June 15th, 2019

Course Instructor:

Antony Lo The Physio Detective Sydney, Australia Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Master in Manual Therapy (UWA) B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd). Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice nearly 20 years (old enough to see old things come back as new things!). He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and has completed his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 5 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare. He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant. Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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Female Athlete July 2019

Bulletproof your Core and Pelvic Floor (lumbosacral, abdominal, pelvis, pelvic floor, hip, legs)

Course Description:

High intensity has been popular for decades. However people like Jane Fonda, Les Mills, bootcamps, Obstacle Course Racing and CrossFit have made high intensity exercise popular for females. The USA Weightlifting Federation has seen a significant increase in membership largely in part to CrossFit’s use of Olympic Weightlifting in its exercise programming. With such high level physical challenges come concerns about how to manage common women’s health problems such as Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (associated more with pelvic floor weakness) and Pelvic Pain (particularly from pelvic floor overactivity) as well as concerns about exercising during pregnancy, and postpartum issues such as divarication of rectus abdominis, exercising after a Caesarian section, and lifting while breastfeeding.

This course will attempt to address these concerns about high intensity exercise in women, teach participants some of the common loaded movements, how to modify these exercises for different populations, and how to assess, treat and rehabilitate common lower half injuries.

Course Objectives:

  • To provide a basic understanding of high intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants
  • To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high intensity training athletes more specifically
  • To deal with ante-natal and post natal exercise considerations in high intensity exercise.
  • To provide an overview of common high intensity exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise
  • To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises
  • To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness
  • To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the LPH, sound technique guidelines and appropriate modifications
  • To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations
  • To provide an understanding of the concepts of #tensiontotask, #spreadtheload, #variabilityisking and #BulletproofPFRoutine

Additional information:

This course is very practical. Participants will gain the most by coming prepared to do all the practical work. It is suggested that you wear clothing you can exercise in – tight clothing like shorts and a tight singlet or sports crop top will help for observation during practicals. Whilst all the practical components are optional, the beauty of the method Antony teaches is that everything is scalable meaning all the exercises can be adjusted to suit your level of fitness and accommodate any physical restrictions you have to exercise. Part of the objective of this course is to demonstrate that nearly anyone can do high intensity exercise like CrossFit. If you have a skipping rope, please bring it!

Theoretical and Practical content will include:

  • How to develop a test-retest system to ensure “buy-in” with your patient
  • How to use the test-retest system to assess cues, postures and positions during functional movements • How I teach “the core”, especially the pelvic floor and breathing, and how i integrate it into a lifting routine to maximize results, minimize pain and pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms
  • Ante-natal and post-natal “wisdom” for CrossFitters
  • How to use CrossFit with persistent pain patients
  • How to squat, deadlift, press, skip, box jump, run, and do abdominal work using “The Bulletproof Routine” for the Pelvic Floor • Rehab and treatment for LPH problems
  • #tensiontotask • #spreadtheload • #variabilityisking

Other Key Learning Points and Objectives:

  • Intense exercise like CrossFit can challenge our beliefs of what is possible in the human body
  • The neurological system is the system that rules them all
  • Using neural peculiarities I have observed, some pain science, good ole fashioned manual therapy, and exercise we can make outstanding gains in strength, conditioning, mitigation of symptoms in PFD and persistent pain
  • Physical therapists need to know how to help people lift heavy and what heavy feels like
  • There is “holding your breath that bears down” and there is “holding your breath for support and stability”…knowing the difference between to two and what it feels like is important
  • There is no “bad posture”, just that some are more efficient than others – i want to use testretest to challenge the beliefs on what is good posture
  • You will get DOMS if you aren’t used to this exercise level
  • The balance between saying listen to the pain and being fearful of the pain

Who is this course for?

This course will be suitable for MSK/Sports/Ortho/Women’s Health Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Personal trainers, Coaches and other interested health and fitness professionals. This course is for women and men with female clients/patients (though this can apply to any athletic population)


Two-day course. Hours to be determined.

I did the Female Athlete course in 2017, having finished my MSc PT in October 2015 and I had been working in ortho and pelvic health PT since that
time. I went into this course thinking I would gain a couple of clinical tidbits about how to work with weekend warriors and gym-goers – instead what I had was an entire paradigm shift. I realized I was very injury-focused [ie. deadlift can cause injury, snatches (explosive overhead lifts) can cause injury etc]. and saw clients as having injured delicate joints that we had to carefully rehab in a pretty rigid, structured, manual therapy + lightly-progressive-protocol based way. I left thinking that clients have strong and robust bodies, that most complaints can be addressed using pain science-based principals, and that loading heavy causes adaptation and makes our clients feel strong, powerful and empowered! Antony marries pain science concepts and CrossFit/power lifting/Olympic lifting principals in a straight forward and simple way that can instantly be applied to all clients. There is a strong emphasis on communication style and building a trust-based relationship with clients using the biopsychosocial model, and Antony challenges your beliefs and shows how powerful it can be to gently challenge your client’s beliefs as well. Also incredibly helpful re: pelvic health concerns with clients who lift – they might just need to do something differently or establish an automatic routine to allow them to take their core breath basics into their high level activities. I cannot recommend this course strongly enough.

– Jenny T

This was the most fun and practical course I have participated in! Antony Lo’s delivery of evidence-based content was very rich in ‘a-ha’ moments. It was wonderful to watch participants challenge and surprise themselves with their abilities, try new exercises, and learn modifications. With so many of our patients getting into Crossfit or other high intensity workouts, it is important to know what they are doing. On the flip side, many of our patients avoid activities they otherwise enjoy out of fear of making their DRA or pelvic floor dysfunction worse. This course informs through evidence and practice how to guide our pelvic health patients toward their strength and conditioning goals.

– Rosemarie S