- Almost half of all women who participate in CrossFit report stress urinary incontinence (SUI) during exercise, particularly double‐unders, jumping rope, or box jumps.
Why this matters
- Women need to exercise caution with workouts that can affect the pelvic floor, especially if they have risk factors, say the authors.
- Researchers surveyed women from 4 CrossFit centers (n=105; mean age, 36.9 years) about activity levels, severity and frequency of leakage during CrossFit exercises, and strategies for preventing SUI.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- 50 out of 105 women reported SUI during CrossFit exercise.
- The 3 exercises most associated with SUI were:
- double‐unders: 47.7%;
- jumping rope: 41.3%; and
- box jumps: 28.4%.
- Significant predictors of SUI during exercise were (ORs):
- previous vaginal delivery: 4.94; and
- total incontinence symptom severity index score: 1.45 (both P<.05>
- Top strategies for dealing with SUI were:
- urinating before workouts: 89.0%;
- wearing dark pants: 51.4%; and
- performing Kegel exercises during workouts: 31.2%.
- The study was cross-sectional with a small sample size.