Sports Hernia – Skiing & Snowboarding

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…

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…

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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