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A sports hernia is not a true hernia but a tear or disruption of the muscles and tendons in the groin, which typically occurs in athletes.
A Sports hernia is not a true hernia but a tear or disruption of the muscles and tendons in the groin. It typically occurs in athletes, hence the name Sports hernia. The condition is also called a Sportsman’s Hernia or Gilmore’s Groin. The latter term may be more accurate as the condition is not a true hernia. The injury may include any or all or the following:
The injury is relatively common in athletes who participate in those sports which involve twisting movements or sports which place strain on the groin. Playing football is the most common cause of this injury. However, it is seen in athletes who participate in everything from running to ice-hockey. It is much more common in men compared to women.
No two individuals will have identical symptoms. However, those with the condition typically complain of some or all of the following symptoms:
In most cases, a diagnosis is reached after taking a history and performing a thorough examination. Tenderness is frequently elicited by gently pushing the little finger up through the scrotum in to the superficial inguinal ring which is tender and wider than normal. Adductor weakness is also present in 40% of cases. On occasion this may also require surgical treatment.
X-rays or scans of the pelvis are also usually performed in order to exclude hip problems or inflammation of the pubic bone.