Propuesta Bienestar MaternoThe United States Sports Academy is partnering with the Colombian School of Rehabilitation (ECR) to offer its brand new online maternity wellness course to nursing students in the South American country.

The Maternity Wellness program for ECR students is the first Academy course ever to be offered in the Spanish language. The five-part course covers the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, guidelines for safe physical activity during pregnancy, fitness for birth, types of maternity fitness training, and post-partum recovery. The course was developed in collaboration with ECR faculty, who provided supplemental content so that it can be offered to nursing students there.

The English language version of the course is specially designed with pregnant students in mind and can be found through the Academy’s website here.

Studies show that exercise that is light-to-moderate in intensity can improve your quality of life, lessen many discomforts associated with pregnancy, and provide for a better labor and delivery experience. This course is designed to help you better understand the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy, common pregnancy discomforts, and exercise techniques to prepare your body for birth and favorable recovery.

“We are excited about this collaboration as our colleagues at ECR understand the importance of maternity wellness,” Academy Provost Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom said. “Strength and conditioning exercises used before and during pregnancy can greatly enhance the likelihood of healthy childbirth. Using the training techniques taught in this course, women can also recover from pregnancy faster and better. This reduces healthcare costs and improves public safety. We are proud to work with ECR to make this positive contribution in Colombia.”

Since its founding nearly a half-century ago, the Academy has leveraged its role and resources as a special mission sports university to make a global impact through quality sport instruction, research and service programs in 67 countries around the world. These contributions have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of a nation’s entire national sport effort to individual coaching clinics, seminars, and symposia.  For more about the Academy’s international programs, go to

The Colombian School of Rehabilitation –ECR – is a private higher education institution that performs the missionary functions of training, research and social projection to promote disability rehabilitation, inclusion, improvement of the quality of human life and the development of the country.