A sports hernia is also known as a Gilmore’s groin, sportmans hernia, slap shot gut and athletic pubalgia. The condition is named after Jerry Gilmore, a surgeon that first identified the syndrome in 1980. Gilmore’s groin is damage to the tissue that surrounds the inguinal canal.
While gilmore’s groin often occurs in athletes, though it can affect those who are not athletes as well. Sports are often the cause of gilmore’s groin, particular sports such as rugby or soccer that involves twisting movements causing excessive tension in the groin. It is uncommon for swimmers or cyclists.
Gilmore’s groin symptoms include pain within the groin area that is increased by exercises such as running, twisting, sprinting and turning. Stiffness and tenderness may also be experienced as athletes train, especially the day after training.
While training is possible with gilmore’s grain, the condition will likely get worse if training is continued. Therefore, temporarily stopping training is recommended. The athlete should also consult a chiropractor or physiotherapist to make an accurate diagnosis and to begin a rehabilitation program. Treatment involves strengthening the muscles of the pelvic region with a focus on core strengthening exercises.
It is recommended to visit a chiropractor or physiotherapist to undergo a rehabilitation program at the guidance and support of a sports practitioner. If a tailored rehabilitation program is not showing results, then the chiropractor or physiotherapist may refer you to a surgeon for surgery. Following surgery, a 4 – 6 week rehabilitation program is recommended in order to return to training. The rehabilitation program is often tailored around improving the strength and flexibility of the pelvic muscles.
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