(a) I treated a patient today who is traing for a marothon. He was dehydrated and suffered from heat exhaustion despite the sub-freezing weather. In typical Army fashion, he got an IV and Motrin, was monitored and sent on his way.
What brings me to the subject was that during his last mile, he lost bowel control. Lucky for me, his polypro's and windbreaker pants contained the mess, but not the stench. He stated to me that this is not an uncommon experience for marathon runners.
(b)Most of us have seen the picture of the weightlifter with the prolasped rectum. You know, the one where his pants are split, his bowels are hanging out and he is stuck in the bottom postition (PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF THIS, POST IT!). The write up explained how bystanders were spattered with feces.
Another pic I've seen shows an unfortunate girl at the bottom position of an overhead squat, or perhaps a snatch, with a wet spot on her, well, snatch, and a puddle underneath.
I imagine that the first is is rare, the second uncommon,however, with the extreme intrathoracic pressure needed to stabilize the body in heavy lifts must present some bowel and bladder control issues must be presentt.
(c) I have never quite lost it, but I have had near emergancies on heavy leg days. More than once, I have busted ass doing a deadlift, loud enough to get looks in a crowded gym, but what can you do but drive on, and laugh after the set.
(d) So all of this got me thinking, how often does this happen, where one shits themselves during a heavy lift. If you do, do you leave the gym immediately, or keep training (hard core!) In a meet, would the lift still count? Anybody do or witness this? For the sick twisted puppies like myself, pictures are requested.