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Your Guide to Understanding Sports Hernias and the
 Medical Treatment of
 Sports Hernias
by William Brown, MD
Advanced Medical Treatment for Sports Related Hernias

Articles by Others

Sports Hernia: Definition, Evaluation, and Treatment

I am proud to announce that a review article on Sports Hernias was published in in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

I helped write and edit the article with Dr. Justin Hopkins and Dr Cassandra Lee at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Davis. Dr. Hopkins and Dr. Lee are very knowledgeable and experienced surgeons and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope that you enjoy the article and if there are questions, please to not hesitate to contact me.


Rehabilitation of Sports Hernia

Involving Adductor Tenotomy, Ilioinguinal Neurectomy and Osteitis Pubis

An appendix follows this protocol for examples of exercises in each phase of rehabilitation.  There is little research available on the protocol for sports hernia rehabilitation.  The following protocol is what I have found to be successful in rehabilitation of a post operative sports hernia repair.

Additional information and resources can be attained through Dr. Brown at (https://www.sportshernia.com/meet-dr-brown/) or through my contact information listed below:

Ryan Monagle, PT, DPT
Personally Fit, Inc.


Download the Rehabilitation of a Sports Hernia protocol (pdf format).

We thank Ryan Monagle for this submission and valuable contribution.

A Healing Diet for Sports Hernia Surgery

Jerry Deutsch has kindly put together the following nutrition information:

A Healing Diet for Sports Hernia Surgery

High biological value proteins that are easy to digest:

  • White fish: tilapia, cod, dover sole
  • White meat chicken, and turkey
  • Micronized whey or whey isolate powder for smoothie preparation

Complex carbohydrates: White basmati rice, quinoa, thick rolled oats (which confer excellent soluble fiber) yams and sweet potatoes, winter squashes such as acorn, butternut and delicata varieties. Ezekiel bread (fully sprouted).

San Jose Shark’s Goalie Benefits From Sports Hernia Surgery

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.”


William Brown, MD
Sports Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been performing sports hernia surgeries and providing specialized rehabilitation programs since 1999.

His clients include the San Jose Sharks, San Jose Sabercats and the San Jose Earthquakes sports teams as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, NBL and the United States Soccer League. Athletes from all over the United States as well as from 15 foreign countries have sought out Dr. Brown's expertise.

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