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How Can the Pelvic Muscles Help Athletes?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How can you engage your pelvic muscles to run faster and jump higher with less impact on your spine and lower limbs?
Air Date: 1/29/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Missy Lavender, Founder & Executive Director of the Women's Health Foundation
Missy Lavender Missy Lavender is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Health Foundation. Missy is a national speaker on pelvic health and has been featured in numerous press outlets, print, radio, and television, recently featured as one of Chicago's top 100 "Women of Inspiration," in Today's Chicago Woman Magazine.

She is the author of two books, You Go Girl...But Only When You Want To! and You Go Girl...But Only When You Want To! Senior Edition and her forthcoming book, Below Your Belt: A Girl's Guide To Pelvic Health. A mother of two, Ms. Lavender holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
How Can the Pelvic Muscles Help Athletes?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that supports your lower pelvis. For a woman, these muscles surround and support the urethra, vaginal opening, and anus.

When your pelvic floor muscles are healthy, you're able to contract and relax easily.

Keeping these muscles strong is extremely important, because if they become weak it can cause a handful of problems.

According to Pelvic Floor First, elite athletes or those who play impact sports are at an increased risk of developing a pelvic floor problem. However, if you keep these muscles strong it can actually help boost your athletic performance.

Listen in as Missy Lavender, Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Health Foundation, explains how the pelvic muscles can help athletes.
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