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Catherine Cram

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Catherine Cram, MS, is an exercise physiologist and the owner of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC. Comprehensive Fitness Consulting provides evidence-based maternal fitness information and continuing education course training to health and fitness professionals.

Catherine developed the continuing education certificate course "Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design" (Human Kinetics, 2016) with Gwen Hyatt. She coauthored the 2012 revised edition of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy with Dr. James Clapp (Addicus) and was a contributing author for the text Women's Health Care in Physical Therapy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010).

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The Postpartum Athlete: Guidelines for Returning to Sport

Presented by Catherine Cram, MS

The Postpartum Athlete: Guidelines for Returning to Sport

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

The lack of evidence-based, established guidelines for postpartum athletes who wish to return to training has created a gap in information available for this population and those who provide health and fitness guidance to them. This course provides a return-to-training template for health and fitness professionals who work with high-level athletes during their postpartum recovery and incorporates current research and recommendations from experts in the field of postpartum fitness.

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the specific needs of the postpartum athlete.

Key points include:

o Identifying the "fourth trimester" needs and support actions and the physiological, physical, and psychological issues that impact postpartum recovery and return to exercise
o Highlighting the need for establishing a team for managing all aspects of recovery or treatment needs
o Guidelines for assessing readiness for return to training postpartum
o Effective exercise loading and progression
o Monitoring training progression response
o Guidelines for assessing relative energy deficiency in sport and heart rate variability

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Current Guidelines for Prenatal Fitness

Presented by Catherine Cram, MS

Current Guidelines for Prenatal Fitness

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This course will provide students with a detailed overview of current prenatal fitness guidelines, warning signs and symptoms, and exercise modification techniques. Research findings on the effects of exercise on maternal and fetal health will be examined, and the impact of fitness training on the physiological changes of pregnancy will be discussed. Guidelines for modifying exercise intensity, duration, frequency, and type throughout pregnancy for comfort and safety will be provided. Strength, flexibility, and proper lifting guidelines will be reviewed. The information provided in this course will allow health care professionals to provide evidence-based prenatal fitness guidelines and exercise training information to their clients, as well as aid them in creating a safe and effective fitness program in a class setting.

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Postpartum Fitness Program Design

Presented by Catherine Cram, MS

Postpartum Fitness Program Design

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This course provides current guidelines for exercise during the postpartum period, warning signs and symptoms, and recommendations for when it is safe to start exercising after delivery. The four components of exercise intensity, duration, frequency, and type are discussed, and techniques for assisting postpartum women with common conditions that may affect exercise tolerance are demonstrated. This course is appropriate for health care professionals who work with postpartum women in a clinic or class setting.

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