The Female Athlete by Antony Lo2019-04-01T12:15:29-04:00

The Female Athlete by Antony Lo


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Course TypeCourse/ Seminar
Date05/25/2019 - 05/26/2019
Instructor NameAntony Lo, PT
CostOPA members: $550 (Login to receive member pricing); Non-members: $790
AddressAmped Sports Lab - 2600 Leitrim Rd.
Ottawa, Ontario K1T 3V3
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DistrictEastern Ontario
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Time: 7:30am-5:30pm

Course open to: MSK/Sports/Ortho/Women’s Health Physiotherapists, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Personal trainers, Coaches and other interested health and fitness professionals.

Max registration is 40

Onsite parking available

Course Description:

High intensity exercise has been popular for decades. However people like Jane Fonda, Les Mills, bootcamps, Obstacle Course Racing and CrossFit have made high intensity exercise very popular among female exercisers. The USA Weightlifting Federation has seen a significant increase in membership largely in part to CrossFit’s use of Olympic Weightlifting in its exercise programming. With such high level physical challenges come concerns about how to manage common women’s health problems such as Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (associated more with pelvic floor weakness) and Pelvic Pain (particularly from pelvic floor overactivity) as well as concerns about exercising during pregnancy, and postpartum issues such as divarication of rectus abdominis, exercising after a Caesarian section, and lifting while breastfeeding.

This course will attempt to address these concerns about high intensity exercise in women, teach participants some of the common loaded movements, how to modify these exercises for different populations, and how to assess, treat and rehabilitate common lower half injuries!

Course Objectives:

  • To provide a chance for health and fitness professionals to think about their thinking, models, biases, and beliefs and then to challenge them!
  • To provide a framework from which you can approach the acquisition of knowledge, assessment and management of Female Athletes
  • To provide a basic understanding of high intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants
  • To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high intensity training athletes more specifically
  • To deal with ante-natal and post natal exercise considerations in high intensity exercise.
  • To provide an overview of common high intensity exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise
  • To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises
  • To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness
  • To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the LPH, sound technique guidelines and appropriate modifications
  • To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations
  • To provide an understanding of the concepts of #tensiontotask, #spreadtheload, #variabilityisking and #BulletproofPFRoutine

Presenter - Antony Lo:

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist – Antony’s blog is at and online education is at and

Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice over 21 years (old enough to see old things come back as new things!). He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 7 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare. He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Sepcific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!

CrossFit Experience: I do CrossFit at CrossFit BodiComplete (Kirrawee, Sydney, Australia). I see many CrossFit athletes including Games Level Athletes like Kara Webb, Talayna Fortunato, Anna Tunnicliffe, Kevin Manuel, Khan Porter, Pip Malone, Brandon Swan, Megan Smith as numerous regionals level athletes including Brendan Clarke, Matt Healy, Vaughn Langtry, Pete Maxwell, John Templeton, Nath Beves, Kylie Lindbeck. I have lectured to Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Students, other health professionals, coaches and athletes in Sydney, Canberra, NSW Central Coast, Perth, Singapore, Canada and USA. I have worked with numerous CrossFit boxes across the USA, Canada, Singapore and Australia including John Welbourn and his team at Power Athlete HQ, CrossFit Football and CrossFit Balboa. 

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