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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of a sports hernia? And if I think I have it what should I do?

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  • Mark Brown

    Physiotherapist

    Mark is an APA Sports Physiotherapist with over 25 years experience with a special interest and expertise in performance enhancement and injury prevention. View Profile

    Sports hernia / sportsman’s hernia / footballer’s hernia are general terms that can be applied to a number of specific conditions that cause groin pain as a result of weakness in the muscle wall of the abdomen. It is much more common in men that women. Symptoms include pain in the lower abdomen, upper thigh or the testicles that often can be hard to exactly pinpoint, though there can also be point tenderness especially on the pubic bone where the affected muscles attach, and occasionally a palpable lump depending on the type of hernia. Symptoms often develop gradually. Pain is often increased with sporting activities such as kicking are other activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure like coughing or sneezing.

    An accurate diagnosis is essential to direct appropriate treatment so you should consult a Sports Physician or other appropriate doctor or a Sports Physiotherapist for a proper assessment. Depending on the actual type and severity of the injury possible treatments include a specific rehab program, local injections or surgical repair.

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