Moderation in all things
It's pretty clear that all of us sports hernia sufferers share at least one personality trait -- each of us is addicted to exercise.
Another perspective might be that we're all compulsive. Not compulsive gamblers, or compulsive shoppers, but compulsive exercisers or compulsive sports competitors.
If a doctor tells one of us to get some exercise every single day, he might be thinking of a couch potato who likes to lay around all day and who would never heal properly without going outside and moving about some.
But from the posts here at LetsRun, we see that our compulsive mentality is vastly different from an ordinary person who might follow such doctor's orders by walking around the block each morning, a grand, adventurous trip for the average person, cup of coffee in hand.
Instead, we SH compulsives interpret the doctor's suggestion differently, insanely. We think it means we should walk a mile in the morning, then mix in some squats and and hour on stationary bike. That's for the first day. Then we decide to further punish our wound by bumping things up a notch for the second day, when most normal people would actually skip their exercise to let their body become acclimated to it.
A moderate technique - "Rehab by Sample Movements"
I'm thinking that for Sports Hernia, maybe we should be thinking more along the lines of giving the body samples of normal movement each day, so that it can heal the body according to the directions of force it will receive later.
In other words, instead of a soccer player doing his 10th day of rehab by kicking the daylights out of a soccer ball one hundred times, it may make more sense to instead kick a soccer ball very, very gently 2 times every day.
That tells the body, "re-build the fascia matrix so that it can withstand tugging in direction x."
Maybe some light running real soon, but only for 30 yards each day for a few weeks. This makes more sense than thinking we're helping ourselves by running a mile, or 2, or 3 miles in early rehab, beating the heck out of our pelvic tissues while they're under repair. How does such abuse help?
Maybe even a very, very light cutting motion, agility motion, just a few steps each day, in very soft grass, even in the first few days, just to let the body know, as it's laying down its fascia matrix, what directions of force to expect later in life?
I'm going to try this approach in about a week or two from now. I'll try to post the results.
Anyway, just some thoughts. Just some conjecture. Am I missing something here?