Special Issue "Pelvic Health and Human Movement"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: public health; epidemiology; older adults; active aging; health-related interventions; sedentary behavior; motor activity; physical activity; pelvic floor; incontinence; urinary incontinence; fecal incontinence
Interests: bladder health; urinary symptoms; incontinence; health-related interventions; older adults; physical activity; sedentary behavior; pelvic health; older adults; stroke
Interests: pelvic health; pelvic floor dysfunction; urinary symptoms; incontinence; health-related interventions; older adults; physical activity
Interests: older adults; health-related interventions; movement behavior; physical activity; sedentary behavior; physical function; participatory health research; co-creation
Pelvic health is an important topic for Public Health. Urinary incontinence (UI), fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse are pelvic dysfunctions that affect more than 30% of the population. These conditions impair quality of life of people who suffer from them and also cause a significant socioeconomic impact to society.
With the progressive aging process, pelvic health issues tend to increase, whereas physical activity (PA) tends to reduce. The frailty process experienced by many older people can be associated with deterioration in bladder and bowel health as well as other common condition of aging, such as falls and cognitive impairment. However, the mechanisms of association have not been elucidated yet.
To maintain bladder and bowel function, PA plays an important role as a modifiable protective factor for pelvic dysfunctions, such as UI; adequate PA can prevent or even reduce UI. It is well known that sedentary behavior (SB) reduces functional performance and causes obesity, but the effects on pelvic health are less explored or understood. A causal pathway between low PA and development of urgency UI and overactive bladder has been suggested.
While numerous interventions to increase levels of PA and battle SB can be found in the scientific literature, understanding the relationship between PA, SB and bladder, and bowel and pelvic health is in its infancy. In addition, specific paramaters of these interventions are not totally clear and warrant futher research.
For this Special Issue, we invite researchers to submit their work on pelvic, bladder or bowel health and human movement (including SB-PA patterns, balance and falls, physical performance) across the lifespan. We are particularly interested in high-quality studies using qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods approaches. We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines based on observational or intervention studies using primary or secondary data. Authors are invited to contribute novel work to be considered for publication in this Special Issue, including original articles, short communications, systematic reviews or meta-analyses.
Dr. Javier Jerez-Roig
Prof. Dr. Joanne Booth
Prof. Dr. María Giné-Garriga
Prof. Dr. Suzanne Hagen
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- sedentary behavior
- motor activity
- physical functional performance
- physical activity
- pelvic floor
- urinary incontinence
- fecal incontinence