GC031: What if I Leak When I Tumble

I Leak When I Tumble in Gymnastics

Welcome to a very special Gymnast Care Podcast! This is for you, the gymnast. We made this special podcast with Dr. Stephanie Fournier to help you understand what is happening in your body when you tumble.

Some times, when you tumble you leak, and it’s fairly common in gymnastics for this to happen. There’s many strategies that gymnasts do to try to prevent this like going to the bathroom right before tumbling, holding it in as best as possible, and not drinking water.

Get The Right Advice

We want to make sure you getting the right advice and that’s where Stephanie comes in. She’s an expert and she’s worked with gymnasts just like you to help you protect your body and find strategies so you don’t leak when you tumble.

She also has some great advice so you can talk to your coaches, your parents and your providers about this subject and not be embarrassed. I personally want you to feel confident in your body. You only get one body, and we want you to have an amazing relationship with it as you grow.

So What’s Common in Gymnastics?

It’s pretty common in Gymnastics and Sports to have leakage when you do strenuous activities, but even though it is common, it’s not always the best for you.

We want our athletes to be as healthy as possible, not just now but for the rest of your lives! So check out this list to see if any of these things happen to you:

  • Leakage (a little pee) with cough, sneeze, laugh, and/or tumbling
  • Having to go pee a lot during the day…more than once every 2-3 hours
  • Waking up more than once during the night to go pee
  • Feeling as if you can’t fully empty the bladder…still feel like you need to pee but can’t
  • Involuntary leakage of gas
  • When you sit down to pee, it takes a while to start going (we call this urinary hesitancy)
  • Needing to strain or push to go pee (or start the stream)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Wanting or needing to go pee during physical activity
  • You’ve stopped drinking water so you don’t have to go pee (to reduce leakage)


So what are some of the things that cause this issue?

Leakage during gymnastics or sports is also causing you to not perform at your best. Here’s some of the reasons why you might have leakage:

  • Weak core
  • Weak gluteus muscles
  • Poor landing/squat position (i.e. knee valgus)


These are the easy things that we can work on and we have lots of videos at Gymnast Care to help you.

Sometimes, though, it can be a more serious issue and seeing a women’s health professional will help you figure out exactly what’s going on. It’s OK to be nervous about talking to someone about this…it’s an uncomfortable issue, but professionals like Stephanie are amazing and they can really help you become an even better athlete!

And remember, this happens to a lot of athletes, not just gymnasts. You got this!

So ask your parents if you can make an appointment with a women’s health expert so you can get back to being the best you can be, all while you protect your body!

Leave Us A Question

So check out the podcast and if you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments below and Stephanie said she would check back often to answer them.

We did a special podcast for your coaches and parents and you can find that here: GC030: Does Your Gymnast Leak When She Tumbles?

Dr. Joshua Eldridge

About Dr. Joshua Eldridge

Dr. Joshua Eldridge has specialized in protecting gymnasts from injury. He is the inventor of The X Brace, and has developed a treatment protocol for Sever’s disease and heel pain that has helped thousands of gymnasts throughout the world. Dr. Eldridge brings practical, easy injury care and prevention that can be done at home.