Think You Might Have a Sports Hernia?

When to Seek Treatment for a Suspicious Groin Injury

Do you have a nagging pain in your lower abdomen, groin, thigh, or testicles that simply won’t go away and is really affecting your athletic performance?   Do your core muscles feel weak? Can you no longer accelerate like you used to? If so, this is a big problem. You may very well might be dealing with a sports hernia.

If you don’t know what a sports hernia is, you’re not alone. Even many doctors haven’t heard of a sports hernia—and there are some doctors who don’t believe they exist.  However, they most certainly exist, and they are painful.

Sports hernias develop from the repetitive turning, twisting, and fast movements that athletes make when playing. They can happen to just about anyone, no matter what level of athlete you are, or how in shape you may be.

A sports hernia can be…

Age Discrimination and Sports Hernias

Sports Hernias Past 50

Although Sports Hernias are mostly associated with athletes in their prime (ages 24-40), this painful condition can occur in teenagers and those over the age of 50. Theses injuries do not discriminate based on age.

While the main cause of developing a Sports Hernia is repetitive, rapid changes in direction while playing sports, age can assist in causing the issue as well. Why? Because a Sports Hernia tends to develop when a weak spot in a muscle gets stressed and rips. This damage creates pain and weakness.   A Sports Hernia feels like a sharp pain in the lower abdomen, groin, thigh or testicles (in men). This pain gets worse when playing sports, exerting energy or exercising, and can also be felt while lifting or during a cough, laugh or sneeze.

The beginning symptoms of a Sports Hernia will often start with pain in the lower groin…

Do You Have a Nagging Suspicion You Have a Sports Hernia?

Don’t Ignore Your Intuition

There are several reasons why athletes may not get their Sports Hernia taken care of as soon as the injury happens or is suspected. For one, they may not actually realize they have one. They may think they’ve strained a muscle, pinched a nerve, torn a ligament, or sprained something, and they may think that the problem will just repair itself. Sports Hernias can mimic the pain of other problems, so ignoring the pain for a while is common among our patients.

Another reason Sports Hernias go untreated is because athletes aren’t familiar with what it is or how seriously it can affect their performance when playing. They may just feel an unfamiliar pain, and hope it will eventually go away. 

Sometimes Sports Hernias aren’t properly treated because they’re misdiagnosed. Sports Hernias are still “new news” to some people—even some doctors—and as a result, they often…

A Rose is a Rose?

A Sports Hernia by Any Other Name is Still as Painful

A sharp, shooting pain around the groin that gets worse when you sneeze, exercise, cough, lift something heavy, or play sports. Could be anything. Could be a pulled muscle, an overworked area, a strained ligament. But what if it doesn’t go away, even after you have rested given the injury a chance to heal?

It could be very possible that it’s a sports hernia injury. This often-misdiagnosed condition affects many athletes, but very few can immediately pinpoint it. In fact, very few doctors even know what they’re looking for. Regardless, it’s a very real, very painful condition for those suffering.

The pain associated with sports hernias typically feels like a sharp pain in the lower groin area, the thigh, or the testicles. The pain is usually only on one side, and may get temporarily better if the athlete takes…

Summertime Safety

Warming Up to Warm Weather Sports Without Injury

It’s heating up all over the country, and for many, that means taking up summer sports again. With these warm seasons come tennis, running, basketball, and soccer, among others. Warmer weather also brings more activity for weekend warriors who love to spend their spare time being active.

Because so many are getting back into their sports habits, it’s a good time of year to be very aware of recognizing the signs of a sports hernia. A sports hernia can be a “hidden” injury since it’s not noticeable by the eye—only by the pain it causes. (Regular hernias can be detected by a bulge under the skin, but sports hernias do not have a bulge.)

Sports hernias develop due to the repetitive, quick movements that many sports require, as well as athletic twisting and turning while playing. And summertime is a good…

Just What is a Sports Hernia?

The Anatomy of a Sports Hernia

Did you know that athletes can get a specific type of hernia that’s different than a regular hernia? It’s called athletic pubalgia, or more commonly, a “sports hernia.” This type of hernia gets its name from the fact that it develops from the movements athletes perform to play sports: the repetitive turning, twisting, and fast movements that come with tennis, running, basketball, wrestling, football, hockey, and soccer. Although sports hernias are associated more with professional players, they can also develop in anyone who is physically active in sports.

A sports hernia occurs when a tendon, a muscle or a ligament in the lower abdomen or groin tears. Although having more developed core muscles helps, even players in absolute great shape can develop a sports hernia.

Because a sports hernia doesn’t create a bulge under the skin like a regular hernia does—and in fact doesn’t…

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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