BYB PF and Core – Part 1 – Module 1 – Introduction

The introduction to this course. This unit sets the scene as to why it is important to understand these problems and what exercises can make things worse.


To start this course of, you will begin by gaining an overview of the issues facing women in exercise and how it can affect their pelvic floor.

This course will focus primarily on 3 types of problems

  1. Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
  2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
  3. Pelvic Pain (PP)

As health and fitness professionals, exercise prescription is part of our every day work. However, there are consequences based on the type of exercise we choose and how we choose to teach the exercise. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to help your client get stronger, fitter, lose weight or simply get moving off the couch. This course is about helping you understand some of those issues that you need to know and how to implement a safe way of helping women lift and how to TEST whether you are on the right track.

This unit aims to help you understand where these problems fit inside the overall scheme of health and why every woman and man, every coach, personal trainer and health professional needs to know how to deal with females and exercise.

Learning Objectives

  • To gain a basic understanding of how prevalent these problems are for women during exercise and in life
  • To gain a basic understanding of which types of exercises cause the biggest problems

Slide Numbers

1 – 5

Video Content


BYB PF and Core – Module 1 – Introduction – Handbrake.mp4 from The Physio Detective – My PT Ed on Vimeo.

Review Questions

  • What are the 3 main problems we will be looking at in this course?
  • How many women are affected for each one?
  • What are the exercises that cause the most problems for women with incontinence?

Extra Study

  • Have a read of some of resources out there from the Continence Foundation of Australia and Pelvic Floor First (please note that I DISAGREE with what they consider “pelvic floor safe exercises” for a number of different reasons which we won’t go into here. Feel free to discuss this on the forum. However, the statistics and theoretical information is useful)
  • Search PubMed for journal articles on the prevalence or incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction in exercise. Discuss this on the forum
  • Ask your family, friends and clients about whether they have any of the problems introduced in this unit

Time Frame

10mins learning content + 10+mins review and further study time = 20mins

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