The prevalence of stress urinary incontinence in high school and college-age female athletes in the midwest: implications for education and prevention

Urol Nurs. 2007 Feb;27(1):21-4, 39.

Abstract

Research has demonstrated that young female athletes participating in high-impact sports may be at higher risk for urinary incontinence. Using a modified Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Questionnaire, a group of young adult female athletes was surveyed in Central Illinois to identify the prevalence of stress incontinence and assess education needs. Results indicated that more than 25% of those completing surveys experienced incontinence and that more than 90% had never told anyone about their problem and had no knowledge of preventive measures; 16% reported incontinence negatively impacted their quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Illinois / epidemiology
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration
  • Pelvic Floor
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Prevention / organization & administration
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / epidemiology*
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / etiology
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / prevention & control*
  • Women* / education
  • Women* / psychology