The Dancer’s Guide to Sports Hernias
On the surface, one could not find two athletic polar opposites than ice hockey players and dancers. Looking closer however, they share several commonalities in the way they move and strain their torso and groin areas. These movements can cause inguinal disruptions (sports hernias), which is why both hockey players and dancers are prone to this debilitating injury. Indeed, dancers can get sports hernias, just like other athletic professionals.
The similarities don’t end there. Like other athletes, dancers often report that intense pain returns after a few days of rest. Pain is treated as a sprain. The cycle of rest, dance, pain, rest, dance, pain repeats, and the dancer eventually seeks a medical evaluation. Sports hernia dance patients report that the pain is deep and that it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact source. Applying pressure externally, and even coughing, does not recreate…
8 Tips to Prevent a Sports Hernia
The core this. The core that. If you’ve been involved in any sort of physical training in the last couple of years, then know that strengthening your “core” is a key element of fitness. The philosophy behind a strong core is that building your core supports not only your overall health, but the rest of your body’s strength as well.
There is no magic exercise or training regimen that will prevent a sports hernia. That being said, a strong core could lower your chances of this type of injury. The core is your trunk and torso, exactly where sports hernias occur. They are a result of weakened muscles in the abdomen area. Powerful hits or strain in the lower abdomen are a common cause for sports hernias, which is why they’re prevalent in soccer, hockey, dancing and other activities with similar movement.
Hormones are the chemical messengers and regulators in our body. After the age of 50 these levels drop significantly. Previously, physicians just have accepted this as a part of the natural aging process. But if these hormone levels are replaced back to levels that we enjoyed when we were 30 years old, there is documented significant health benefits. Weight loss. Increase of muscle mass. Improved immune system. Increase in cognitive skills. Return of libido. More energy. Increased bone density. Healthier skin. Decrease in visceral fat. Decrease in blood lipids.
Every older athlete needs to consider bio identical hormone replacement at some part of his health regimen.
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The best single test to evaluate for athletic pubalgia is an MRI with the athletic pubalgia protocol. If your doctor is unfamiliar with the protocol, below is a link to an article discussing how to do the MRI and how to interpret the images. On page 9 the MRI settings are listed.
You may print the article and give to your radiologist:
The Sport Hernia Rehab program for the Montreal Canadians is very similar to the one I advise, though more aggressive at the start:
Days 1 & 2:
- Isometric exercises
- Abdominal crunches
- Straight leg raises
- Stationary bike