Update on Live-Online Format and Information
The live course Treating and Training the Female Runner is transitioning to a live-online offering. The course content and labs have been adapted to create a robust, interactive learning experience. The early feedback from delivering the course this way in March at the start of the crisis was exciting! We suggest looking at the information here to understand how the platform works, how you will be able interact with Julie and other participants and how the course will be delivered. You will be tuning in from your own home. Please read and watch ALL the content before sending us questions, we would really appreciate it.
The course is being offered at a reduced rate from the live course price. The course content is still the same high quality and has high value. However, we recognize that this is new, and everyone is feeling a financial pinch these days.
The course content, description and objectives are the same as the live course (see below), the adapted schedule is posted below. The strategies for assessment and treatment are very conducive and adaptable to telehealth. In addition to practicing the concepts throughout in collaborative conversations and labs, the adapted course now includes a home study case as an opportunity to practice course concepts and prepare you for engaging patients in telehealth.
Module One from Julie’s Foundational Course (Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations) is a part of the course/included in the course cost. It is STILL a course requirement and expectation and must be completed with certificate of completion as proof at least one month prior to the course. It creates a common concept launching point and language for the Running course. These concepts are NOT reviewed, but built on out of the gate in the Running Course. It will be included in your course costs. If you have taken it previously (either as a part of Julie’s live 2-day professional course or as a stand-alone module or as a part of the FULL 7-module online version of the course), you are prepared, but should review the material. You are not being charged a second time for Module One. The concepts still have the intrinsic value you gained from the module/course. We are attempting to simplify the process for this transition to live-online, by including Module One as we move forward. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the Module 1 prerequisite.
The female runner presents practitioners with unique challenges. Women are 2x more likely to sustain a running injury than men; experience a higher rate of incontinence than age-matched women in the general population; and must navigate the changes brought by pregnancy and postpartum to continue to participate in their sport of choice. It is critical that both male and female orthopedic, sports medicine, and pelvic health professionals recognize and have skills to address the inter-relationship of musculoskeletal, performance and pelvic/abdominal health needs of female runners (and all female athletes) in their care. These issues are intertwined within the brains and bodies of athletic females, we can no longer separate them in our clinical and fitness programming.
Treating and Training the Female Runner Online** provides a robust, interactive learning experience that bridges the gap between our understanding of musculoskeletal, and sports performance with pelvic, abdominal and pregnancy/postpartum health considerations for female athletes. The course is intended to be an entry level (and all external/functional) opportunity for musculoskeletal and sports medicine practitioners unfamiliar with pelvic health AND pelvic health providers unsure of how to prepare a patient for a return to fitness and sport to gain the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning and relevant skills to integratively assess and address the full clinical picture for their female runners. The goal is to build strategies that free runners and all athletes from rehab edicts and provide a path back to automatic, efficient and powerful movement, function and fitness without pain or pelvic/abdominal health considerations.
The strategies for assessment and treatment are very adaptable to telehealth. In addition to practicing the concepts in collaborative conversations throughout and labs, the online course now includes a home study case as an opportunity to practice course concepts and prepare you for engaging patients via telehealth. **(Information, reasoning, and strategies can be applied to other types of female athletes).
Module One of Piston Science Part One (Diaphragm Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations Online or Live) is included as a part of the course. It provides the concepts, evidence and building blocks to rethink central control strategies that are inclusive of breath mechanics and pelvic floor. It is the critical first-step, and middle ground for the pelvic health and ortho/sports medicine communities to have a common starting point and language to step into the conversation for female athletes. Module One is the minimum requirement. More modules are highly recommended to broaden your understanding of the material and prepare to apply it to the needs of female athletes at any level, and any type of fitness. Partial and full course bundles are available below.
Piston Science Part One Modules 2-4
Piston Science Part One Modules 2-7 (full course)
Equip and empower all professionals that treat female runners (or any female athlete) with the ability to understand at depth, reason through and build programs that simultaneously address musculoskeletal, pelvic and performance needs. At the end of the course, participants will be able to address clinical questions including:
- How can we use running and fitness programs to return women simultaneously to optimal musculoskeletal, pelvic and performance health, instead of eliminating it until they are “better”?
- How does impact control, or lack thereof, simultaneously contribute to common musculoskeletal and pelvic health presentations in female runners?
- How do we create dynamic control for a runner versus stiff stability offered by abdominal hollowing, bracing or “core” stabilizing ideas?
- Why are young women who have never had children leaking during running and how does that affect running efficiency and performance? (Hint: Their pelvic floors aren’t weak).
- How do we harness optimal intra-abdominal pressure for trunk control without contributing to pelvic and abdominal health issues?
- How do you build a program to prepare a new mom to return to running post-partum?
- How are painful hips or low back while running and painful sex intertwined?
- What is the path back to running for women with pelvic organ prolapse?
- How does diastasis recti impact trunk and pelvic control in running?
- What running form considerations can be modified to address musculoskeletal, pelvic/abdominal, and performance needs?
- How do we recreate automaticity and carryover to remove the need for runners and athletes to be over-cued and to overthink about breathing, alignment/form and rehab strategies? (Hint: It’s not with strengthening programs)
- How do we build resilience in our female runners to prevent future injuries? **
Pre-Course and Lab Requirements
- Collect a video of yourself and one other person running* (*female runner/athlete is ideal for all videos). Videos should be from the front, side and behind.
- Collect pictures of yourself and one other person* from the front and side.
- Collect video of yourself, and one other person* performing bilateral single leg stance, squats, bilateral single leg squats, a squat jump and bilateral hops all from side and front views.
- Collect video from head to pelvis of yourself and one other person* taking a deep breath and then speaking or singing the ABC’s. Catching them laughing is a bonus! View should be from the side.
- Have a full length mirror on hand, room to move, and some type of resistance equipment on hand (bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc.).
- Sign and return the course Terms and Conditions.
Two-day live-online course from 10am-7pm Eastern Time (Toronto)
Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.