Sports hernia (also known as ‘Sportsman Hernia’ or ‘Hockey Groin’) is a common injury primarily affecting professional footballers, hockey players, or track athletes. Over 90% of such cases occur gradually with no fixed cause, whereas a few cases of sports hernia occur due to a traumatic incident such as being checked from behind while playing hockey or turning at high speeds to kick/play with the ball. Even fitness enthusiasts and non-athletes can experience sports hernia.
What Exactly is a Sports Hernia?
Hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias are more common in the abdominal region, but can also occur in the upper thigh, groin and belly button areas. Sports Hernia, on the other hand, does not fit into the above-mentioned category. Injuries that include tears and weakening in the deep layers of the abdominal wall come under sports hernia. Repetitive hip and pelvic movements typical in sports can cause injuries to the lower abdominal areas.
Other Defining Characteristics:
Chronic groin pain is the biggest symptom of a sports hernia. The pain is usually restricted to one side of the groin. You could also experience pain in the groin upon sneezing and coughing, pressure on the lower abdominal region, and pain while doing sit-ups. If such types of pain do not dissipate with ample rest, then you should get yourself examined by a physician immediately.