Urinary incontinence in female road runners from the Brazilian Federal District - occurrence and associated risk factors

Incontinência urinária em grupos de corredoras de rua no Distrito Federal - prevalência e fatores associados

A incontinência urinaria en grupos de corredoras de la calle en el Distrito Federal - prevalencia y factores associados

Amirni Vieira Almeida Carina de Sousa Freitas Santos Marianna Vale D’Alessandro Barbosa Aline Teixeira Alves Elizabeth Rideko Imoto Viviane Tobias Albuquerque About the authors

ABSTRACT Urinary incontinence (UI) is defined as the involuntary leakage of urine and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common type of UI, characterized by the loss of urine during physical effort, including running.


Analyze UI and associated factors in female road runners in the Brazilian Federal District (DF).


Cross-sectional descriptive study that investigated UI by applying an adapted questionnaire to female road runners in DF.


94 runners, 3.2% of whom reported UI and 56.6% complained of SUI. Body mass index (BMI), birth weight of largest baby and episiotomy were factors associated of SUI.


Although few women reported UI while running, the results suggest that SI needs to be addressed, especially when associated with risk factors.

­­; Urinary incontinence; Urinary incontinence stress; Female runners; Prevalence

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