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  • Explore the use of different modalities for postnatal clients returning to running for overall conditioning including the gymstick.
  • Understand how the specific physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy impact the abdominal wall, the pelvis and the pelvic floor and how this applies to postnatal recovery for clients for core stability and training
  • Understand that different clients require different rates of progression following pregnancy and childbirth as they return to fitness and running for overall conditioning
  • Learn how to assess the postnatal clients abdominal muscle wall, pelvis stability, and core control for core stability and training
  • Learn how to take the assessment results and use them to design an appropriate level fitness program for your postnatal client for core stability and overall conditioning
  • Explore progressions of training with client case examples, processing how to modify training to match the client’s level of core control and pelvic floor fitness for overall conditioning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be aware how to discuss postnatal recovery and develop an early plan in the later stages of pregnancy for your clients who are planning to return to running postnatally
  • Be able to test their client’s pelvic stability when building levels of training and increasing load postnatally
  • Be able to teach clients how to increase the depth of their core recruitment and to build endurance before building up the level, increasing load and adding resistance
  • Be able to use a number of training modalities to enhance a postnatal client’s return to fitness and training as they rebuild to their desired level of running
  • Be able to test their clients base core fitness level and then progress abdominal exercises at a level that matches their current level of core control  
  • Know how to screen for abdominal muscle separation, when to refer and when to modify abdominal muscle exercises to enhance postnatal recovery
  • Be able to advise their clients on how to test their pelvic floor at different stages of postnatal progressions as they return to running at their chosen level
  • Be aware of the physical problems which can occur for some postnatal clients that may impact their speed of recovery when they return to running
  • Be aware of the warning signs of physical symptoms that can occur with each step up of level of training for postnatal clients
  • Know how to protect the pelvic floor from potential strain when progressing exercises and building load for the postnatal client
  • Know when to refer to a Women’s, Men’s, and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist or other allied health or medical professional
  • Be aware of strategies to assist building relationships with allied health and medical professionals
  • Be aware of other resources which may be of benefit to postnatal clients who are returning to running.
Accreditation Fitness Australia – 5 CECs* / REPs NZ – 5 CPDs (*valid until 30/09/2021)
In order to obtain Fitness Australia CECs, this course must be completed by 30/09/2021
Investment $109 members / $139 non-members
Delivery Mode Online
Prerequisite/s Personal Trainer
Approx. Duration 5 hours
Assessment Online multiple choice
Access Period You have 12 months from the date of purchase to complete this course. A $50 extension fee will be required if you do not complete your course within the allocated time frame. If you wish to obtain the CECs/PDPs/CPDs, you will need to complete the course by the CEC expiry date listed above. 

Course Creator
Dianne Edmonds is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience with pregnancy, postnatal and pelvic floor education, treatment and fitness programs. Dianne was the lead physiotherapist and project officer for the Pelvic Floor First project campaign, run by the Continence Foundation of Australia and is a Pelvic Floor First Ambassador. Dianne is the Director and founder of The Pregnancy Centre, and completed her Elite Personal Training course in 2013 via Network.

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