What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress Urinary Incontinence, or (SUI) is a common term used when referring to urinary leakage and incontinence in sport. Think about your body, when there is stress placed on the bladder, such as when you sneeze, or cough, bladder leakage and incontinence can often be triggered. The body reacts the same when you play sport. The higher impact the sport has on your body, the more likely you are to experience symptoms. Even people who don’t normally suffer from incontinence in their day to day lives can lose control of their bladders when lifting heavy weights or overexerting themselves in high impact classes such as Cross Fit.
How Can I Stay Active And Manage My Incontinence?
Staying active can only bring benefits to your health and lower BMI is proven to reduce some symptoms of SUI. However, if your incontinence is interfering with your current fitness routine there are a few things you can do. Pilates, body balance and yoga classes all help to strengthen the core muscles in your body and tighten pelvic floor muscles. Regular classes can reduce mild bladder leakage problems. If you are doing high impact aerobics or F45 classes, you might want to switch to a lower impact activity and instead of running on hard road surfaces, take a long walk. Instead of hockey, maybe choose swimming.
I Love Playing High Impact Sport - Do I Have To Give It Up?
The answer is no! Depending on the level of incontinence you have, you may want to look at wearing some form of incontinence protection pad for extra security. There are some great products on the market at the moment, and the best option for sport is the pull-up style. They feel just like regular underwear, and you don’t need to worry about a pad moving or slipping out of place. You can enjoy your sport without a second thought.
The most important thing is not to stop taking in fluids. Dehydration can aggravate your symptoms and dehydration, even mild, can affect your health and your vitality. Make sure you empty your bladder just before you do any sporting activity and ensure you keep your fluids up. If your bladder leakage symptoms get worse, visit your GP as adult incontinence can also be a sign of another underlying issue.
Using the right incontinence products can take your mind off things, stop the worry and the loss of confidence so you can enjoy your favourite sports and give it your best shot!