The Pregnant Athlete Policy
The aim of this policy is to reduce the risk of injury to the pregnant athlete whilst at training/competing/grading at events organised by Kimekai Karate. The main risks to the pregnant athlete are:
- direct trauma to the abdomen;
- joint back injury due to increased ligament laxity;
- overheating; and
This policy encompasses:
- support and guidance to the pregnant athlete; and
- direction for Kimekai Instructors in assisting the pregnant athlete.
Instructors, officials, and athletes associated with the Kimekai Karate, are responsible for understanding, implementing and following this policy.
THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES MUST BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE DOJO/COMPETITION/GRADING AREA:
The pregnant athlete must:
- obtain expert medical advice, and obtain a clear understanding of the risks, particularly in regard with your involvement in karate,
- before making the decision about whether to continue to participate;
- obtain medical certificate from your doctor stating that “you are able to continue in the sport”;
- 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 75 per cent of your maximum heart rate; and
- watch for 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 75 per cent of maximum heart rate; and
- allow more frequent drinks during class.
Should the Instructor become concerned about the athletes’ well-being, the Instructor must raise this concern with the athlete with the view as to whether participation continues. The Instructor must avoid giving advice where not qualified to give.