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Prevention and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions in Female Athletes

Leaking when you train? You’re not alone. A high percentage of women who take part in high impact sports or heavyweight training experience incontinence anywhere from 30- 80% depending on the type of sport/ training.

High impact training and weight training places strain on the pelvic floor, which can lead to pelvic floor dysfunctions like incontinence. Whilst pelvic floor dysfunction is common in women who train- it’s not normal- you don’t have to accept it- we can help – we can treat it. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, knowing how to engage these during training and adapting your training to reduce the impact on the pelvic floor significantly reduces pelvic floor dysfunctions such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. For women who lift or take part in high impact sports: Many women are unaware of how to engage their pelvic floor muscles properly during weight lifting. We can teach you how to properly strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, how to engage your pelvic floor muscles during training/ playing sport to protect them from injury, and how to adapt your exercise to eliminate incontinence. For women who compete/ elite athletes: The intensity of training regimes puts competitive/ professional athletes at an even higher risk of pelvic floor dysfunction- this can impact your training and performance. We understand that optimum muscle performance is key to success in your sport- whether that’s bodybuilding, weightlifting or athletics. This includes your pelvic floor muscles. Your pelvic floor needs to be trained in order to perform at its best to allow you to perform at your best. We can help you to correct any underlying pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions, identify muscle imbalances and treat any incontinence issues which could be impacting on your performance. We can also teach you ways of engaging your pelvic floor muscles and moving in a way that helps to protect your pelvic floor to allow you to continue to compete for years to come without incontinence being a barrier.

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