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Infographic. Guidance for medical, health and fitness professionals to support women in returning to running postnatally
  1. Grainne Marie Donnelly1,2,
  2. Alan Rankin3,
  3. Hayley Mills4,
  4. Marlize DE VIVO4,
  5. Thomas SH Goom5,
  6. Emma Brockwell6
  1. 1 Physiotherapy, South West Acute Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Fermanagh, N Ireland, UK
  2. 2 Private Practice, ABSOLUTE.PHYSIO, Maguiresbridge, N Ireland, UK
  3. 3 Sports Medicine, Sport Ireland Institute, Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4 School of Human and Life Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, UK
  5. 5 Private Practice, The Physio Rooms, Falmer, East Sussex, UK
  6. 6 Private Practice, Halos Clinic, Oxted, Surrey, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Grainne Marie Donnelly, Physiotherapy, South West Acute Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Fermanagh, N Ireland, UK; grainne{at}

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Running is an increasingly popular form of physical activity with many women now continuing to run throughout their pregnancies.1 Consequently, many women may want to return to running or take this up as part of an active lifestyle following childbirth. Profound physical and physiological changes accompany pregnancy,2 and subsequent tissue healing following childbirth is understood to take 4–6 months.3 These healing timescales should be considered to support a successful return to running postnatally. Running involves sudden rises in intra-abdominal pressure4 and considerable force transmission through the lower limbs and pelvis with potential contre coup effects within the uterus.1 Undertaking running too soon could be considered to increase the risk of pelvic floor …

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