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Could CrossFit Training Cause Sports Hernias?

CrossFit Training and Sports HerniasEvery 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…

Questions About Sports Hernias?

There are No “Stupid Questions”

sports hernia questionsSports hernias are some of the most common injuries suffered by athletes, but some of the least understood by physicians. In all sports, injury prevention is key, and avoiding sports hernias is no exception. But how can athletes work toward preventing sports hernias while knowing so little about the injury itself?

Sports hernia injuries are complicated. They’re painful, they’re difficult to describe, and they don’t go away, no matter how much you ice that area. Recovery is often a long, frustrating path. Even the first step, finding a doctor with the right expertise to diagnose a sports hernia, can be more difficult than expected. But the first step is the most important, as it’s the right doctor who can get you back to your prime.  

Ask questions and gather accurate information. An experienced sports hernia specialist like Dr. Brown is a terrific source.…

Glossary of Sports Hernia Terms: Part 2

With sports hernias so often misdiagnosed and the injury often misunderstood by athletes and physicians alike, it’s helpful having a glossary of sports hernia-related terminology for easy reference.

Fully understanding the underlying issues surrounding sports hernias can help end chronic pain for the athlete and result in a quicker, accurate diagnosis and treatment. Any athlete who suffers chronic groin pain that is aggravated by sports and subsides with rest should be strongly considered to have a sports hernia.

Adductor release: Adductor release involves moving the adductor tendon from its bony attachment to the pubic bone and reattachment to the adductor brevis muscle.  This moves the tendon only a few centimeters, but allows the tendon to heal quickly. It has the added benefit of decreasing the stress on the symphysis pubis and thereby decreasing the pain associated with osteitis pubis.  Athletes do not have any loss of strength and…

Glossary of Sports Hernia Terms: Part 1

A sports hernia is different than a traditional hernia. A sports hernia is a tear or strain of the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments in the groin and lower abdominal wall.  The cause is most often sports that involve acceleration and cutting. 

The physicians have multiple names for this injury such as athletic pubalgia, inguinal disruption, groin strain, Gilmore groin, or sports hernia.  The use of multiple terms for the injury causes confusion among both physicians and athletes.

We compiled a list of common terms used by physicians and sports hernia surgeons, along with their definitions, to help you better understand your injury and diagnosis.

Entrapment of the Ilioinguinal nerve: The ilioinguinal nerve passes between the external oblique aponeurosis and the internal oblique muscle.  Then the oblique muscles tear, this can cause the nerve to be stretch or pinched.  This is called entrapment of the nerve.…

Sports Hernias Don’t Affect Skiers…Do They?

Skiers & Snowboarders are Susceptible to Sports Hernias

skier-snowboarder-can-get-sports-herniaWhen 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…

Diet Supports Sports Hernia Prevention & Recovery

Yet Another Good Reason to Keep Up Those New Year’s Resolution

32305124_sFebruary 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…

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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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