Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 - Welcome to the Athletic Female Module 2 - The Perinatal Athlete

    • Meet the course creators

    • A message from the course creators Gráinne, Emma and Helen

    • Panel discussion - the Athletic Pelvic Floor and why we need to understand it (course creators)

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Chapter 2 - The Pregnant Athlete

    • Hormones of pregnancy with Michelle Lyons

    • Pregnancy and exercise in athletes - with Dr Margie Davenport

    • Hyperemesis Panel Discussion with Dr Ria Clarke and Dr Caitlin Dean

    • Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr Sinéad Dufour

    • Mental Health and Pregnancy with Dr Emma Svanberg

    • Weightlifting during pregnancy and postpartum with Lori Forner

    • Panel discussion on physical activity and exercise in pregnancy with Dr Margie Davenport, Dr Marlize de Vivo, Dr Melanie Hayman and Gráinne Donnelly

    • The Pelvic Floor in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum - how does the research inform us? - with Prof Kari Bø

    • Powering through Pregnancy - A comparative case study with Emma Brockwell

    • Test your Learning

  • 3

    Chapter 3 - The Postpartum Athlete

    • Postnatal Hormones with Michelle Lyons

    • Return to run: Understanding load, impact, progressions & modifications with Celeste Goodson

    • Panel discussion on the Athletic Pelvic Floor with Dr Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon

    • Panel discussion with Professor Kari Bø and Dr Izzy Moore on female specific research and the pelvic floor

    • Screening form, infographic and video to guide pelvic floor muscle training

    • Interview with American Olympic Champion Tianna Madison (personal experience)

    • Return to sport postpartum with Gráinne Donnelly

    • Becoming a Parent with Dr Emma Svanberg

    • Test Your Learning

  • 4

    Chapter 4 - A Whole-Systems Approach to the Perinatal Athlete

    • Breast support for the perinatal athlete with Dr Celeste Coltman and Dr Brooke Brisbine

    • Neuromuscular implications of pregnancy and childbirth on the abdominal wall with Dr Rita Deering

    • Musculoskeletal considerations for the perinatal athlete - Dr Shefali Christopher

    • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis with Gráinne Donnelly

    • Diastasis and the Elite Athlete with Antony Lo

    • TIIPPSS-FC and the Perinatal Athlete with Teresa Waser

    • 'Being a Mother Athlete' - The 'Lived' Perinatal Experience Panel Discussion with Sophia Candappa, Kelly Massey and Emma Brockwell

    • Female Research and Athlete Welfare - making tangible change by Dr Izzy Moore

    • In case you missed The Athletic Female course resources along the way...

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • Before you go....

    • Bonus Webinar 1 - The Management of Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr Helen McElroy


Course Co-founder and Creator

Grainne Donnelly

Gráinne Donnelly is an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, educator and clinical researcher in the field of pelvic health who is from N. Ireland, UK. She is passionate about improving access to knowledge translation and improving the standard and quality of physiotherapy provision. Find out more about Gráinne at

Course co-founder and creator

Helen McElroy

Dr Helen Mc Elroy (PhD) is a specialist sports physiotherapist and owner of Focus Performance and Recovery in the UK. Find out more about Helen at

Course Co-founder and Creator

Emma Brockwell

Emma Brockwell is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist based in London, UK. She is the author of the book "Why did no one tell me" and co-author of the first returning to running postnatal guidelines produced in the UK. Find out more about Emma at

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Laure Duport

Female Athletes deserve to be supported during their entire career, before and after their pregnancy. The Athletic Female, the full Evolution and the Perin...

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Female Athletes deserve to be supported during their entire career, before and after their pregnancy. The Athletic Female, the full Evolution and the Perinatal Athletes, reunite an incredible panel of worldwide speakers. It covers above and beyond everything related to the assessment and management of the Female Athlete. Besides providing evidenced based information, it also proposes a lot of practical tools I was able to use straight to the clinic or on the field. I strongly recommend enrolling in these courses to anyone working closely with Female Athletes.

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