Urinary incontinence (UI) is usually a concern amongst women after child
birth, however it has been discovered that it is also prevalent amongst
young nulliparous women that are athletes. Through another UROP
student, it was discovered that 50% of the women athletes at the
University of Minnesota currently have urinary leakage problems.
Research has suggested a correlation between the amount of physical
activity and the severity of symptoms. However, it has not yet been
proven what mechanism that causes this urinary incontinence in women
athletes. It has been hypothesized that nerve compression is the
contributing factor. Through past research it has been found that applied
pressure on peripheral nerves causes damage and results in atypical
functioning. The projects goal is to research the effects of compression on
the functional status of peripheral nerves in terms of conduction velocity. I
will be specifically experimenting with compression on sensory nerves
and identifying if there is a variance between damaged sensory and
motor nerve velocities.