Urinary leakage, or stress incontinence, is related to weak pelvic floor muscles which are unable to tighten strongly enough around the bladder opening to prevent leakage. This leakage is often associated with postpartum women and elderly women.
However, did you know that 51% of female athletes between the ages of 15-30 years complain of some urinary leakage during exercise (Thyssen et al, 2002)? Women are often prescribed pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises) to correct the problem. Unfortunately, 30% of women do pelvic floor exercises incorrectly (Laycock, 2001).
Happily, if you seek a qualified Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to teach you to do Kegel exercises properly, then you have a 97% success rate in treatment of stress incontinence (Cochraine Review, 2006)!
Caroline van de Poll
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist