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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Female Athletes

Is Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport a Risk Factor?

Rebullido, Tamara Rial PhD, CSPS1; Stracciolini, Andrea MD, FAAP, FACSM2

Current Sports Medicine Reports: July 2019 - Volume 18 - Issue 7 - p 255–257
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000615
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Due to the unique demands of sport participation on the body, female athletes are at increased risk for pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). A high number of female athletes suffer from PFD, especially urinary incontinence. Several biomechanical and physiological risk factors may play a role in the development of PFD in female athletes. RED-S has been shown to be associated with PFD. The goal of this commentary is to discuss RED-S as a risk factor for PFD and propose a mechanism for this relationship.

1International Hypopressive & Physical Therapy Institute, Vigo, SPAIN; and

2Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Address for correspondence: Andrea Stracciolini, MD, FAAP, FACSM, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedics, Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115; E-mail: Andrea.stracciolini@childrens.harvard.edu.

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