Sports Hernia – Tennis

Tennis Anyone?

The Hernia Guide for Tennis Players

Tennis players are aware that common injuries of their game can include rotator cuff tears, stress fractures, ankle sprains, patellar tendonitis, and of course, tennis elbow. But tennis can also cause another very painful—albeit lesser-known—injury: the Sports Hernia.

What is it, exactly? And how is it different than a regular hernia?

A regular hernia happens when intestines push through a hole in the muscles.  The resulting bulge that can become painful.

However, a Sports Hernia occurs when there is a tear of adductor longus tendon or a tear of one of the oblique muscles.  These tears develop from sheer forces that high-intensity and twisting movements develop.  High level tennis players are prone to this type of injury.

Why are tennis players at risk of a Sports Hernia?

Tennis is one of the biggest triggers for Sports Hernias because of the repetitive twisting and turning…

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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