You might think that female athletes, or women who exercise, who maintain an active lifestyle would have control over the muscles in their body, and you’d be right! But, not entirely. They may not have total control over their bladder.
Female athletes are especially susceptible to urinary incontinence for a whole variety of reasons. In one study, it was reported that 47% of female athletes, or physically active women, experienced urinary incontinence after their vaginal deliveries. But those numbers are nothing compared to the young female athletes with urinary incontinence.
The bladder receives all kinds of pressure from the body’s constant activity; as you can imagine, high-impact sports such as running with lots of repetitive motion are the biggest offenders. Jumping can also be a major contributor to incontinence. When you jump, you may be stretching when you set off, but the impact of the landing puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the bladder through the abdomen.