Sports With Incontinence

If you've dealt with bladder problems for a while, you might think it means the end of sports playing. But there are ways to stay active that don't involve peeing your pants! We discuss the best alternatives for people living with urinary incontinence, from yoga to swimming.

We get it. Sports are fun. They keep you in shape and outdoors, and there's something about baseball games, soccer matches and volleyball matches that elevate them to the level of a sociological phenomenon.

But what if you're dealing with incontinence? Does it mean the end of your ability to play sports?

Not necessarily! You can still be an athlete even if you have incontinence issues - however, you might have to change some things to stay active.

For instance, let's say that you're having trouble running because of bladder control problems.

Even though you love going to the gym and working out, you can't do that if your body is constantly alert for leaks.

The solution?
Yoga! (We know. Yoga isn't considered a sport, so it's not listed on the list of activities we discuss here. It's a start!)


Yoga is a great way to get active while also controlling urinary incontinence. Plus, most poses teach you how to keep calm when you're on the verge of leaking - and that's important when participating in sports like volleyball or basketball.

So what else should you try besides yoga?
Well, that's the thing. If you're worried about keeping your bladder under control while exercising, sometimes it's best to avoid exercise altogether.

That way, you can choose what activities are best for incontinence and not spend the time changing over your routine because of your health concerns.

You may have to change some things up just as much as you'll have to keep changing your routine if you're a runner dealing with incontinence issues.

For example, what about swimming?

While swimming is a super-fun activity that doesn't seem like it would require any special precautions, there is one thing you should keep in mind: water.

You see, while water is generally considered safe - and even helpful - for people with bladder problems, pool chemicals can irritate the urinary tract.

So if you're swimming in a public pool, you may want to wear some swim diapers to avoid irritation.

If the bottom line is this: if you are having trouble with your bladder control when participating in sports that you love, it's time to speak up about it.

It's okay to say that something isn't working for your body (whether it's sport-specific or just general stuff) and take steps back from what you're doing if it means taking better care of yourself.

The bottom line is that you have to make sure you're taking care of your body.

And if getting involved in sports is a struggle because of incontinence or other medical concerns, take some time to learn about the risks before participating.

For instance, you might want to read up on the symptoms of an allergic reaction to a pollen or grass pollen allergen.

(The symptoms of an allergic reaction are very similar to those of an incontinence problem.)

You might also want to learn about other medical conditions that affect your body and physical abilities.

Let's say you have asthma. (We know we said we wouldn't be mentioning sports like running, but hey, there are plenty of other ones we could mention in our sports section - so go ahead and get that running fix. And we're still on topic.)

If you have asthma, you might have to modify your running routine a fair bit when swimming and exercising. And if you can't run at all, there's nothing to work around that - seriously, it takes months and months of physical therapy for someone with a severe case of the symptoms of asthma.

So you know what? No running! Just swimming! Or anything else hassling your body like running or exercise in general, or wearing more shorts because no one wants to see those.

You may have heard the word incontinence before but are unsure what it means. Incontinence is a condition that relates to someone's inability to control their bladder or bowels. It can happen for several reasons. One of the most common causes is age because as people get older, their natural ability to regulate their bladder and bowels gradually decreases. In some cases, changes in lifestyle or diet can also worsen incontinence over time.

People with incontinence may leak urine because they cannot fully empty their bladder or bowel. This is the most common type of incontinence, called "urinary incontinence." It can happen to anyone at any age.

Over time, however, some people try to hide this part of their lives from friends and family. They may make excuses such as "I can't go outside anymore because of my incontinence," or they may say, "I don't have to go to the bathroom today. I have a headache," or "I'm tired." These are all common excuses for incontinence.

Incontinence can also be caused by another condition or illness, including diabetes, dementia, or Crohn's disease. This is called "faecal incontinence." You may need to get checked overtime to ensure you don't have one of these other health problems.

If left untreated, incontinence can cause pain, embarrassment and stress. It can also have a significant impact on your quality of life. So even though you may be reluctant to see a doctor about the problem, it's essential to get help.

If you are experiencing incontinence and want to learn more about how to manage it and live better with it, read the rest of this booklet.

You can also go online to www.novamedpads.co.uk for lots of helpful information on bladder control, bowel control and other related topics.