Summertime and the Living Is Easy…Unless You Have a Sports Hernia
Summer: the wonderful time of year, when the sun is shining, the barbecue grill is hot and the pool (or ocean) beckons for swimming, surfing, etc. Warmer weather is a great excuse to get outdoors and get active. But whether it’s a pickup game of kickball with the family or a quick jog in the morning, innocent summer activity still carries a risk of injury.
We’ve all heard typical summer health warnings a million times – wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Both are true to avoid heat stroke and skin cancer. But considering the increase in outdoor exercise, also there is a higher risk for sports hernias too.
A sports hernia injury can affect both the weekend warrior and the professional athlete. This injury involves a tear in the muscle or tissue of the lower abdomen, near the groin…
Parents’ Guide to Sports Hernias in Teens
Teenagers and sports are seemingly synonymous. Sometimes, it can seem like your kids are going in an endless circle from school, to practice, and to games or competitions. But like with any athlete, preventing injury should be a number one concern, especially for teenagers. With such busy schedules, it can seem like teens often move from one commitment to another quickly, and without taking time to rest or focus on health. Even though teenagers may have a reputation for bouncing back easily, they’re not immune to sports hernia injuries.
With summer training camps and team conditioning coming up, there’s never been a better time to focus on prevention. The usual advice they’ll hear from coaches applies: eat a healthy, balanced diet, drinks lots of water, and pay attention to your health. But when it comes to sports hernias, most teenagers are in the…
Every sport is different, and with every sport comes a different set of concerns in preventing injuries. But what happens when a whole new sport emerges? Over the last few years, the expansion of CrossFit has brought up new questions about the best ways athletes can prevent sports hernias.
This latest exercise craze seems to be a combination of just about every sport imaginable: running, weightlifting, gymnastics, rowing, jumping – the list goes on and on. CrossFit is based on the principle of high-intensity interval training, meaning that athletes participate in a wide variety of activities for short bursts of time. The new “sport” encourages athletes to test their limits and take on more and more intense workouts. While this may be an excellent way to train for nearly any other sport, it also creates new worries about injury prevention.
Sports hernias are caused by sharp, twisting movements and quick…
There are No “Stupid Questions”
Sports hernias are some of the most common injuries suffered by athletes, but some of the least understood by physicians. In all sports, injury prevention is key, and avoiding sports hernias is no exception. But how can athletes work toward preventing sports hernias while knowing so little about the injury itself?
Sports hernia injuries are complicated. They’re painful, they’re difficult to describe, and they don’t go away, no matter how much you ice that area. Recovery is often a long, frustrating path. Even the first step, finding a doctor with the right expertise to diagnose a sports hernia, can be more difficult than expected. But the first step is the most important, as it’s the right doctor who can get you back to your prime.
Ask questions and gather accurate information. An experienced sports hernia specialist like Dr. Brown is a terrific source.…
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You have recurring pain, restricted movement, and you’re on the bench… a lot. What’s wrong with you? Quite possibly a sports hernia. The injury occurs when abdominal muscles tear, which often happens thanks to sharp, twisting movements. Although sports hernias can be difficult to diagnosis, experienced specialists like Dr. Brown work with athletes to create an individualized plan for recovery.
The most common treatment options are rest, physical therapy and sports hernia repair surgery. Many patients choose to undergo surgery to structurally repair the tissue tear, and often surgery is the most efficient treatment. However, when considering sports hernia repair surgery, it’s important to understand the different types of procedures.
One common method of surgically treating a sports hernia is to use mesh to repair the tear. When you think of mesh, you probably think of an old sports jersey or gym bag. Surgical mesh, however, is very different. The…