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Women who take part in vigorous sporting activities are much more likely to suffer from a prolapsed uterus. When a prolapse happens, your uterus or womb slips out of place; it typically happens when your uterus isn’t properly supported by surrounding tissues and muscles. When your support system fails, your uterus moves down into your pelvis, cervix or inside of your vagina.
Why Is This More Likely To Happen To Athletes?
There’s a strong correlation between physical activity and uterine prolapse. New studies show that women who take part in amateur sports increase their likelihood of developing a prolapse; there’s no guarantee that it’ll happen, but it’s about five times as likely.
Women who are predisposed to a prolapse are the most likely to experience this injury; weak pelvic muscles can be torn and strained during the course of physical activity. Squatting, lifting and straining can tear your pelvic muscles. Exercise is good for you, but you really need to be careful; this is especially true if you have given birth vaginally.
Doctors are seeing an increase in prolapsed uterus symptoms and complications; many of these cases are caused by strenuous exercises like CrossFit and weightlifting. Repeated strain on your muscles can cause them to stretch out; this makes your pelvis much more vulnerable to a prolapse.
What Exercises Should You Avoid?
If you have symptoms of a uterine prolapse, then it’s important to avoid all exercises that put a strain on your abdominals and pelvic muscles; this includes sit-ups, crunches, weight lifting and leg-lifts. Even advanced yoga poses have been shown to make symptoms worse.
What Can Athletes Do To Prevent Injury?
The best thing to do is to strengthen your pelvic muscles; when you do this, you are less likely to suffer from injuries of all sorts. Try these exercises to help strengthen your core:
If you want to strengthen your pelvis, you can do it by engaging the muscles that stop you from urinating. A great time to practice is when you are going to the bathroom; simply stop the stream while you are urinating. Try to hold it in for as long as is comfortable; over time, you will build strength.
You can perform this exercise by squeezing your pelvic muscles as fast as you can; start with sets of five, and increase the number as you get stronger. This exercise works to tighten muscles that were previously stretched out.
This exercise is great for preventing a prolapse. Tighten your pelvic muscles from the bottom up; concentrate on each different section individually. Imagine your stomach as three separate sections. Start with your lower muscles; slowly progress all the way to the top. Once you hit the top, relax your muscles and start again.
There’s no question that rigorous physical activity can increase your chances for a uterine prolapse. If you are susceptible to the condition, it’s important to take preventative steps to make sure that your pelvic muscles stay strong. When you take proactive steps, you make sure that physical activity doesn’t exasperate your pelvic condition.
We see a lot of potential athletes in our communities but are excluded from playing because of their disabilities; however, these athletes have already proven that they can do it. So why is there a need to stop them from entering competitions when some of them are better than most athletes with no disabilities?
Last February 3, the Seahawks and Broncos battle it out with former crushing the latter. In the Seahawks team is the first ever offensive NFL player who is deaf, Derrick Coleman. Being deaf did not stop him from playing and winning for his team. He had some difficulties when he was still starting as he had difficulty in playing without his hearing aid, so they devised a way to attach the hearing aid without it being obtrusive. He practiced hard with his teammates so that his impairment is already accounted for in their positioning. His position enables him to lip-read and helps him in his play. Their practice paid off when Coleman scored his first NFL touchdown against the New Orleans Saints last December 2013. He became a model for Duracell batteries and the commercial inspired twin sisters, Erin and Riley Kovalcik, to write. They corresponded and Coleman invited them to the Superbowl and meets them in person.
Coleman had a supportive family who wanted him to reach his potentials. However, not everyone has a family like that. The biggest handicap is the attitude of the people in the surroundings. The United Kingdom pulled out their annual donations for the deaf athletes; they had to petition visual signals especially in swimming or running. On the other hand, the Manitoba Sports Federation in Canada now receives funding for the athletes with disabilities. More coaches are also willing to learn sign language in order to coach young, talented athletes.
There are a large number of people with disabilities coming forward and achieving what other people could achieve and more. The only barrier is that people are used to thinking that those with disabilities cannot excel in anything. Forgetting the fact that some of the people who shaped the world and its thinking are with disabilities, to name a few are Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jessica Cox, first armless pilot, and Helen Keller. The attitude towards persons with disabilities can be the biggest handicap of humanity.