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J Sports Sci. 2014;32(12):1176-85. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.889845. Epub 2014 Feb 28.

Intra-abdominal pressures during activity in women using an intra-vaginal pressure transducer.

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a Department of Exercise and Sport Science , University of Utah , Salt Lake City , USA.

Abstract

Strenuous physical activity has been linked to pelvic floor disorders in women. Using a novel wireless intra-vaginal pressure transducer, intra-abdominal pressure was measured during diverse activities in a laboratory. Fifty-seven women performed a prescribed protocol using the intra-vaginal pressure transducer. We calculated maximal, area under the curve and first moment of the area intra-abdominal pressure for each activity. Planned comparisons of pressure were made between levels of walking and cycling and between activities with reported high pressure in the literature. Findings indicate variability in intra-abdominal pressure amongst individuals doing the same activity, especially in activities that required regulation of effort. There were statistically significant differences in maximal pressure between levels of walking, cycling and high pressure activities. Results for area under the curve and first moment of the area were not always consistent with maximal pressure. Coughing had the highest maximal pressure, but had lower area under the curve and first moment of the area compared to most activities. Our data reflect novel findings of maximal, area under the curve and first moment of the area measures of intra-abdominal pressure, which may have clinical relevance for how physical activity relates to pelvic floor dysfunction.

PMID:
24575741
PMCID:
PMC3992988
DOI:
10.1080/02640414.2014.889845
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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