A sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. It most often comes during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements.
Although a sports hernia may lead to a traditional, abdominal hernia, it is a different injury. A sports hernia is a strain or tear of any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) in the lower abdomen or groin.
Sports activities that involve planting the feet and twisting with maximum exertion can cause a tear in the soft tissue of the lower abdomen or groin.
Sports hernias occur mainly in vigorous sports such as hockey, soccer, wrestling, and football. A sports hernia will usually cause severe pain in the groin area at the time of the injury. The pain typically gets better with rest, but comes back when you return to sports activity, especially with twisting movements.
At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic specialists will treat sports hernias, getting athletes back on the field as quickly as possible. Request a same day appointment with one of our St. Louis or Kansas City orthopedic doctors.