Does Your Gymnast Leak When She Tumbles?
When a gymnast leaks during tumbling, running, jumping, or playing, it can be a sign of dysfunction of the pelvic floor. Today, we sit down with Dr. Stephanie Fournier, a women’s health expert, to discuss what the implications of leakage are. Many times, this starts when our gymnasts are young, but creates big problems later in life including pain during intercourse, weak core, back pain, emotional trauma, and relationship problems.
This can also be a big problem for adult athletes as well. Stephanie even quotes one CrossFit coach as saying:
If your not leaking, you’re not training hard enough.
This of course was said by a male coach who knows nothing about women’s health or female anatomy.
Stephanie gets into why this strategy can create some big problems when it comes to female athletes health. She also delves deep into just what’s happening and how to prevent this problem.
Just for Your Gymnast
We’ve also done something special that we’ve never done before. Stephanie and I recorded a special podcast just for your daughter to listen to and know when leaking is a problem and how they can talk to their parents, coaches, and other athletes about this issue.
We thought this important to do because we want your daughter and gymnast to feel comfortable talking to others about this issue because if not corrected, it can have long term implications to health, relationships and intimacy. I want my daughter to enjoy life, and this is part of it!
We encourage you to let your daughter listen to this on her own so it doesn’t feel weird for her! It’s the same information we cover here for you, but in an appropriate manner for a young athlete.
Leave Your Questions
Dr. Fournier works at a very special clinic and cannot give out her email, but she wants to make sure she can answer any questions you might have about this subject. She promised that she’d check here often to see if there are any questions she can answer and help you as parents address this issue at the gym and at home.
Just leave your comment below.