The Female Athlete - LITE
You have clients who are experiencing pelvic symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and lumbopelvic pain. Maybe you’ve made some progress in a traditional approach of pelvic floor muscle training, low-intensity ‘core’ training and exercise restrictions, but your active and athletic clients want to lift their grandkids, run races, play sport and lift weights. How do you take them from itty bitty exercise up to the activities that make them feel strong, capable, adaptable and resilient? Is that even safe for them to do?
There are so many conflicting viewpoints about ‘mandatory’ core progression pathways and exercise restrictions for women who have pelvic health conditions. How many are supported by research? How many enable women to meet World Health Organization recommendations for cardio and strength training for health maintenance? How many actually leave our clients feeling broken and defeated, despite our guidance coming from a well-meaning place?
Join Antony Lo, Orthopedic and external Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and international educator, in this 12-hour course that dives into the key concepts from his popular 20-hour ‘The Female Athlete Level 1’ course, to address these questions so that you can confidently support your clients back to the higher level activity and sports that make them feel alive!
In this course, Antony will guide you through a journey of how to:
- identify and investigate the beliefs and frameworks you currently use to treat clients with orthopedic and pelvic health concerns.
- recognize and critique the beliefs and frameworks you currently have around movement quality.
- differentiate between characteristics of a patriarchal/matriarchal care model versus patient empowering care model.
- describe and implement interpersonal communication strategies that promote effective behaviour change with clients
- question clinical beliefs and client perspectives through movement experiments and research review
- recognize the power of creating a personal experience by witnessing changes through personal experiences, and learning from the experiences of others
- understand and evaluate a new set of principles that you can integrate into your practice immediately and apply across a variety of conditions throughout the body
- execute an external pelvic floor examination and understand the implications of these findings in relation to pelvic health symptoms and the intraabdominal pressure system
- recognize how to move clients beyond low-intensity exercises with muscle-specific cuing through to high intensity exercises like impact loading through jumping and heavy lifting through deadlifting
- understand and apply the concepts of: do something different, test retest, variability is key, farmhouse analogy and the pyramid of performance
- analyze a client presenting with pelvic floor conditions
- evaluate a client’s existing movement preferences and
- create an appropriate plan of action for the client considerate of their goals
All health and fitness professionals, including orthopedic and pelvic health physiotherapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, trainers, coaches and fitpros.
What Practitioners Are Saying
"The Female Athlete - Lite course is a powerful experience. You will be given ways to expand your knowledge for helping people through a more personal approach. I really enjoyed it" - Melanie Connell, Physical Therapist, @remedyoc
“I would highly recommend this to any FitPro, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, anybody really that works with movement, that wants to expand their paradigm of assessment and rehabilitation, gain curiosity, compassion, and creativity in their practice. I really saw advantageous outcomes of how he approaches athletic females, or really his paradigm can be applied to anybody with persistent pain or any type of orthopedic condition, to empower the client and gently and encourage the clients to step outside their comfort zone in a way that feels good for them.” - Robyn Murray, Orthopedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, @mindful_physio_mom @thevillagephysioandco
If you are a US PT/PTA, check back here soon as we are in the process of getting this course approved for CEUs.
B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd)., Master in Manual Therapy (UWA)
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 since 1997.
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 since 2011 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 (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!
Course Material included in this course
Assumed Knowledge & Pre-Course Homework
Pre-Course Introduction Slides
Pre-Course Introduction (delete or change this so it is about TFA Lite not TFA L1????)
Pre-Course Anatomy & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) Slides
Pre-Course Anatomy & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) Lecture
Pre-Course IAP Slides
Pre-Course IAP Lecture
Main Course Handout Slides - Colour - Good For Viewing On Devices
Main Course Handout Slides - Mono - Good For Printing
The Female Athlete - LITE - Let's begin
Key Messages for the Course
Practical Session 1 - Your Usual Assessment of Posture and Movement
Introduction to Key Principles
Practical Session 2 - Assessing Movement Vocabulary
The Toothpaste Analogy
Practical Session 3: #TensionToTask
The SCAR Principles
Anatomy and Pelvic Floor Disorders - IAP Additional Information
Anatomy and Pelvic Floor Disorders - Group Discussion
The Green Slide - Key Principles for all Exercises
Practical Session 4 - Lunges
The Red Slide - Peak Simplicity (Do Something Different)
Cueing and Generating Change
Practical Session 5: Test-Retest
Practical Session 6 - External Palpation of Pelvic Floor
Practical Session7 - Squat Analysis
Practical Session 8 - Impact Exercises
Practical Session 8a - Running and Change of Direction Drills
Practical Session 9 - Loaded Exercise
Practical Session 10 - Reflection Time
Can I take this course if I haven’t taken The Female Athlete Level 1?
Yes, this course is designed for those who haven’t taken a course from Antony before.
If you’d like a review of key concepts, or if you took The Female Athlete more than 1 year ago, then this course will supplement your learning.
How is this course different from The Female Athlete Level 1?
Although there is some overlap, The Female Athlete also dives into diastasis rectus abdominus and core exercises, application to running sports, further exploration of scaling/approaches for CrossFit/HIIT workouts, and more in-depth discussion around the topics included in this course.
Should I take this course or The Female Athlete Level 1?
The Female Athlete Level 1 also dives into diastasis rectus abdominus and core exercises, application to running sports through running form changes and pivoting drills, further exploration of scaling/approaches for CrossFit/HIIT workouts, and more in-depth discussion around the topics included in The Female Athlete Lite course.
Is a certificate of completion included with this course?
Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.