Updated 11 February 2016

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Incontinence is most often associated with the elderly, but that is a age-old misconception – incontinence can affect people of all ages.

Researchers have found that women who participate in endurance and high-impact sports often have to contend with pelvic floor disorder symptoms.

These include: urgency urinary incontinence (16 percent), stress urinary incontinence (37 percent), bowel incontinence (28 percent) and pelvic organ prolapse (5 percent).

Doctors are not usually aware of the high frequency of incontinence, and may therefore overlook the symptoms in patients.

Visit our Incontinence Centre for more on managing this condition.