A Supervised Pelvic Floor Training Program Has Minimal Effect on the Prevalence of Postpartum Diastasis Recti Abdominis: A Critically Appraised Paper

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Hannah L. Stedge MS, LAT, ATC * , 1 and Jennifer M. Medina McKeon PhD, ATC, CSCS * , 2
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  • 1 Weber State University
  • 2 Ithaca College
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Focused Clinical Question: For postpartum primiparous women, will a 16-week, supervised, targeted pelvic floor muscle training program result in a reduced prevalence of diastasis recti abdominis versus education only at discharge? Clinical Bottom Line: We can neither recommend nor caution against a targeted pelvic floor muscle training program to reduce the prevalence of postpartum diastasis recti abdominis.

Stedge is with Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA. Medina McKeon is with Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Stedge (hannahstedge@weber.edu) is corresponding author.
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