Published research is important for developing our understanding of pelvic health and improving our rehabilitation approaches. Gráinne is passionate about helping to develop and disseminate high quality research.

Returning to Running Postnatal Guidelines

Awareness and understanding for the importance of optimal postnatal recovery in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal pain, stress urinary incontinence, and abdominal separation is increasing.

This proposed guideline for medical, health and fitness professionals managing this population is available to download for FREE.

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Beyond the Musculoskeletal System: Considering Whole-Systems Readiness for Running Postpartum

Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: January/March 2022 – Volume 46 – Issue 1 – p 48-56
(Gráinne M Donnelly, Emma Brockwell, Alan Rankin, Isabel S Moore)

Reframing return-to-sport postpartum: the 6 Rs framework (downloadable infographic)

Infographic overview of our editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine 2021 e-print online. See full publication here.


Reframing return-to-sport postpartum: the 6Rs Framework

British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2021 e-print online first.

Reframing return-to-sport postpartum: the 6Rs Framework

(Gráinne M Donnelly, Isabel S Moore, Emma Brockwell, Alan Rankin, Rosalyn Cooke)

Returning to Exercise Postpartum


Patient Handbook

All you need to know to guide and optimise your recovery and successful return to exercise after having a baby

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Self-reported symptoms in women with diastasis rectus abdominis: A systematic review – PubMed

Diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) diagnosis via clinical examination is well defined, however, the assessment of symptoms has been less investigated. Currently, there is also scant knowledge on the consequences of DRA.

The aim of this review is to identify the relevant self-reported variables in the study of DRA in women.

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Multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial factors contributing to return to running and running related stress urinary incontinence in postpartum women

The objective of this research is to examine contributory factors behind postpartum return-to-running and return to pre-pregnancy running level, in addition to risk factors for postpartum running-related stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

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Infographic. Guidance for medical, health and fitness professionals to support women in returning to running postnatally

Running is an increasingly popular form of physical activity with many women now continuing to run throughout their pregnancies. Consequently, many women may want to return to running or take this up as part of an active lifestyle following childbirth.

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Multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial factors contributing to return to running and running related stress urinary incontinence in postpartum women

Little is known about how to rehabilitate women following childbirth and what factors influence return to running and running-related urinary incontinence. So, we decided to explore this in our recent study

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Examples of Excercise Progression in the Postnatal Runner

Return to running is not advisable prior to 3 months postnatal or beyond this if any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are identified prior to, or after attempting, return to running.

Download our quick reference guide of low impact excercise progression that we recommend for postnatal runners to get you back doing the sport you love.

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis – Factors to Consider


Gain key insights into the whole systems impact of diastasis rectus abdominis.
This illustrative video takes you through the following factors in the management of diastasis rectus abdominis:

Person, Posture, Patterns, Respiration, Ribcage, Load and Defect

Find out what they mean…

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis – Patient Handbook


Been told you have diastasis rectus abdominis/diastasis recti/diastasis/abdominal separation?
Not sure but think you may have it?
Unsure what to do about it?
Do you notice bulging and doming at your midline tummy during certain movements?

Fear not! This e-book will provide you with the most up to date information in how to manage diastasis.

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