Strength training and female urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common condition in women, but whether physical activity is good or bad for the pelvic floor is debated


Formal title

Does onset and performance of regular resistance training cause urinary incontinence? A randomized controlled trial


This is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial initially evaluation the effect of 3 different strength training programs on muscle strength and body composition in inactive overweight and obese women. The aim of the present study was the assess whether onset and performance of the same programs had any effect on prevalence and incidence of urinary incontinence in women


Data on urinary incontinence was collected in a former RCT (Rustaden et al 2017)


40 of 128 women (30.1%) reported urinary incontinence at pre-test (ICIQ-UI-SF). After 12 weeks of training, there was no statistically significant difference in prevalence of incidence of urinary incontinence compared with a non-exercising control group. In manuscript