How About Lowering Your Risk for Sports Hernia Injuries?

Resolutions often focus on being healthier, both physically and emotionally. Get fit. Eat better. Spend more time with family. Drink more water. New Year’s resolutions always seem to follow the same pattern. Change your habits, and you will change your life.

But when we flip the calendar to February, those vague goals are replaced by former bad habits and dealing with everyday life. So this year, consider making a different type of resolution, one that is short and simple, but will have a significant impact on your life. This year, resolve to reduce your risk of a sports hernia injury. Not an athlete? That doesn’t matter.

Anyone can sustain a sports hernia, from professional athletes to Netflix bingers. A sports hernia is one common injury that spans all ages and activities. One occurs when the groin muscles tear. Muscles can tear in almost any situation, but is more common as a result of twists, turns and sudden changes in direction or speed. Think of the quick movements of a soccer player or the sudden impacts in skiing. Even lifting grocery bags out of the car.

Sports hernias can sideline a person for weeks, and recovery requires some work. Rather than deal with the consequences, why not prevent them? You can take small steps every day to reduce your chances of suffering a sports hernia.

First, eat a nutritious, balanced diet. The right foods can not only reduce your risk of injury, but also might help with those other resolutions. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces strain on your muscles, especially in the core abdominal area that is susceptible to sports hernia injury. Eating a healthy mix of foods doesn’t have to be hard. Just remember a few things. Focus on complex, unrefined carbohydrates. Eat plenty of protein, and don’t avoid good fats. Fruits and veggies high in fiber are always a smart choice. Good nutrition is a simple first step toward reducing your risk of injury.

Get active. Maintaining your physical health now means that you’ll face fewer problems later on. Staying active means more than just walking the dog when he gives you a sad face. It can be taking the stairs, joining a new activity or even hitting the gym. To best prevent sports hernias, focus on activities that strengthen your core. Activity in general helps, but it’s exercises like crunches and planks that will help you see the most improvement.

No matter if your original resolution was to cut down on soda or to climb a mountain, now is the time to look ahead. Sports hernia injuries are a real risk for everyone, and it is wise to take steps toward prevention.