Managing the Female Athlete (BRIDGEWATER, MA)

Managing the Female Athlete (BRIDGEWATER, MA)

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Course description

This course will help to define strategies important in the care of a female athlete, before, during or after injury. We will cover the barriers female athletes face to performance at higher levels, language considerations to help combat those barriers and empower your female athletes. We will present a collaborative novel approach to treatment, coaching and return to competition phases of sport for female athletes after injury. This course will cover load management strategies of the female athlete, appropriate training strategies and coaching cues to facilitate the transition back to sport with the ultimate goal of keeping girls and women engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime.


  1. Participants will demonstrate proficient understanding of why words matter for female athletes recovering from injury and returning to sport

  2. Participants will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with a female athlete through a holistic/biopsychosocial lens

  3. Participants will understand common injuries sustained by female athletes

  4. Participants will conceptualize essential exercises used with female athletes and why to use those exercises

  5. Participants will understand the importance of female involvement in sport from a population health perspective

  6. Participants will develop an improved understanding of the basics of strength and conditioning in working with female athletes

  7. Participants will feel confident coaching and cueing essential exercises for female athletes including front squat, deadlift, kettlebell swings and turkish get-ups.

  8. Participants will have a greater understanding of programming for athletes after injury and how to progressively load so that there is no delay for return to sport for female athletes.



8:15-8:30 - check in

8:30 - 9:00 - Intro Section

9:00 - 10:00 - Defining Female Athlete

10:00 - 10:15 - BREAK

10:15 - 11:00 Injury risk

11:00 - 12:00 Rehab that Kicks Ass

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45 LAB from Rehab that Kicks Ass

1:45 - 2:45 Programming

2:45 - 3:00 break

3:00 - 4:30 LAB - Squats coaching & cueing

4:30 - 5:00 RTS Testing Brief Overview


8:30 - 9am - Intro/Recap of Day 1/Questions - The role of the S&C.

9:00 - 11:00 - Programing Basics, Actue: Chronic Workloads, Heart rate variability (HRV)

11:00 - 11:15 - Break

11:15 - 12:00am - Lab

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45pm Deadlift/Hinge pattern

1:45 - 2:00pm - Coach one another (groups of 2 or 3). What are you fixing and HOW are you coaching?

2:00 - 2:15pm BREAK

2:15pm - 3:00pm Kettlebell Swing

3:00pm - 3:15pm BREAK

3:15pm - 4:30pm LAB - Programing Practice:

So many awesome quotes fired off this weekend at Managing the Female Athlete with Ellie and Allison. They talked about load and how our patients are often able to do way more than we or they give themselves credit for.”
— Attendee
Grateful for the style, attitude of opennness and inclusion that the two of you bring to the table when you present. It made the learning environment this weekend feel exceptionally collaborative and respectful of the varied perspectives in the room.”
— Attendee
Heading to work to use my new skills. Amazing class!
— Attendee
Amazing course, great job!
— Attendee
Great course with some great people!
— Attendee
Thanks for an awesome course! I’m pumped and inspired!
— Attendee