Journal Club Webinar

Do Female Runners Report More Pelvic Floor Symptoms Than Females Who Engage in CrossFit®?

Aired on March 28, 2021

Female participation in high-impact activity involving weightlifting has increased over the years, however we have yet to understand the prevalence and pathophysiology of pelvic floor dysfunction (namely urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and anal incontinence) in women participating in these activities.

Due to this lack of knowledge, many health professionals continue to provide cautious advice on weightlifting to females who may be at risk for pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), including complete avoidance. One common recommendation noticed has been the support of running as an acceptable exercise option, however at the same time recommending avoidance of weightlifting.

Because of the lack of research in this area, we started with a cross-sectional survey to compare the prevalence of PFD symptoms in women who engage in high-impact activity compared with CrossFit®-brand training (CF), an activity known to involve both running and weightlifting.

This webinar aims to review this study from the first author’s perspective and understand why we need to think critically with the advice we give for pelvic floor health.

  • Do women runners report more pelvic floor symptoms than women in CrossFit®? A cross-sectional survey;
  • Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse in women who lift heavy weights for exercise: a cross-sectional survey;

Moderator: Lauren Trosch, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Recording: This webinar will be RECORDED. Please register to get a copy of the recording emailed to you after it airs.

Geared toward:

  • PTs
  • PTAs
  • SPTs
  • Nurses
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Public


Lori Forner (BScH, MPhtySt, PhD candidate) is a private practice physiotherapist running her own business in the field of pelvic health, and currently working on her PhD at The University of Queensland looking into the effects of weightlifting on pelvic organ support.

Her background includes exercise physiology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with clinical interests in complex female pelvic pain, female pelvic floor dysfunction in exercise, and the use of 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound. She is an invited conference speaker, a casual lecturer at The University of Queensland, and produces and hosts The Pelvic Health Podcast – which interviews top academics and experts in the field of pelvic health. She is also slightly biased towards strength training as she quite enjoys being strong herself so she can still pick up her growing kids.


The Journal Club is a member-led group sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). It is open to PTs, PTAs, SPTs and other medical health professionals who are interested in discussing the latest evidence and research to advance practice.

The free webinars usually take place monthly and last about one hour. The format is typically a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment to allow for real-time engagement and clinical discussion. Registration is required and recordings are sent to registrants who cannot attend live. Archives of past events can be found here.

Disclaimer: The JWHPT promotes scholarly discussion and clinical dissemination of best available evidence; Journal Club presenter’s are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Ideas and opinions expressed may not be those of the Academy of Pelvic Health and JWHPT.