Diet & Excercise

Need a New Resolution Already?

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…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Winter Weather and Sports Hernia Prevention

sports hernia prevention in the winter

Winter: depending on where you’re from, it can be the season of snow and sledding, or just sun and festive holiday spirit. But no matter what weather your winter brings, it also brings with it an increased risk for injury. During the colder months, we tend to stay inside longer and exercise less. Decreased activity puts you at risk for sustaining an injury during even normal activities.

A sports hernia is one type of those hidden injuries. A sports hernia injury happens when there is a tear in the abdominal muscles, usually caused by a sudden change in direction or twisting movement. They can happen in all sorts of situations and all types of activities, including running, swimming even heavy lifting. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders may be at an increased risk.

To ensure that your winter goes smoothly, make sure to be…

Post Sports Hernia Surgery

Making the Most of Your Post-Sports Hernia Surgery Recovery Time

It’s been a long road to get to this point. Waiting in doctors’ offices, listening to options, and finally deciding on surgery. Once the operation goes well, it can seem like you’re in the clear. It might be tempting to speed through your post-operation plan and get back to doing what you love as soon as possible. But neglecting your recovery is the easiest way to find yourself injured all over again.

Recovering from a sports hernia isn’t the easiest task in the world, but it’s a downhill slope. You’ve already been through the toughest parts, so why stop now? Rehabilitation is far from an inconvenience – it’s the key to getting back to full strength.  

An experienced sports hernia specialist is the best person to guide you through recovery. Dr. William Brown and his team create a specialized recovery…

Sports Hernia But Don’t Play Sports?

A Guide to Sports Hernias for Those Who Don’t Play Sports

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Even the most avid couch surfers among us are familiar with at least a few common sports injuries. Ones like a torn ACL, a sprained ankle or a bruised bone or two. One that most of us wouldn’t recognize? A sports hernia.

A sports hernia injury happens when the muscles in the groin area tear. Strain and sudden movements place stress on these tissues, and if the movement has enough force, the muscles can and will tear. This can happen with any sport or activity, from professional hockey to moving heavy boxes. The most common causes are twisting and turning movements, extreme pressure or weight, and quick changes in movement or direction.

Sports hernias are both uncommon and difficult to diagnose. The most common symptom is pain. Sports hernia pain may fade with rest and time, but returns when…

Children and Sports Hernias

It’s Back to School and Back to Sports

Children and sports hernias

Backpacks are filled with fresh supplies. It’s time for students to head back to school, and back to school sports. Football games, cross country meets, and seemingly endless practices. Keeping up with both schoolwork and athletic commitments can be tough for students, and preventing injury is often the last thing on their minds.

With so many kids playing sports during the school year, we’ve all heard about the dangers of heat exhaustion or overworked muscles. Football, volleyball and field hockey to water polo, all sports carry the risk of another less heard of injury in young athletes: a sports hernia.

A sports hernia injury can happen to athletes of all ages, and in nearly any sport. This type of injury happens when the muscles in the groin area tear under stress from movements, such as. switching directions quickly, twisting and turning, or…

Your Summertime Guide to Avoiding Sports Hernia Injuries

Summertime and the Living Is Easy…Unless You Have a Sports Hernia

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Summer: the wonderful time of year, when the sun is shining, the barbecue grill is hot and the pool (or ocean) beckons for swimming, surfing, etc. Warmer weather is a great excuse to get outdoors and get active. But whether it’s a pickup game of kickball with the family or a quick jog in the morning, innocent summer activity still carries a risk of injury.

We’ve all heard typical summer health warnings a million times – wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Both are true to avoid heat stroke and skin cancer. But considering the increase in outdoor exercise, also there is a higher risk for sports hernias too.

A sports hernia injury can affect both the weekend warrior and the professional athlete. This injury involves a tear in the muscle or tissue of the lower abdomen, near the groin…

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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