Successful Recovery for High Jumper

I wanted to thank you for the amazing repair that you did on my sports hernia.

It has been a year this month and I just won the silver medal in the world championships! I am forever grateful and could not be happier.

Thank you,


Patient Recovers from Sports Hernia Surgery – Competes in Triathalon

Hello Dr. Brown,

I wanted to give you an update on how I’ve progressed since you repaired my torn right internal/external oblique muscles the first week of February (2011).

I approached my rehab conservatively concentrating on strengthening my core muscles, improving hip range of motion, and undergoing several head to toe deep tissue massage sessions to address problem areas such as my adductors. I was able to return to light swimming and biking in March and gradually added in some light trail running. My return to running has focused using proper form concentrating on forefoot striking with shorter strides (vs. heel striking and over-striding). I’ve also bought into the minimalist running shoe philosophy which aids in a more natural, shock absorbing, forefoot strike. This past Sunday I competed in my first triathlon since surgery and did surprisingly well, finishing 15th out of 107 in my age group!

Sports Hernia Rehabilitation

The Sport Hernia Rehab program for the Montreal Canadians is very similar to the one I advise, though more aggressive at the start:

Days 1 & 2:

  • Rest

Days 2-7:

  • Isometric exercises
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Straight leg raises
  • Stationary bike

Sports Hernia Prevention

Sports Hernia Prevention & Adductor Tendon Injury Prevention

Of the injuries suffered by professional hockey players, injuries to the adductor tendons represent about 10% of the total. Hockey players with weak adductors have a much higher incidence of adductor muscle injuries. If an athlete is placed on a program that focuses on strengthening the adductor muscle group, the incidence of adductor injures falls by a factor of 5.

Warm up:

  • Biking
  • Adductor Stretches
  • Side Lunges
  • Pelvic tilts
  • Strengthening
  • Ball squeezes
  • Concentric adduction
  • Seated adduction
  • Balance board

Source: Nicholas, Stephen J;Tyler, Timothy F. Adductor muscle strains in sport. Sports Med (2002) 32: 339-44.

Joey Gjertsen Back to Work

Joey Gjertsen with the San Jose Earthquake Soccer team recently suffered an injury to the adductor longus muscle that extended into the gracilis muscle. The tendons were treated and within a week he was healed and competing.

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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