July 25, 2013: If a recent CrossFit Games video is to be believed, stressed induced urinary incontinence is largely unavoidable, particularly for women who participate in high-impact exercise or women who have had children.
In this episode, physical therapists Jill Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS, and Julie Wiebe, PT, MPT, BSc, respond to the video, making it clear that although stress-induced urinary incontinence is common, it isn't normal, and it’s also preventable.
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Jill Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS, is an assistant professor in the physical therapy program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She consults in the area of women’s health physical therapy and teaches continuing education seminars on musculoskeletal management of obstetrics clients. She is the immediate past president and founder of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
Julie Wiebe, PT, MPT, BSc, has over sixteen years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health, and her practice focuses on helping women recover from injuries and return to high levels of fitness and their chosen sport. Her approach to help a safe return to fitness programs includes diaphragm and pelvic floor integration into core strengthening and manual therapy programs. She writes about and advocates for awareness of these issues on her web site, juliewiebept.com, and on Twitter (@JulieWiebePT).