Start date
01 June, 2019
End date
02 June, 2019

This course will help to define strategies important in the care of a female athlete, before, during or after injury. We will cover the barriers female athletes face to performance at higher levels, language considerations to help combat those barriers and empower your female athletes. We will present a collaborative novel approach to treatment, coaching and return to competition phases of sport for female athletes after injury. This course will cover load management strategies of the female athlete, appropriate training strategies and coaching cues to facilitate the transition back to sport with the ultimate goal of keeping girls and women engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime.


OUTCOMES (At the end of the presentation, participants will):

  1. Participants will demonstrate proficient understanding of why words matter for female athletes recovering from injury and returning to sport
  2. Participants will demonstrate an ability to effectively evaluate a female athlete through a holistic/biopsychosocial lens
  3. Participants will understand common injuries sustained by female athletes
  4. Participants will conceptualize essential exercises used with female athletes and why to use those exercises
  5. Participants will understand the importance of female involvement in sport from a population health perspective
  6. Participants will develop an improved understanding of the basics of strength and conditioning in working with female athletes
  7. Participants will feel confident coaching and cueing essential exercises for female athletes including front squat, deadlift, kettlebell swings and Turkish get-ups.
  8. Participants will have a greater understanding of programming for athletes after injury and how to progressively load so that there is no delay for return to sport for female athletes.


TIME ORDERED AGENDA: (Please allow for two 15-minute breaks and a lunch period)


Day 1:

8:45 – 9:00 : Intro to Ellie/Defining a female athlete

9:00 – 10:00 : Injury risk through a population health lens

10:00 – 10:15 : Break

10:15 – 11:15 : The use of language with women & girls

11:15 – 12:00 : Lab

12:00 – 1:00 : Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 : Motivational Interviewing

1:45 – 2:45 : Programming after injury

2:45 – 3:00 : Break

3:00 – 4:30 : Lab – Front Squat coaching & cueing

4:30 – 5:00 : Return to sport testing

Day 2:

8:45 – 9:00 : Intro to Allison/Review of day 1

9:00 – 10:30 : Return to Competition and workload considerations

10:30 – 10:45 : Break

10:45 – 12:00 : Lab – deadlift coaching & cueing

12:00 – 1:00 : Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 : Lab – Kettlebell swings coaching & cueing

2:00 – 3:30 : Lab – Turkish get-up coaching & cueing

3:30 – 3:45 : Break

3:45 – 4:30 : Programming

4:30 – 5:00 : Q & A


About the instructors


Ellie Somers DPT


Dr. Ellie Somers is the owner of Sisu Sports Performance & PT in Seattle, WA, a physical therapy and performance coaching business dedicated to serving women, with a particular focus on athletes.

She has worked as a physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic and sports setting for over 10 years and has been actively involved in improving the care provided to athletes following sporting injuries. This included providing literature review updates for return to sport testing protocols for many years and contributing to research in concussion as a research physical therapist.

She has taught continuing education courses on return to play, low back pain in athletes and lower extremity injuries in youth sports, for organizations like Seattle Children’s Hospital and PTWA. Ellie is also an active contributor to the blog for Girls Gone Strong and has been a speaker at the Women in Physical Therapy Summit.

Prior to working as a physical therapist, Ellie suffered an ACL tear while a division I soccer player for Saint Louis University. It was this catalyst that pushed her into the profession to seek better ways of helping these athletes return to sport after injury.

She hopes to empower her athletes to be strong against the odds, defying gender limitations and biases, to link their passions with their autonomy and foster fearlessness to reach their full potential. To discover resilience in the healing process and power in movement. To be strong for life.


Allison Tenney


Allison is the owner of Allison Tenney Fitness, LLC an online training business dedicated to helping women build strength, confidence, and the courage to step into their personal power. She is the Former Assistant Soccer Coach and High Performance Manager for Seattle University Women’s Soccer team (2009 – 2018).

She holds a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), USA Weightlifting certification, along with FMS, SFG, and RKC Kettlebell certifications. While coaching women’s soccer, she was in charge of all player fitness, strength and conditioning, and player data tracking. She implemented the Catapult GPS program that measures player movement in training and matches, as well as the OmegaWave technology that tests players’ heart rate variability and state of readiness before and after participation.

Her expertise in player tracking and physical loading helped to lead the Seattle University Women’s Soccer team to multiple WAC Conference Championships, 4 Division I NCAA appearances, and a second round NCAA appearance in 2014.

Prior to joining the Seattle University women’s soccer staff, she was an Assistant Coach at Cornell University from 2007 – 2009.

Allison is a former Division I soccer player who was a Two-Time Captain, All-Conference, and All-Region player at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). After graduating, she played with the Washington Freedom and the Seattle Sounders.

Event Cost
$425 early registration, $450 standard
In person

West Coast College of Massage Therapy – Victoria
818 Broughton St.
Victoria BC

Posting expiry date
This course is not provided through PABC. If you have any questions, please contact the private organizer.