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The Pregnant and Postpartum Athlete is a Course

The Pregnant and Postpartum Athlete

Time limit: 30 days
3.0 credits

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Target Audience: Physical therapists, medical providers, and athletic trainers operating in a clinic or athletic setting who treat obstetric patients.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces physical therapists, medical providers, and athletic trainers to unique aspects of women’s health related to athletic activity during and following pregnancy. Analysis, and synthesis of evidence-based recommendations for designing treatment and fitness training programs for the pregnant and postpartum athlete is a major focus of this course.

Female participation in athletics and exercise has evolved over the last 20 years. The pregnant athlete is a phenomenon only recently existing in the sports medicine world. Since females are now continuing to participate in athletes during and after pregnancy, clinicians need to be prepared to treat these athletes. Clinicians should feel confident guiding an athlete through the pregnancy and postpartum period.

However, there is very little educational resources for athletic trainers and clinicians treating specifically the pregnant or postpartum athlete. This course is relevant for those working in a clinic or athletics setting. This, combined with a lack of experience treating pregnant and postpartum athletes is justification for further continuing education on this topic.

This course qualifies for 3 "Category A" CEUs for ATs

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify the physiological and physical changes throughout the trimesters of pregnancy.
  2. Identify and explain the common pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Identify and summarize the common postpartum complications impacting physical activity and determine appropriate interventions.
  4. Formulate evidence-based, activity-specific recommendations for physical activity during varying stages of pregnancy.
  5. Utilizing peer-reviewed sources, develop criteria and a plan to guide postpartum patients when returning to physical activity.

FACULTY: Hannah Stedge, MS, AT, ATC

 

Hannah Stedge is a certified athletic trainer and instructor of athletic training at Weber State University. At Weber State, Hannah teaches for the programs of Athletic Therapy and Master of Athletic Training. She also serves as laboratory skills coordinator. She previously taught and practiced as an athletic trainer for 6 years at Cedarville University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Cedarville University, master’s degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She has over 12 years of experience as an athletic trainer and 8 years of teaching experience. Her specialty lies in rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries. An enthusiastic and innovative teacher, Hannah has experience in designing a variety of health professions educational courses in face to face, blended, and online formats. Hannah also has experience teaching telerehabilitation services in undergraduate courses. Along with being a wife and mom to four children, in her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and participating in running and triathlon events.