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Key Highlights For the first time, USA Weightlifting is actively getting involved in educating their coaches and lifters about pelvic health. On Thursday, December 6, Tamra Wroblesky gave an hour and a half interactive seminar to coaches and lifters about pelvic health, pressure regulation, hip and thoracic mobility, bowel and bladder regulation, all to improve performance under the bar. This will be an uphill battle as there is poor awareness and education about pelvic health. They have hired Tamra for their 2 international female camps (Barbados and Ohio) in 2019 due to the popularity of the first camp in Las Vegas last year. Check out Tamra's original Team USA article, Supercharge Your Pelvis, which has gained momentum in the weightlifting community and her latest report below!
On August 9th, I gave my "Supercharge Your Pelvis" talk to the inaugural All Women's Weightlifting Camp in Las Vegas. I was invited by USA Weightlifting to come and speak about pelvic health and physical therapy targeted towards female weightlifters. This opportunity came about due to my close workings with a female weightlifting patient for the past 3 years who my business sponsored to go to University Nationals in 2017 where she won 6 gold medals. Through her, I met her Mike McKenna, her weightlifting coach based out of York, PA. I began traveling there on weekends to give my pelvic health seminars and do individual assessments. I noticed how much my knowledge could help both men and women, not just with pelvic pain and incontinence, but with low back, hip, groin, knee, and leg pain. We also worked on proper hip and thoracic mobility programs for the weightlifter, nervous system warm-ups, and proper muscle activation during the squat, clean and jerk, and the snatch.
There can be a sense of mystery behind pelvic physical therapy, not only from the point of view of the patient, but from professional colleagues in the medical community. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that pelvic Physical Therapists (PT) are often tucked away in physical therapy clinics behind a closed door. But let’s be honest; most of the mystery comes down to the internal (vaginal or rectal) muscle examination as a potential component of examination and treatment. That said, simplifying pelvic physical therapy down to an internal assessment or a vagina therapist is akin to saying the late Stephen Hawkings studied donut holes. There is so much more to pelvic PT and the conditions we treat.