Content:

  1. The global stats on female incontinence and Pelvic Dysfunction and why this subject is EVERY Movement and Fitness Professionals ‘business’ – all women we serve have Pelvic Floor muscles and Pelvic Organs!  They are part of the ‘Core’, we can’t train for speed, strength, stability or indeed LIFE, without this essential component co-ordinating and functioning well.
  2. Pelvic Anatomy and Function – we’ll make the complexed very, very simple.  It’s ESSENTIAL that every professional knows where everything’s located, attached to, the correct anatomical names and how/why dysfunction occurs.
  3. The role of the Pelvic Floor in lumbopelvic stability, continence, organ support and sexual health.
  4. The types of incontinence/bladder and bowel dysfunction.
  5. The relationship of the Pelvic Floor to the rest of the Core including the Diaphragm and respiration, the lumbothoracic region and the hip complex.
  6. Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Dysfunction – the under-recognised link.
  7. How to properly cue Pelvic Floor activation in women and men.  Key terms/phrases to guarantee client success.
  8. Signs that indicate Pelvic Floor ‘weakness’ versus ‘overactivity’.
  9. Alignment and Pelvic Dysfunction.
  10. Simple strategies and resources for ‘downtraining’ a diagnosed ‘overactive’ Pelvic Floor.
  11. The types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
  12. Training for Pelvic Floor co-ordination and full range of motion.
  13. Constipation, lifting, toileting and pressure management for life!
  14. How to screen your clients for PFD including types of incontinence – bladder, bowel, pelvic pain, ortho dysfunction and POP
  15. What are the ‘Pelvic Health Red Flags’? When to refer out? To whom? How establish links with clinicians and create your referral network.
  16. The principles of Integrated Functional Pelvic Floor Exercise – BEYOND KEGELS and tighten, tighten, tighten!
  17. What is ‘Pelvic Floor Safe’ Exercise?
  18. Modifying exercise for those experiencing Pelvic Dysfunction
  19. Understanding Intra-Abdominal Pressure (IAP) and how to manage it – understand how different exercises and positions have different IAP implications. What happens when we breath hold? Technique matters as much as/maybe even more than the specific exercise.
  20. Pelvic Health and Back Pain Overview – the potential for dysfunction.
  21. Pelvic Health and the Female Athlete Overview – the potential for dysfunction.
  22. Pelvic Health in Pregnancy Overview – the potential for dysfunction.
  23. Pelvic Health in Post Natal Period Overview – the potential for dysfunction.
  24. Pelvic Health in the 3rd Age (Peri-to-Post Menopause) Overview – the potential for dysfunction.

Prerequisite:

  • For STA members the minimum prerequisite is L3 Sports Therapy
  • ANY WOMAN or MAN who has a Pelvic Floor who wants to know more!  Any Certified movement and wellness professional serving Women who want to know more!  The content is presented in a manner that’s suitable for both professionals and non-professionals.  The aim was/is to reach WOMEN literally or via the professionals who serve them who desperately need supportive and clear information from a reliable and evidence-based source!
  • Physiotherapists
  • Fitness Professions
  • Women’s Health Educators
  • Professionals working with Peri to Post-Menopausal women
  • Nurses
  • Midwives

Assessment:

An on line 35 question multiple choice test

Awarding Organisation:

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