It has very little to do with skiing (like nothing), but a lot to do with women’s health.
Think of it as the first (and possibly only) Brave Ski Mom public service announcement.
(And then plan to come back next Wednesday for a high-adrenaline post on downhill biking and beer.)
Study on Pregnancy, Exercise and High-Altitude
If you’re an active mom, this one’s for you.
The University of Colorado and the University of Washington are collaborating on a study to determine the safety of travel and exercise at high altitude during pregnancy.
The results will be used to help physicians understand the impact of altitude during pregnancy so that they may better advise their patients.
If you are physically active and have been pregnant (and if you’re a ski mom, you clearly fit the bill), you are invited to participate by completing a survey.
Living at high altitude, or traveling to high altitude during pregnancy is not required. However, if you are currently pregnant, please wait until your baby is born to take the survey.
The survey is anonymous and will take about 15 minutes to complete. No personal information is required and you can decline to answer any question.
I just did it. It was quick, painless and hopefully, my responses, along with all of yours, will help women with future pregnancies.
Confidence…Stop the Leak
About 18 months ago, my physical therapist, Bryan Whitesides, asked me to share some information with my readers about…sigh…Pelvic Base Training.
I respect Bryan a lot. He’s helped me with several pre-season ski and snowboard workouts and put me back together after numerous falls. So, of course I told him I’d do it. And then, I didn’t.
This is not a subject I really wanted to write about.
Let’s face it, anything to do with the pelvic base or floor, is not glamorous, enticing, or interesting to at least 50% of the population.
But if you’re a mom and your babies were born vaginally, it might be of interest to you.
Bryan, and another physical therapist, Amy Hill, have created a comprehensive exercise program for strengthening the pelvic base and stopping exercise, or stress, induced urinary incontinence. The result is Confidence, a 6 step program designed to help you rebuild muscle and regain the ability to walk, run, ski and sneeze without any hesitation.
I’ve tried it, and will admit, that I only made it through two steps, but I could see the benefit.
However, I have two friends who both had pelvic floor surgery two years ago. They both missed the entire ski season and were on limited activity for months. I wish I’d known about this plan then and shared it with them.
Exercising just a few minutes a day is much easier than going under a knife.
- Get in Shape for Skiing (Alpine Skiing, That Is), September 14, 2010.
- Get in Shape for Telemark and Cross Country Skiing, September 15, 2010.
- Get in Shape for Snowboarding, September 16, 2010.
- Get Ready for Ski Season in 15 Minutes a Day, October 13, 2011.
- Get in Shape for Ski Season, October 24, 2012.
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