What You Need to Know About Sports Injuries

When working out, it is important for you to be aware of your body and to be able to recognize when it is telling you there is a problem.  By knowing what is normal and what is not normal for your body, you will be better able to recognize a sports injury when it occurs.

One type of sports injury that you may face, particularly if you are involved with playing sports such as football, soccer or hockey, is the sports hernia.  When a sports hernia occurs, you typically experience pain in your lower abdomen as well as in the groin area.  For men, the pain may also manifest itself in the testicles.  Regardless of your gender, however, the pain associated with a sports hernia typically increases when you bend forward or when you perform certain physical activities such as running.

Unfortunately, there really is nothing you can do to prevent a sports hernia from occurring, other than deciding not to engage in physical activity.  Obviously, this would lead to a whole other host of physical ailments that would be far worse than a sports hernia. 

Although a sports hernia results when the muscles or tendons within the lower abdominal wall become weak, strengthening these muscles does not help prevent a sports hernia from occurring.  This is because it is not the strength of the muscle but its thickness that determines your susceptibility to a sports hernia.  Therefore, these injuries generally occur in the thinnest areas of the abdominal wall.

If you do develop a sports hernia, your doctor will recommend treating it with rest, anti-inflammatory medication and ice-packs.  If these remedies do not correct the problem, however, surgery may be necessary.  In addition, if you do experience the symptoms associated with a sports hernia, it is important for you to seek help from your doctor because the symptoms associated with this injury are also associated with more serious conditions.  Therefore, you need to be certain you are not suffering from an another condition when these symptoms occur.