Nabokov off to fast start after intense rehab
Time and rest were supposed to heal the groin injury that troubled Evgeni Nabokov last season, but time and rest weren’t getting the job done. So in late July, the Sharks goalie approached trainer Ray Tufts. Maybe somebody should take a second look.
That second look discovered a sports hernia in need of surgical repair.
Within a few days, the procedure was done. Next came an intense rehab program — Pilates included — that ended up cutting weeks off the standard recovery time.
All of which has helped transform Nabokov from a struggling goalie last spring to one who has been perfect at home this fall: two games, 58 saves, two shutout victories.
“Yeah, I feel good now,” said Nabokov, who will try to extend his hot streak at HP Pavilion tonight against the undefeated Minnesota Wild. “So far, so good.”
The groin injury that is called a “Sports Hernia” by many physicians is a real problem for athletes. But unfortunately, very few surgeons (especially in the US) understand the problem. This leads to many athletes receiving inadequate evaluations and treatments. I have cared for many athletes who have suffered with a “Sports Hernia” for years and have seen many “Specialists” before they finally had the right diagnostic tests performed and the injury adequately treated. In reviewing the information available on the Internet, it was obvious that much of the information out there was wrong. There was no one place where an athlete or physician could find the information they needed and information that they could rely on.
My goal in developing “SportsHernia.Com” was to provide a place where athletes and physicians could find the current information they needed to make the right decisions. “SportsHernia.Com” discusses the problem in a concise…
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Dr. William Brown, MD