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The Pregnant Participant

The aim of this policy is to reduce the risk of injury to the pregnant participant whilst training, competing attending a grading or any other event organised by BTB Martial Arts & Fitness Centre.

The main risks to the pregnant athlete are:

  • direct trauma to the abdomen
  • joint back injury due to increased ligament laxity
  • overheating and
  • dehydration  

This policy encompasses:

  • support and guidance to the pregnant participant; and
  • direction for Instructors at the Centre in assisting the pregnant participant. 

Instructors, officials, and athletes associated with BTB Martial Arts & Fitness Centre are responsible for understanding, implementing and following this policy.

THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES MUST BE IMPLEMENTED:

The pregnant athlete must:

  • obtain expert medical advice, and obtain a clear understanding of the risks, particularly in regard with your involvement in Martial Arts before making any decision about whether to continue to participate in their chosen discipline
  • obtain medical certificate from doctor stating that “you are able to continue in the sport”;
  • Work within guidelines of “Exercise and Pregnancy”
  • advise your Instructors of your pregnancy
  • regularly review the training program with your medical adviser and
  • consider your insurance cover to ensure that it is adequate and relevant;

Should the pregnant athlete decide to continue in the sport she must at all times:

  •  use common sense and do not take unnecessary risks
  • take into account her changes in physical condition
  • not to increase the intensity of training
  • always work at less than 65 per cent of your maximum heart rate
  • watch for any warning signs, such as bleeding or abdominal pain, and see a doctor immediately if these occur

The Instructor must:

  • support the pregnant athlete who has decided to continue
  • sight the medical certificate from her doctor stating “that she is able to continue in the sport”;
  • advise all other assisting Instructors for that session
  • modify the program where necessary to: 
  • avoid unnecessary risks
  • take into account the changes in her physical condition
  • have her work at less than 65 per cent of maximum heart rate
  • allow more frequent drinks and rest periods during training  

Should the Instructor become concerned about the athletes’ well-being, the Instructor must raise this concern with the participant with the view as to whether participation continues.

The Instructor must avoid giving advice where they are  not qualified to do so.