A research approach to determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence in competitive collegiate female athletes
Stringer, M. Paige
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Keith, K., Norris, A., Showalter, J., Stringer, M.P., & Waits, L. 2014. A Research Approach to Determine the Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence in Competitive Collegiate Female Athletes. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 112
The prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) is well documented in the adult female population, but women's health physical therapists have noted it is also affecting younger females. Previous studies focusing on UI in female athletes have provided inconsistent data. This study used self-reported measures to examine the prevalence of UI in female collegiate aged athletes and its impact on their quality of life (QOL). We explored the relationships among prevalence of UI, QOL, sport, and pelvic floor exercise and education. Prevalence of UI was found, and although proven to be a preventative method for stress incontinence, our results found that few athletes perform the recommended amount of Kegel exercises.
Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at Department of Physical Therapy, College of Heatth Professions