I sat down to chat with Karen Litzy, physical therapist and host of the Healthy, Wealthy and Smart Podcast to talk about the pelvic floor, incontinence and performance. It isn’t just about staying dry, although that is a huge win, it is about harnessing the pressure, energy and force that you are losing out your hoo-hoo that you could be generating toward your athletic performance.
* Moving the the conversation about incontinence with exercise/crossfit/running from common vs normal and strong pelvic floor vs weak.
* The relevance of the PF to orthopedics and sports, and in particular to link the effect of something like incontinence on crossfit performance.
* Getting an athlete to change their mindset…you have to discuss how what you are suggesting will improve their performance. Different message than they are hearing from so many out there…your pelvic floor is weak (not necessarily) or common not normal or stop what you or doing or you are irreparably harming yourself or your are stupid for doing crossfit or go see a pelvic PT when access is very limited in some areas or they have and all they are given is kegels and advice to stop participating.
* Making sure that everyone knows that you can participate in sports/crossfit/running without incontinence and with a functional pelvic floor and core. This will only help your overall performance.
*Tips are offered from things to look for in your assessment and ideas to integrate if you are NOT a traditional pelvic health practitioner.
*Ortho, sports med and fit pros need to get super comfy with understanding pelvic health contributions to musculoskeletal and performance issue and appreciate the role they have in addressing them.
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