Study Urges Greater Awareness of Effects of High-Impact Athletics

Veteran PAINWeek faculty member Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, and a research team from Loyola University Health System reported their findings last week that female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density. The results were delivered last week at the American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC.

“There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events,” noted Dr. Fitzgerald. The study team urged clinician awareness of the link between pelvic disorders and endurance athletics so that appropriate treatment can be implemented to avoid long-term adverse consequences. Read a news story about the recommendations here.

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