A former elite athlete and corporate lawyer, Kimberley Smith was used to functioning at her peak. Kimberley was an elite athlete from the age of 18, attending the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra straight out of high school. She played netball at the elite level for over 10 years, representing the NSW Swifts and was a member of the Australia Diamonds Squad. Here’s her story that introduces the real experience that can happen with sports stars and bladder leakage.
Getting active? But what if I leak when I exercise?
The ‘This Girl Can Campaign’ celebrates women who are all kinds of active for this week and beyond! All kinds of active should be celebrated! Whether it’s a little or a lot, whether you’re an athlete or a novice, it’s great to have a ‘can’ mentality or state of mind when getting some movement in your day. Getting and keeping active doesn’t have to be a chore! We take a fresh look at the key benefits of exercise and help further break down those walls that stop a lot of us from still getting active…..and for some of us, that might be leaking when we exercise!
Bladder leakage isn’t just a ‘seniors’ problem
When 24-year-old Christin Young walked into the urology clinic at a major Sydney hospital, she was struck by the fact that she was the only person under 30 in the room. “There was nothing to validate me as a young person experiencing incontinence,”(bladder leakage) she says. “There was no information at all about urinary problems in young people and I felt it reinforced that incontinence is an older person’s issue and it was not okay for me to be experiencing it.”Check out more of Christin’s story