Unlock your pelvic potential
It was reported that a during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games the French gymnast allegedly lost control of her bladder during her routine. This is not the first time an athlete at such a level has ‘lost control’. Another olympic weightlifter lost control of her bladder and urinated on stage during the weight lift.
Urinary incontinence deters many young women from participating in recreational sports.
It was always assumed that incontinence is for the ‘over that certain age group’, but more and more women are reporting the stress incontinence issue before they have reached that certain age. What’s more interesting is that most of these women have not yet had children, are fit and athletic. Stress incontinence isn’t for the older generation it can happen to anyone at any time.
More than 30% of women abandoned or modified their sports activity because of the condition, Stefano Salvatore, M.D., of the University of Insubria, Del Ponte Hospital, in Varese, Italy, and colleagues reported online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
They found that 10.4% of women quit their sport completely because of urinary leakage and another 20% changed the way they practiced it.
The highest rates of incontinence were reported with activities involving repetitive bouncing, including basketball (16.6%), aerobics (15%), and tennis or squash (11%).
To reach those conclusions, the researchers used an anonymous questionnaire to survey 679 Italian women of fertile age who participated in non-competitive sports.
Mean age was 36 (range 14 to 51) and 510 (75%) were nulliparous while 169 (24.9%) had had more than one child.
Urinary incontinence was reported by 101 women (14.9%).
Of those, 32 complained of the condition only during sports activity (4.7% of the total survey population and 31.7% of the incontinent group), 48 only during daily life (7.1% of the overall recruited population and 47.5% of the incontinent group), and 21 reported incontinence in both circumstances (3.1% of the overall recruited population and 20.8% of the incontinent group).
In terms of frequency, 54% of incontinent women reported between one and three episodes a month, 27% between one and three episodes a week, and 18% more frequently than that.
Women don’t report it
Women who experience urinary incontinence during sport don’t regard themselves as incontinent and can continue with a normal life. On average, only 10% of sporting women take the initiative to seek help for their incontinence.
Many reduce fluid intake to try to solve the problem. Reducing fluid if you are playing physical sport isn’t a good idea.
What can we do about it?
Kegel exercises are advised at this stage but very few doctors actually take the time to show the women how do a kegel exercise or even how to locate their pelvic floor muscles. So it’s a catch 22. The woman seeks help, told to do kegel exercises (pelvic floor exercises) she in turn is too embarrassed to ask how, and leaves the surgery non the wiser and ends up stopping her sport practise.
Just imagine how many potential great Olympians don’t get a chance to shine due to them dropping out of the sport due to a condition that can be solved!
Instruct your athletes that this is a common conditions shared by millions of women. Most of the training they do will strengthen the muscles needed for their particular sport but very few will concentrate on the pelvic floor directly. Very few athletes know how to locate certain pelvic floor muscles. Core muscle training is just as important as any other training.
Using Keygal not only allows you to continue playing sport without having to worry about those embarrassing leaks, it also allows you to identify and naturally use isometric contractions enabling you to strengthen the pelvic floor through kegel exercises.
Keygal is medically approved.
If you are a sports trainer and want to know more about kegel training with the use of Keygal please get in touch.