Running is a complex biomechanical process which can be derailed by pelvic floor dysfunction. Conversely, the impact of running can result in pelvic floor dysfunction and injury to the pelvic floor muscles. Runners have unique physical, nutritional, and psychological needs that require special attention from pelvic floor physical therapists. Additionally, runners often present to orthopedic specialists with knee and hip injuries that do not resolve as expected due to the presence of pelvic floor impairments that are missed by orthopedic physical therapists. Pelvic floor practitioners can provide necessary physical therapy treatment to address issues for runners and work in tandem with orthopedic colleagues for optimal rehabilitation of runners with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Accurately identify pelvic floor anatomy, its myofascial and neural connections, and pathophysiology that leads to dysfunction
- Understand the influence of running biomechanics on pelvic floor (dys)function
- Identify pelvic floor conditions/symptoms that would lead to modified running behavior or performance
- Accurately assess signs/symptoms that warrant referral to a pelvic health specialist (differential diagnosis)
- Accurately assess running gait for aberrant mechanics
- Determine appropriate treatments for various running impairments as they relate to the pelvic floor
Pre-Requisites & Requirements
Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants
Pre-requisites: None however previous pelvic health experience is highly recommended.
Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early.
Lab Participation: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs “clinician” and “patient”. These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants.
- Pre-readings: Dicharry J.(2010). Kinematics and kinetics of gait: from lab to clinic. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 29(3), 347-364.
- Leitner M, Moser H, Eichelberger P, Kuhn A, Radlinger L. (2017) Evaluation of pelvic floor muscle activity during running in continence and incontinent women: An exploratory study.
- Neurourology and Urodynamics. 26:1570-1676.
- Messelink B, Benson T, Bergham B, Bo K, Corcos J, Fowler C, et al. (2005).Standardization of terminology of pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction: report from the pelvic floor clinical assessment group of the International Continence Society. Neurourol Urodynamics. 24:374-380.
English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to SoWH for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.
Course Schedule & Contact Hours
Saturday, Day 1: 8:00am-5:00pm *registration begins at 7:00am
Sunday, Day 2: 8:00am-5:00pm
Contact Hours: 15.0
Format: Lecture & Lab
Author and Instructor: Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC
Dr. Amanda Olson is a dedicated and passionate Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in treatment of pelvic floor disorders including incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, and pregnancy related issues. She is a recipient of the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (Section on Women’s Health-APTA) and has been certified in pelvic health physical therapy by the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute (PRPC). She teaches on pelvic health content nationally. Dr. Olson is also the pelvic expert behind Intimate Rose, a women’s health brand whose mission is to improve the health of women worldwide. She creates devices and educational resources to address common and treatable women’s health issues for patients and other health care providers. View Amanda’s CV.