Best Stretches for Sports Hernia Prevention
What exactly is a sports hernia? It’s a difficult-to-diagnose injury that is caused by repetitive movements that many sports—such as tennis, running, basketball, dancing, wrestling, football, hockey, and soccer—involve.
Not only can a sports hernia develop from repetitive movement; it can also happen as a result of a sudden twisting motion. When a sports hernia occurs, it can cause truly debilitating pain that remains persistent and can threaten the performance of many athletes. Because these injuries are severe and have the potential to hurt an otherwise great sports career, it’s very important for athletes to do their best to prevent sports hernias from happening.
What’s one of the best ways to prevent a sports hernia?
Stretching! Do this before engaging in any type of sport—or any strenuous activity, for that matter. When you stretch, you’re helping your muscles become more flexible and therefore less…
Sports Hernias Past 50
Although Sports Hernias are mostly associated with athletes in their prime (ages 24-40), this painful condition can occur in teenagers and those over the age of 50. Theses injuries do not discriminate based on age.
While the main cause of developing a Sports Hernia is repetitive, rapid changes in direction while playing sports, age can assist in causing the issue as well. Why? Because a Sports Hernia tends to develop when a weak spot in a muscle gets stressed and rips. This damage creates pain and weakness. A Sports Hernia feels like a sharp pain in the lower abdomen, groin, thigh or testicles (in men). This pain gets worse when playing sports, exerting energy or exercising, and can also be felt while lifting or during a cough, laugh or sneeze.
The beginning symptoms of a Sports Hernia will often start with pain in the lower groin…
Don’t Ignore Your Intuition
There are several reasons why athletes may not get their Sports Hernia taken care of as soon as the injury happens or is suspected. For one, they may not actually realize they have one. They may think they’ve strained a muscle, pinched a nerve, torn a ligament, or sprained something, and they may think that the problem will just repair itself. Sports Hernias can mimic the pain of other problems, so ignoring the pain for a while is common among our patients.
Another reason Sports Hernias go untreated is because athletes aren’t familiar with what it is or how seriously it can affect their performance when playing. They may just feel an unfamiliar pain, and hope it will eventually go away.
Sometimes Sports Hernias aren’t properly treated because they’re misdiagnosed. Sports Hernias are still “new news” to some people—even some doctors—and as a result, they often…
Why It’s Worth the Trip to California to Fix Your Sports Hernia
If you have been diagnosed with a sports hernia, your next step should be finding the best surgeon to fix your injury. There are many nerves, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, it is important to choose a specialist who knows exactly what they’re doing.
One of the best sports hernia specialists in the world practices in Fremont, California, south and east of San Francisco. Dr. William Brown has been focusing on sports hernias for nearly 20 years and has earned a reputation with athletes for his repair technique and recovery protocol. Dr. Brown is the surgeon for the San Jose Sharks, the San Jose Earthquakes, and most of the local college teams. And he has cared for athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, NBL and the United States Soccer League.
Besides the peace of mind of getting…
Fremont, CA — (RELEASEWIRE) –07/27/2017 — Renowned sports hernia specialist, Dr. William (Bill) Brown, performed surgery in mid-June on Sacramento Republic FC midfielder, Adam Moffat, to repair a sports hernia. Moffat’s injury occurred earlier in the season, and he is expected to be available for play after an eight- to ten-week recovery period.
This past season, Moffat played 383 minutes in his six appearances with four starts for the soccer team. He played for the New York Cosmos before joining Sacramento Republic FC in the 2015 season, where he’s played since.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the Sacramento Republic Soccer team over the years, and I am honored that the team allows me to care for their players. The coach and management always want the best care for their athletes and support my decisions. John Duncan is the head trainer for the team. He always does a…
A Sports Hernia by Any Other Name is Still as Painful
A sharp, shooting pain around the groin that gets worse when you sneeze, exercise, cough, lift something heavy, or play sports. Could be anything. Could be a pulled muscle, an overworked area, a strained ligament. But what if it doesn’t go away, even after you have rested given the injury a chance to heal?
It could be very possible that it’s a sports hernia injury. This often-misdiagnosed condition affects many athletes, but very few can immediately pinpoint it. In fact, very few doctors even know what they’re looking for. Regardless, it’s a very real, very painful condition for those suffering.
The pain associated with sports hernias typically feels like a sharp pain in the lower groin area, the thigh, or the testicles. The pain is usually only on one side, and may get temporarily better if the athlete takes…