Return to Running Postpartum Webinar

Return to Running Postpartum Webinar

Return to Running Postpartum Webinar

With a growing body of evidence supporting physical activity during pregnancy, returning to physical activity postpartum will vary for each individual depending on the birth and post-birth symptoms. 

Research supports continuing the physical activity performed pre-pregnancy can be maintained during pregnancy as long as there are no contraindicators. Outside of pregnancy, forces exerted in running can place anywhere between 5-12x your weight through the lower body joints depending on speed and form. During pregnancy and as it progresses, weight increases and centre of gravity shifts forward changing load and impacting balance, coordination and proprioception. With changed body shape and weight, comes changes in hormones to support the growth and development of a growing fetus/baby but also increase joint laxity and this preparation for labour and delivery.

These pregnancy changes flow into the ‘4th trimester’ which will also significantly play role in how effectively and efficiently Mum can return to running. Appreciating how a muscle shortens and lengthens usually changes in the 2nd trimester, and the hormone relaxin increases joint instability are focus points when assess and build a return to running program.

Other considerations to assessing and developing a return to running program include:
- Delivery mode
- 6 week medical review
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Sleep
- Nutrition
- Breastfeeding

Once these factors have been assessed, a return to running graded program can be developed based on the individual’s training background. Return to running timeframes can vary and has similar progression and regression stages based on presence of symptoms.
Presented by Noella Green, BSpExSci & GradDipClinExPhys, ESSAM, AES, AEP
Noella has been an AEP and AES since 2008. She has recently retired from playing elite rugby and focused her passion and energy into learning and educating female athletes and sporting organisations about the female athlete considerations to maximise sporting performance. Noella started her female athlete health program in 2019, had her first child in 2021 and returned to an elite rugby training program retiring in 2022.

Noella became part of the AIS Female Performance and Health Initiative Industry Reference Group in 2022. 

Her passion in the female athlete health and wellbeing space has been driven by lack of knowledge and support towards the end of her playing career understanding the impact of hormonal contraceptives on sporting performance, preparing and planning pregnancy, training during pregnancy and postpartum return to sport. 

Noella is also a Level 2 Rugby Coach assisting deliver programs with International Rugby Association Australia and NSW Rugby.


Wednesday, 22 March 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT
Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 
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 ACT:         12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NSW:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NT:   10:30am - 12:00pm
 QLD:   11:00am - 12:30pm
 SA:   11:30am - 1:00pm
 TAS:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 VIC:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 WA:   9:00am - 10:30am 
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