30 Jan '16, 2pm

Pelvic floor dysfunction is common, but strengthening the deep-core helps:

Women tend to think of the pelvic floor with regard to sex and continence, but you may not realize pelvic-floor muscles play a major role in core stabilization and injury prevention, says Kara Vormittag, M.D., a sports medicine physician in Park Ridge, Illinois. “These muscles, along with the rest of your core, are responsible for stabilizing your pelvis and thorax through movement," she says. "If any component of your core breaks down, you risk injury when you move." Vormittag believes pelvic-floor dysfunction is a common contributor to injury among female runners. “In my world, as a sports medicine physician who treats mostly female athletes, pelvic-floor dysfunction is an epidemic,” she says. Statistics show at least one in every four women reports having one or more pelvic-floor disorders, defined as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/he...

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