Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14
This course is an online option while we stay safe during the COVID19 outbreak. It will be held via Zoom meeting, which is free to download, and will combine prerecorded lecture with live, interactive course time that takes place via online meeting.
This two-day course, developed by an instructor with extensive experience working with professional athletes, will cover an evidence-based, immediately-applicable skills related to pelvic floor rehabilitation for the athlete, covering treatment philosophies for the pelvis and pelvic floor and global considerations of how these structures contribute to human movement. Topics covered will include urinary incontinence, as well as the intricacies of athletic movement and how energy transference throughout the kinetic chain is crucial to rehabilitation approach, injury prevention and high performance. This course will also cover biomechanics behind human movement of the lumbopelvic-hip complex so the participant will be able to prescribe effective and innovative therapeutic exercise programs. The connection of how pelvic rehab influences LE pathologies such as ACL, PFP and chronic ankle instability will be covered. Although this class has a focus on athletes, these concepts of biomechanics and movement patterning are applicable to all patients in the clinic
Participants in this course will be sent several prerecorded lectuers to view before the course, and the interactive Zoom meeting will focus on exercise videos and follow-along exercises led by the instructor, followed by question and answer after each exercise is instructed. Participants will want adequate space to perform exercises while following along on the screen.
This course has been designed to bridge the gap between the sports/orthopedic clinician (certified athletic trainers included) and the experienced pelvic health practitioner and is designed to provide both demographics a challenging and engaging learning experience with a the goal of expanding the general sports and ortho clinician’s understanding of the pelvic floor, as well as challenging the advanced pelvic health therapist to expand their treatments to encompass three-dimensional movements and offering them an arsenal of therapeutic exercises beyond simple local type exercises. Following the course, clinicians who choose not to pursue an advanced clinical skill set of a pelvic health therapist will have a more confident understanding of when a referral to a pelvic health clinician is appropriate. Both groups will leave this course with additional tools for their clinical tool box related to manual therapy and exercise.
This remote course will include exercises led by the instructor on a Zoom meeting. In order to fully follow along, participants will need to make an exercise system which consists of: an 8-foot yoga strap with a D-ring on the end, and 8-feet of theratubing (red, blue or green will work, choose a challenging color that will not be too challenging for two days of exercise). Participants will need to anchor their bands to something that won’t move, like a door jam. Theraband may work as a substitute, but theratubing is recommended. In addition, participants will need: a yoga block and a small step or box to use for a step up exercise, and a couch cushion or something that will work like an Airex pad on which to kneel. If possible, exercising in front of a mirror in addition to the computer screen will be helpful.
Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand how the pelvic floor integrates into human movement, particularly during higher-level activities such as running, lifting and all types of sporting movements
2. Appreciate the unique biomechanical interactions that occur between the lumbosacral spine, the pelvis, pelvic floor and the hip complex.
3. Utilize an evidence-based approach to correctly identify SI joint pain and distinguish it from lumbar or hip dysfunction.
4. Practice brand new evidence-based approaches for evaluating the hip in a comprehensive three-dimensional method specific to the athletic population.
5. Provide non-internal manual therapy techniques to influence the performance of the pelvic floor focusing on both the experienced clinician and pelvic floor early learners.
6. Utilize a comprehensive paradigm of exercise theory, development, implementation and progressions for a variety of pathologies, such as; pelvic and pelvic floor dysfunction, femoroacetabular syndrome and a host of soft tissue injuries such as groin strains and proximal hamstring strains.
7. Provide strategies for clinicians to determine when your patient would be better served with a referral to a pelvic health practitioner and what the current evidence is to support your decision.
8. Create innovative and engaging therapeutic exercise programs (home exercise programs too!) for your patients directed at the pelvis with specific attention to upright and functional positioning.
Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/
We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses
Dr. Steven Dischiavi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University. He is also the Director of Rehabilitation for the Department of Athletics at HPU. Dr. Dischiavi brings over 20 years of experience in sports medicine to Herman & Wallace, including 10 years with a professional sports team. Dr. Dischiavi served as the team physical therapist and certified assistant athletic trainer for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League from 2004 to 2014, where he gained a specialized treatment approach for the hip and pelvis, which is very applicable to the pelvic health practitioner. His sports medicine approach to the pelvic floor and hip, combined with the innovative therapeutic exercises that target a global neuromotor movement pattern, will be something the pelvic health practitioner can immediately adopt into their clinical practice. Dr. Dischiavi’s methods, although originally developed and designed in a sports medicine model, he takes tremendous pride helping pelvic health clinicians apply these methods across the life spans of our patients and clients.
He holds a relatively rare combination of credentials as a licensed physical therapist and a certified athletic trainer giving him a unique appreciation of the athlete. He also holds a manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute. He is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS).
Dr. Dischiavi is a faculty member at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. He has developed his own course that he presents nationally titled Biomechanical Assessment & Treatment of the Hip and Pelvis.
Dr. Dischiavi is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Ulster in Ireland under the direction of Dr. Chris Bleakley. His current research focus is on optimizing therapeutic exercises for the hip and pelvis to prevent lower extremity injuries and enhance physical performance.
Dr. Dischiavi attended Slippery Rock University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He earned a Master of Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.