The Female Athlete – Focus on Core and Pelvic Floor in Salt Lake City, UT

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Pelvic Guru Faculty: Antony Lo The Physio Detective Sydney, Australia Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Master in Manual Therapy (UWA) B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd)


High intensity has been popular for decades. However people like Jane Fonda, Les Mills and fitness classes and events like bootcamps, obstacle course racing, and CrossFit have made high-intensity exercise popular for females. The USA Weightlifting Federation has seen a significant increase in membership largely in part to CrossFit’s use of Olympic Weightlifting in its exercise programming. With such high level physical challenges come concerns about how to manage common women’s health problems such as Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (associated more with pelvic floor weakness), and Pelvic Pain (particularly from pelvic floor overactivity) as well as concerns about exercising during pregnancy, and postpartum issues such as divarication of rectus abdominis, exercising after a Caesarian section, and lifting while breastfeeding.

This course will attempt to address these concerns about high-intensity exercise in women, teach participants some of the common loaded movements, how to modify these exercises for different populations, and how to assess, treat and rehabilitate common lower half injuries.


Two-day live course: (7:30-5:30 Day 1 and 7:30-5:30 Day 2).


This course includes both lecture and lab components.


An application for PT CEUs have been approved in Utah. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

  • To provide a basic understanding of high-intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants
  • To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess, and treat high-intensity training athletes more specifically
  • To deal with ante-natal and postnatal exercise considerations in high intensity exercise
  • To provide an overview of common high-intensity exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise
  • To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises
  • To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness
  • To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the LPH, sound technique guidelines and appropriate modifications
  • To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations

Antony Lo The Physio Detective Sydney, Australia Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Master in Manual Therapy (UWA) B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd). 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 nearly 20 years (old enough to see old things come back as new things!). He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and has completed his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 5 years 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. Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!

This course is for physical therapists and healthcare professionals looking for more information and practical knowledge on how to treat female athletes.

Day 1

0730hrs Registration and Sign-in

0800hrs (1:00hrs) – Introduction to the lumbopelvic-hip complex and HIIT exercise including CrossFit

0900hrs (0:30hrs) – Workshop 1 and Break – understanding the difference between steady state exercise vs HIIT

0930hrs (2:00hrs) – Understanding and assessing optimal function and pain including:

  • Test-retest • Inefficient Load Transfer vs Efficient Load Transfer • Pain provocation testing • Functional testing • Cueing

1130hrs – Lunch 1230hrs (1:00hr) – Workshop 2 – Assessment and testing of limbo-pelvic-hip function

1330hrs (2:00hrs) – Brief overview of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and exercise – SUI, POP, PP

1530hrs (0:15hrs) – Break

1545hrs (1:30hrs) – Workshop 3 – Posture and Position (Cueing and preparation for movement)

1715hrs (0:15hrs) – Questions and conclusions Day 1

1730hrs – End Day 1

Day 2

0730hrs (1:00hr) – Common MSK lumbopelvic hip complex problems (excluding pelvic floor)

0830hrs (0:30hrs) – Discussion on IAP, impact exercise and PFD • #tensiontotask • #spreadtheload • principles for ALL exercises

0900hrs (0:15hrs) – Discussion about DRA and sit ups / abdominal exercises

0915hrs (0:15hrs) – Break 0930hrs (2:00hrs) – Workshop 4 – Common Bodyweight Exercises

  • Warm up • sit ups/crunches/variations • planks, push ups, burpees • side planks/captain Morgans • lunge • step up • squat • Skipping, box jumps, running

1130hrs – Lunch

1230hrs (2:00hrs) – Workshop 5 – Loaded exercises

  • Warm up • Squat • Lunge • Step Up and Deadlift

1430hrs (0:15hrs) – Break

1445hrs (0:30hrs) – Discussion on ante natal and post natal exercise considerations

1515hrs (0:30hrs) – Manual therapy options for PGP

1545hrs (0:30hrs) – Using CrossFit for Persistent Pain Management

1615hrs (1:00hr) – Workshop 6 – Putting it all together

1715hrs (0:15hrs) – Final questions and conclusions

1730hrs – End Day 2

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are honored up to 30 days before the course and may be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Within 30 days before the course, refunds will not be provided.  

If the course does not reach a minimum number of students up to 30 days before the course, the course may be canceled, and a full refund will be provided.

Will I get CEUs or a certificate?

Pelvic Guru Academy applies for PT/PTA CEU credits for each course we host in the state where the course is taking place. We will make a note at the top of the course registration page once CEUs have been approved for each course. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

What should I wear and how will labs run for Female Athlete courses?

It is suggested that you wear clothing you can exercise in; tight clothing like shorts and a tight singlet or sports crop top will help for observation during practicals. While all the practical components are optional, the beauty of the method Antony teaches is that everything is scalable meaning all the exercises can be adjusted to suit your level of fitness and accommodate any physical restrictions you have to exercise.

If you have additional questions, please contact for more information.


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Super Early Bird$527.00Available until 3/31/18! Please be sure to provide contact information for each attendee if purchasing multiple tickets.

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