Understanding High-Impact Sports and Pelvic Health

By Dr. Zarina Vitebsky, DPT, MSPT, PRPC, TPS, LPF, DN on 8/10/2023

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In the realm of athletics, training and competition often push an individual's body to its utmost limits. While most discussions revolve around common injuries such as sprains, muscle tears, or fractures, an increasingly important dialogue is emerging regarding pelvic health in athletes.

Understanding High-Impact Sports and Pelvic Health

High-impact sports, including activities like running, gymnastics, weightlifting, and many field sports, exert significant pressure on the pelvic region. The constant and repetitive jarring motions can lead to a myriad of issues:

  1. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Athletes, especially those involved in high-impact sports, might find it difficult to control their pelvic floor muscles, leading to involuntary leakage during activities such as running or jumping.

  2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Excessive strain from sports can weaken pelvic muscles, leading to organs dropping from their usual position.

  3. Groin Pain: Overexertion or repetitive movements can overstrain the pelvic region, resulting in lingering discomfort.

  4. Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia): A misnomer, as it isn't a traditional hernia. However, the pain stemming from an injury to the core pelvic muscles can be just as debilitating.

Strategies for Athletes: Addressing and Warding Off Pelvic Concerns

  1. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Tailored exercises for athletes focusing on enhancing pelvic muscle strength, endurance, and relaxation techniques.

  2. Biofeedback: This technique empowers athletes with insights into their pelvic muscle activity, enabling improved control and fortification.

  3. Incorporate Core Workouts: A strong core offers indispensable support to the pelvic region, mitigating potential risks.

  4. Prioritize Warm-Ups and Cool Downs: Engaging in both dynamic and static stretches before and after workouts can significantly decrease the odds of pelvic injuries.

  5. Routine Medical Consultations: Regular check-ins with healthcare professionals can preemptively identify and treat budding pelvic issues.

  6. Awareness & Advocacy: It's essential for trainers and coaches to be educated about pelvic health, ensuring athletes have the resources and understanding they need.


While high-impact sports offer numerous benefits, from building physical strength to fostering team spirit, it's vital for athletes to be cognizant of potential pelvic health implications. With the right knowledge, training, and preventive measures, athletes can ensure their pelvic health doesn't hinder their sporting ambitions.

If you’re experiencing pelvic floor dysfunctions, including those related to athletics and high-impact activities, please reach out to us at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Center in Madison, NJ to set up an evaluation and treatment!

Feel free to call us at 908-443-9880 or email us at

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