Updated: Sep 26
When thinking of athletes it is common to think of strength, flexibility,
endurance, and agility. Athletes are generally considered healthy roll
models. We know that athletes can suffer from overuse or traumatic
injuries from their athletic training and competitions. We usually see these
injuries in the joints or muscles. Very rarely is it discussed that athletes can
suffer injury or dysfunction to their pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor injuries and dysfunction in athletes generally take a few
They can be from:
constant stress and impact,
from constant minor muscle tearing,
from overly tight muscles.
These issues cause a host of problems from back and hip pain too urinal or anal
incontinence, or negative breathing function.
In athletes both men and women can suffer from these issues. In order to
support pelvic floor health and function it is firstly important for athletes
and trainers to know about the potential for pelvic floor problems and what
happens as a result of them.
It is then important to know how to work to prevent them and how to treat them when they occur.
Prevention of pelvic floor issues in athletes is aided by awareness and
training techniques that support pelvic floor health. These techniques
include but are not limited to proper activation and release of the
immediate musculature of the pelvic floor; postural and core training that
emphasizes activation of the deep front connective tissue lines that run
from the arches of the feet, through the pelvic floor and diaphragm, all the
way to the palette of the mouth; proper stretching of the internal and
external rotators of the hips; and correct breathing techniques.
If a pelvic floor injury or dysfunction develops it is advisable to work with a
properly trained pelvic floor specialist usually in the field of physical
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