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Differential Diagnosis For the Female Runner: Pelvic And Abdominal Health Considerations
Zoom Meeting - Details online
Zionsville, INDIANA 46077
United States
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Educational Program

Program Description

Approximately 4 million women give birth each year. Many of these women will experience pelvic and abdominal health challenges that linger well beyond the early postpartum period; they will also hope for a return to a robust engagement in fitness activities that include running. When an injury limits their ability to run, they often turn first to sports and orthopedic professionals for assistance. It is critical that both male and female orthopedic and sports medicine professionals have the capacity to understand, and include in their differential diagnosis the impact that pregnancy, postpartum and pelvic/abdominal considerations may have on the clinical presentation of a female runner. Musculoskeletal, performance and pelvic health are intertwined; professionals need tools to bridge these clinical silos to provide a comprehensive model of whole athlete care for females. This webinar seeks to introduce the diagnostic value of an understanding of pelvic and abdominal health issues as they relate to runners and to begin to equip sports medicine professionals with tools to screen for and integrate care of pelvic and abdominal health considerations as a complement to their current skill set.

Sponsoring SIGs 

Running and Female Athlete SIG


    • Describe the anatomical and functional inter-relationship between the central control system and the continence control system as a therapeutic bridge between musculoskeletal, performance and pelvic health considerations.
    • Compare therapeutic interventions that develop stiff versus dynamic central control in a female runner.
    • Design a rehabilitation program to lessen and prepare for impact forces as an intervention strategy to simultaneously meet both musculoskeletal performance and pelvic health needs.
    • Come to see themselves as equipped to begin to engage in a pelvic health conversation and treatment strategies even if they aren’t a traditional pelvic health provider.
    • Value pelvic and abdominal health as a component of whole person care.
    • Continue to seek out resources, research, and mentors to help them expand their understanding of female specific care.
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Contact: Shefali Christopher - [email protected]