LIVE from the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Shannon Sepulveda guest hosts and interviews Julie Wiebe on pelvic health and the female athlete. Julie Wiebe, PT has over 20 years of experience in both Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health. Her passion is to return women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy and equip pros to do the same. She advocates for the awareness of pelvic health issues in fitness and promotes innovative solutions for women through her blog, videos and social media. She shares her evidence-based, integrative approach internationally with both professionals and women through live and online educational programs. Find out more and connect with Julie at or via social media Twitter/FB/IG JulieWiebePT.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How to support pelvic floor health for return to sport in the female athlete

-Linking orthopedic and women’s health physical therapy

-When to refer your athletes to a pelvic health physical therapist

-Educating coaches on incontinence in the adolescent female athlete

-And so much more!


Pelvic health is a component of an athlete’s sport performance as Julie encourages, “Start to think about the pelvic floor as more than just something we can strengthen, it’s something we can control and have it perform.”


The pelvic floor has an important role in the body’s proximal control and stability system. Julie stresses, “There is really no separation in the body, the pelvis and the pelvic floor are part of everything.”


Orthopedic physical therapists can include pelvic floor rehabilitation in their return to sport protocols as Julie reminds, “If we understand the pelvic floor and the pelvic floor complex as a muscle group, just treat it like any other muscle group and talk about it that way.”


For more information on Julie:

Julie Wiebe, PT has over twenty years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. Following her passion to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and return to high levels of fitness, she has pioneered an integrative approach to promote women’s health in and through fitness.

Her Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations. Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education courses and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, professional organizations, state and national professional conferences.

Julie maintains a cash-based clinical practice in Los Angeles and shares her approach to bridge the gap between rehab and fitness with pros and women worldwide through online courses and mentoring.

A published author, she advocates for awareness of pelvic health in fitness on her blog and through social media (Twitter/FB/IG-JulieWiebePT)

When not trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, Julie is happy to focus on her first passions: being mom to the Z’s (Zoe and Zack), and wife to David.


For more information on Shannon:

Shannon Sepulveda, DPT, M.Ed., CSCS, WCS is the owner and Physical Therapist at Shannon Sepulveda, DPT, PLLC. She is an Orthopedic and Women’s Health Physical Therapist and is currently the only Board-Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist (WCS) in Montana. Shannon received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, Masters in Education from Harvard University (M.Ed.) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Montana. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has been a practicing Physical Therapist in Bozeman, Montana for over 6 years. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, skiing, hunting and spending time with her husband, son and daughter.


Resources discussed on this show:

Julie Wiebe Website

Julie Wiebe Facebook

Julie Wiebe Instagram

Julie Wiebe Twitter

Shannon Sepulveda Website

Shannon Sepulveda Facebook


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