Think about it, how much education did you receive about working with pregnant and or postpartum women either in school or through your coaching certifications? Did they talk about the pelvic floor? How about specific issues that women face with training?
- British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017
Did you know that the risk of leaking actually goes up during and after pregnancy? How about some of these other common issues pregnant and postpartum women face?
Now, what this means is that you can either be the hero in your athlete's journey or potentially the cause of some pretty serious injuries. Pretty cool you get to decide right?
Now, when I first started working with pregnant women I was pretty freaked out. The last thing you want to do as a coach is to hurt a pregnant woman or her unborn child. It's a challenging situation to be placed in.
A lot of things start running through our minds when we're faced with this situation:
We don't want to look incompetent to our athletes. Women can see right through an uncertain coach. This can breed a lack of trust and potential loss of clients. The last thing we want on the back of our minds is worrying about whether or not we're hurting women. Fortunately for us as coaches we can directly face these fears head on. It just takes a little education and implementation.
Arm yourself with the proper tools to be the hero in your athlete's journey through pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Dan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has coached and competed in CrossFit (TM) for over 5 years. Dan helps athletes achieve peak performance and prevent injuries through his site fitnesspainfree.com.
Dan has been that coach who's been uncomfortable working with pregnant and postpartum women. He's since armed himself with the knowledge and experience to work comfortably and effectively with these women.
Sarah is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Personal Trainer with almost 20 years of experience. Sarah focuses on core and pelvic floor recovery for pregnant and postpartum women through her site coreexercisesolutions.com.
Sarah sees preventable pregnancy and postpartum issues all too often and has devoted her career to helping women and educating professionals on women's health.
Sarah has spent the majority of her career working with pregnant and postpartum women. Unfortunately she regularly sees women who made training mistakes leading to some of the common problems we spoke about earlier.
After seeing this problem happen over and over so many times she basically said, "enough is enough".
She knew she needed to educate the coaches to help prevent some of these problems she was seeing on a regular basis. She knew that a large percentage of these mistakes could have easily been avoided with a little knowledge and application from the coaches they work with.
She contacted Dan because of his experience working both as a physical therapist and coach. Sarah knew more then enough about solutions for the problems pregnant and postpartum women. However, she knew that Dan could provide the practical information needed to have women continue training during and after pregnancy safely.
Together they made this course to help coaches avoid all of the common pitfalls suffered from pregnant and postpartum women in gyms everywhere.
Total Course Lessons
Week Program - From A to Z
Case Studies From 12 Women
Olympic Weightlifting Coaches
"The content is amazing and it is totally covers everything you would need to know and beyond when working with pregnant and postpartum women. This course will DEFINITELY equip our coaches with the right things to help our athletes. "
Anatomy review including diaphragm, core and abdominal canister. Posture review and posture assessments in pregnant and postpartum women.
Pregnancy exercise considerations, practical application, demonstrations and troubleshooting tips.
Diaphragm function and breathing exercises
The postpartum athlete and exercise phases
Pelvic Floor understanding and integration
Pelvic floor case studies, tests and specific exercises
Understanding and checking for diastasis and exercises for improvement
Pregnancy and postpartum exercise principles, technique and modifications. Breathing assessment case studies
Caitlin Steel, Rachel Connor, Becca Chilczenkowski and Tamra Wroblesky
"As a CrossFit Coach and new Physical Therapy graduate this course provided me with the knowledge about a population I hadn't learned about in regards to coaching. It really added to my foundation of knowledge and I look forward to using it as a resource in the future."
"As CrossFit affiliate owners (CrossFit Hershey and YorkFit), my husband and I are always looking for ways to set ourselves apart from other fitness centers. We serve a large population of postpartum women and have trained over 25 women through their pregnancies. Through this Pregnancy and Postpartum Coaching Course, I'll be able to dive into issues during pregnancy and help our moms with specific lifting strategies even more.
Sarah doesn't just relay information but challenges us to think and process information in a reflective manner, apply it ourselves and to ask more questions. Her style of teaching makes the content so much easier to understand and remember. "
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Sarah’s course is directed toward physical therapists, personal training, pilates and yoga instructors with more of a broad view of understanding the pregnant and postpartum client. This course with Dr. Dan dives deeper into specific lifts targeted more toward strength coaches specifically.
Dr. Dan and Dr. Sarah think it’s important to be able to review material as needed. So, you’ll retain access to the course for the lifetime of the course.
You’ll need to complete the course within one calendar year of your start date to gain CEU credit.
Yes, the course is 100% online and you’ll need internet access to access the material.
The course is streaming, like Netflix.