It’s Back to School and Back to Sports
Backpacks are filled with fresh supplies. It’s time for students to head back to school, and back to school sports. Football games, cross country meets, and seemingly endless practices. Keeping up with both schoolwork and athletic commitments can be tough for students, and preventing injury is often the last thing on their minds.
With so many kids playing sports during the school year, we’ve all heard about the dangers of heat exhaustion or overworked muscles. Football, volleyball and field hockey to water polo, all sports carry the risk of another less heard of injury in young athletes: a sports hernia.
A sports hernia injury can happen to athletes of all ages, and in nearly any sport. This type of injury happens when the muscles in the groin area tear under stress from movements, such as. switching directions quickly, twisting and turning, or…
Five Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Sports Hernias
Every day, it seems like there’s new headline about yet another world-class athlete sidelined by injury. Sometimes it’s the usual culprits: an ACL tear or even a concussion. But sometimes it’s something more unexpected: a sports hernia injury.
When considering possible causes, a sports hernia is often at the bottom of the list – or not even considered at all! It can take multiple visits or even specialists to diagnose the injury. Sports hernias can bench an athlete for weeks or even months. That’s why today’s top athletes spend time focusing on the key ways to prevent sports hernia injuries before they happen.
Here are a five things you can learn from the pros:
- Athletes are familiar with the importance of a balanced, healthy diet, and they know that maintaining one can help build strength and resilience. But smart athletes…
Dear Dr. Brown,
I wanted to send you a note of thanks for the incredible level of care you have provided as I have been dealing with my bilateral sports hernias.
After seeing almost a dozen doctors, I had all but given up hope of getting a proper diagnosis and effective treatment. Now, after surgery, I feel like I am well on my way to recovery. Not only were you able to determine the source of my discomfort, but you also provided a level of accessibility, attentiveness, and support that is all but gone from the medical field nowadays.
I have been singing your praises to everyone I have told about my surgery, and I wanted to thank you directly as well. I appreciate everything so very much.
Dear Dr. Brown,
Sam continues to do very well. His team made it to US Youth Soccer National Championship in Dallas where his team finished second.
We are grateful for your help getting him back in the game!
Thank you so much! J
Think You Need to See a Sports Hernia Specialist? Take This Quiz!
You’re down with a mystery injury. Call it an ache, a sprain or a twisted who-knows-what, but you’ve been injured and ice and a WebMD search just isn’t cutting it this time. Once you’ve ruled out all the usual suspects, it can be hard to figure out what’s actually wrong. One possibility you might not have considered? A sports hernia. This type of injury is often overlooked, and is notoriously hard to diagnose, even for physicians.
A sports hernia occurs when a muscle or tissue in the lower abdomen or groin area is torn. This usually happens as a result of a twisting movement or a sudden change in direction. Athletes with an increased risk of sports hernia include those just starting or changing activities that haven’t built up the necessary flexibility or core strength. But regardless of…
It isn’t a Sprint — It’s a Marathon
First, a sports hernia diagnosis. Then surgical repair, and next comes the recovery process. Getting to the recovery stage can feel a little bit like finally crossing the finish line of a long race. You wouldn’t head immediately to another race’s starting line. You’d take time to recover and get back to your peak. Recovering from sports hernia repair surgery is similar, taking it slow to get back to full strength.
Once a sports hernia has been repaired surgically, Dr. William Brown work with patient athletes to develop a tailored recovery plan. This might include a combination of rest, diet restrictions, and physical therapy, all personalized to meet your specific case. You’ll spend time building back up the muscles that were injured, as well as improving your overall flexibility and core strength. However, it’s important to be aware of some…