Every sport is different, and with every sport comes a different set of concerns in preventing injuries. But what happens when a whole new sport emerges? Over the last few years, the expansion of CrossFit has brought up new questions about the best ways athletes can prevent sports hernias.
This latest exercise craze seems to be a combination of just about every sport imaginable: running, weightlifting, gymnastics, rowing, jumping – the list goes on and on. CrossFit is based on the principle of high-intensity interval training, meaning that athletes participate in a wide variety of activities for short bursts of time. The new “sport” encourages athletes to test their limits and take on more and more intense workouts. While this may be an excellent way to train for nearly any other sport, it also creates new worries about injury prevention.
Sports hernias are caused by sharp, twisting movements and quick…
Skiers & Snowboarders are Susceptible to Sports Hernias
When you play hockey, run, dance, or swim, you’re at risk of suffering a sports hernia injury. Each of these activities includes the fast twisting and turning movements that are responsible for most sports hernias. But just because your sport of choice doesn’t involve the obvious culprits, doesn’t mean you’re safe from sports hernias.
Sudden changes in direction, quick shifting of weight, and rapid movements contribute to sports hernia injuries too. Sound familiar to you snowboarders and skiers?
When swooshing down a slope on skis, added strain is placed on your core to maintain balance. The lower abdominal muscles have to work harder to keep you upright when gravity is pulling you down. The more stress is placed on your lower core and groin area, the higher the risk that you might sustain a sports hernia injury.
Snowboarding requires many of the…
Yet Another Good Reason to Keep Up Those New Year’s Resolution
February can be the month where New Year’s resolutions often go to die. All those promises to cut down or out the foods and habits that sabotage your health lose their importance. As the novelty of the New Year wears off, even the best of us can waver in our resolve. Even if it has become difficult to keep your diet resolutions, the advantages of eating healthy are still significant and worth getting back on track for. A healthy diet not only provides innumerable benefits to your body, but can also help you avoid sports hernia injuries.
An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but it’ll take more than a piece of fruit to keep a sports hernia injury at bay. The refrain that every athlete has heard for years – a balanced, nutritious diet…
Slacking on Your New Year’s Fitness & Exercise Resolutions? Don’t.
January has come and gone! You made your promises to get to the gym, to go on walks, to take the stairs. But now it’s March and you’re starting to slack in your resolve. It might be okay to skip that two-hour dance marathon you had planned to participate in, but now is not the time to give up on your exercise goals. Staying fit and exercising regularly bring innumerable benefits, by not only aiding your physical health, but also reducing your risk for injuries, like sports hernias.
A sports hernia occurs when muscle or tissue in the lower abdomen tears, and can be hard to diagnose. Common symptoms include a visible weakness in the groin area, sharp pain, and chronic aches that return with activity. Sports hernia injuries can sideline athletes for months and often require surgery and physical…
Does Your Age Make You More Prone to a Sports Hernia Injury?
Perhaps, after a long run, an aggressive sporting event, or a simple muscle strain, you feel a pain in your groin or abdomen. It may go away with rest, then return with activity and is painful to the touch. With these symptoms, there’s one likely diagnosis: an inguinal disruption, otherwise known as a sports hernia. While many different things, including your physical condition, core strength and participation in athletics, can influence sports hernias, age can make you more prone to a sports hernia as well.
What is a Sports Hernia?
A sports hernia occurs when a weak spot in the muscle or connective tissue in the abdominal area tears when stressed. Inguinal disruptions usually occur near where the rectus abdominis (six pack muscle) attaches to the pelvis. The damage causes discomfort, pain, and loss of mobility when not…
Essential Foods to Speed Recovery from Sports Hernia Repair Surgery
Every athlete knows that one of the keys to performing at his or her best is a well-balanced, nutritious diet. As the old saying goes “an engine can’t run without fuel,” but many fail to realize that after sports hernia repair surgery the demands on the body are as great or greater than they ever will be on the ice, track, field or in the gym.
Many take the opportunity, since they are sidelined, to take a break from their healthy eating habits. If you’re thinking about joining that camp, don’t. This is one of the worst things you can do and will only prolong your recovery. Not to mention cause you to endure any pain for a longer period of time.
To get yourself back in the game after your sports hernia repair surgery, stick to your healthy eating…