Sport and Perineum Congress

Anne-Claire participated, as part of her dissertation, in a conference, she presents us her return.

Definition, challenges and phases of the project

How innovativein the field of rehabilitation is the participation in this congress?

Today, very few physiotherapy students have the material and financial opportunity to attend physiotherapy conferences. It is indeed necessary to organize the transport to the congress venue (which in the case of the Sport et Périnée congress of the Institut de Gasquet®, could be difficult for students outside of Paris region), book the time for this convention (which takes place over a period normally dedicated to initial training), and finally get the money to attend it.

However, I think it is important to learn outside the walls of the school, to be able to face the point of view of other health professionals, and to deepen our initial training in areas that are sometimes difficult to deal with.

What were the different phases of the project, its cost and the efficiency of the steps taken to carry out this project?

It was within the school itself that I first heard about the congress. I then inquired by going directly to the website of the institute Gasquet®, and also spoke to my supervisor. I was able to gather his opinion on the quality of the congresses offered by this institute, the information that is provided and, of course, the interest that I would have to attend. Then I had to contact the head of congresses and training institute, to get a reduced rate thanks to my student status, and finally to refer to the General Manager of my initial training institute. I was thus registered on the list of participants to the congress, on which I had to emarge for the 4 half days of required attendance.

Of course, I had to inform the head of the school secretariat, to inform them of the progress of the project, and the necessary absence in some initial training courses.

Practice: concretizing an innovative project

So I went to the Sport and Périnée congress organized by the Gasquet® Institute in partnership with INSEP and the French Gym Federation, organized on September 27th and 28th, 2018 at 92bis Boulevard Montparnasse, 75014 Paris (a few steps away from the Gasquet Institute itself). The first day started at 9:00 am and ended at 6:45 pm, an unplanned intervention being added to the program.

The second day also began at 9:00 am and ended at 5:30 pm (again, an unplanned intervention was added). I was greeted at the convention in the same way as the masseurs-physiotherapists, midwives and sports educators I met on these two days. The training was also open to doctors, but I did not have the opportunity to meet them.

I was able to follow the whole congress, and also took part in the practical workshops that I chose during my registration: “sheathing” and “perineum and physical preparation” (the other workshops being “Geisha balls”, ” belly dance “and” Qui Gong “).

Some interventions have brought me more than others. Thus, among the topics addressed, those who have most caught my attention are:

  • Postural Identity and Muscle Building
  • The perineum for the prevention of injuries
  • The perineum for sports performance (theme that I would have liked to be more developed)
  • The “sheathing” workshop

As these topics were addressed by senior fitness coaches, the way in which they were approached was often different from the approach normally used. Thus, the pelvic muscles were no longer simply at the heart of a health problem, but a real issue of athletes’ performance, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games, or 2024. It became, moreover, completely unthinkable to propose to these athletes to slow down their activity the time of a reeducation.

However, I have been questioned more than once by the lack of literary references, and an interpretation of the few articles used that do not take into account their ethical quality. Having myself studied all articles presented at this congress, I found myself in relative disagreement with certain conclusions, made on the basis of articles of low quality, and therefore often very difficult to interpret.

Some interventions, scheduled at the end of the first day, seemed more to promote the training provided by the institute Gasquet® than really bring objective information to the participants.

Deepening or enriching your training

First of all, beyond the theoretical teaching, this congress has brought me a lot on a personal level. It allowed me to meet and discuss with different health professionals or sport, to know different points of view and to realize the heterogeneity of knowledge and practices of each.

On the theoretical level, I was able to better understand the Gasquet® method, to deepen my knowledge and to see the pelvic floor muscles in a new light: as a tool for performance and injury prevention (1st day: the perineum at rescue of sport) and no longer as a victim of current physical practices (day 2: the perineum victim of sport).

Finally, on a practical level, I was able to see with the help of the physiotherapists-osteopaths who supervised us that my own physical practice was far from being as exemplary as I had hoped. I have now a better understanding of my own mistakes, and I will be able to better guide my future patients to their own possible mistakes (which I probably would not have noticed if not, reproducing them myself).

Thus, this congress brought me a lot for my future practice, but also made me want to participate to other interventions of this kind, either as a participant or to intervene myself.