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The Female Athlete: Live-Online – November 2020

November 16, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    October 5th, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after October 5th, 2020

Course Instructor:

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 over 22 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 commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 8 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 as well as many other sports, 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 (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). 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

download the PDF
Female Athlete November 2020

If you want to feel confident and know how to help women with SUI/POP/DRA get back to moderate-to-high intensity exercise, then this online course is for you!

The live, online version of the course is an exciting prospect for Antony, his teaching team and us! Antony believes 100% in being able to provide experiential learning through movement, discussion and knowledge. The goal is to have participants not just know how to help their female clients return to moderate-to-high intensity exercise but also *feel* what that is like. Because there is a saving in travel costs, the price of the course has been discounted by $200 as well as a higher number of teaching assistants will be on the course to assist with breakout room discussions and practical sessions.

Also included in the price are 3 months of support in the form of a private facebook group (this is free for all participants) as well as a monthly session with Q and A and discussion about various aspects of the course content.

We look forward to seeing you join in the fun of The Female Athlete – Live-Online Version!

Course Description: 

Have you ever felt that you could be doing better for your female clients? As a health or fitness professional, you have a lot of the pelvic health knowledge you need to help your clients but they just don’t seem to be responding or achieving their dream goals. Sure, their symptoms have improved a bit but they still can’t run, jump, lift heavy weights or take part in what they want to do. They might be ante-natal, post-natal or never been pregnant – they may have incontinence, pelvic-organ prolapse, and/or diastasis. You might have been taught that these high impact, high load exercises and activities are “bad” things to do, and certainly not everyone can go back to doing these things… …but what if we were taught things that aren’t quite true, that the evidence doesn’t seem to support?
I have found that it took a major rethink of my whole approach to Physiotherapy to help my clients achieve their dream goals, within minutes, not weeks. I started challenging what I believed and was taught, examined the evidence and listened to my clients. In short, I had to change the model I was working with because too many clients weren’t getting truly better.

Research actually tells us this is true – systematic reviews have shown that the things we thought were useful aren’t actually doing what we thought – they don’t work for the reasons we thought! We know that “modalities” – all of them for back pain – don‘t really work better than anything else, but all are better than doing nothing. Some might be better in combinations but there’s not enough evidence for that yet.

Not only that, but the evidence on how much pressure is exerted on the pelvic floor (Intraabdominal Pressue or IAP) is not what we were traditionally led to believe. Things like crunches are less pressure on average on the pelvic floor than simply standing out of a chair!

Since 40% of women will have pelvic organ prolapse, around 50% of women who exercise suffer from incontinence, and 1 in 7 to 1 in 3 women will suffer from pelvic pain during their lifetime, don’t you think they deserve to have a fighting chance at doing the things they truly want to do?

Let me tell you about Vicki, an attendee of The Female Athlete Course, just like this one you are going to sign up for. Vicki is a fitness professional who developed pelvic organ prolapse and suffered from the symptoms quite terribly. She had been doing everything she could to try educate herself and help herself and her clients. She was unable to even lift up 16kg (35lbs) without feeling the symptoms. She felt quite hopeless and that her exercise, an outlet for her, was unable to be done again like she used to, like she needed to.

During the consult, Vicki disclosed many things which were quite upsetting for her. Listening to her story in full was so important for her – she needed to be heard. By demonstrating to her that she could lift 16kg (35lbs) without symptoms in less than a minute gave her hope and encouragement. By showing her throughout the course that she can do things she didn’t think was possible, she was able to finish the weekend with a deadlift of 70kg (155lbs) without any symptoms at all.

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. It happens all the time and I get emails and messages from previous attendees all the time, telling me how they have been using what they learned on the course and how it has been changing lives.

You are already a good therapist or fitness professional. You already change people’s lives. I genuinely want to acknowledge that. But you want to be better. You want to help more people. You want to learn more about how to do the things I did with Vicki.

That’s what this course does.

This course has lots of experiential learning and practical application…

What this course is not is more “tools in the toolbox”. No! This course is about radically challenging your beliefs, simplifying the model we use and then applying it to our clients. You might not actually change the things you do, but I hope you change the reasons why you do them!

I have a mission to change the world for women – to be able to truly empower them to do the most they can, to achieve their dreams, to live life the way they want to, without fear or hesitation. To do that, I need help – I need health and fitness professionals to join with me to make this a reality.

Will you join me on this mission to change the world? I would love to have you on the team!


• To provide a chance for health and fitness professionals to think about their thinking, models, biases, and beliefs and then to challenge them!

• To provide a framework from which you can approach the acquisition of knowledge, assessment and management of Female Athletes

• 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 lumbopelvic-hip complex, 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, #variabilityiskey and #BulletproofPFRoutine


Open to all healthcare professionals and fitness professionals (Physiotherapists, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Personal Trainers, Coaches and other interested health and fitness professional).


November 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 2020 from 5pm-10pm EST (Toronto)

Equipment required:

No heavy weights required until the 4th session (can make do with what you have or use other things like kids)

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