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Leaking? Every time I cough, sneeze, or jump...

pelvic floor Jul 21, 2021

Are you nervous to cough or sneeze because of leaking?

Do you have the urge to pee before performing double unders, running, or jumping?

Are you leaking with double unders or heavy lifts?


Leaking urine with physical movement or activities such as coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, lifting with heavy loads, is a type of incontinence, called stress incontinence. 

Some common misconceptions about leakage:

1️) I had a baby. This is my new normal and I won’t be able to do double unders ever again.

2️) I’m getting old and this is what happens when you’re old.

3️)  “My pelvic floor is weak, I just need to do more kegels.”

4) I will just wear dark pants during double under day. 


We hear this often, it is common, but NOT normal.


There is something that can be done for leaking! 

There are many factors that can contribute to stress incontinence, it’s a matter of finding the right thing for your specific cause. There might not be one singular thing or it may be a combination of the following. Here are some of the most common:

  • Pressure Management: There are different ways people can manage pressure, 
  • Breath: We talk a lot about breath and the role it has on performance. Some common things we see with athletes are:
    • Breath holding 
    • Uncoordinated breath patterns
  • Position
    • There are many muscles that attach to the pelvis: abs, back muscles, hip and thigh muscles. These all play a role in the position of the stomach, low back, and hips function when performing exercises, such as lifting, running or jumping. 
  • Technique/Motor Control
    • Coordination: To put all of it together, we must have pressure management, breath, and position to allow for your brain to perform the movement efficiently.
      • Abs, core, pelvic floor
      • Breathing
    • Landing Mechanics
    • Variety of Movements


This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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