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shoelessj
RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
sportshernia,

Recovery for me is still on-going...I'm not the 94% that recovered in 3 months and returned to my sport. I actually think that number is a fallacy because most people who have the surgery are professional athletes and they can spend all day, every day recuperating and rehabbing. I'm definitely able to run and play tennis, but the degree to which I can fully exert myself is somewhat limited...and it's been almost a year.

But tears can take a year to heal...and that's without surgery.

Too, I waited almost 2 years to have the surgery, whereas someone who sought medical opinion quicker, would have a better chance of recovering quickly. The longer you wait, the longer it will take to heal.

After about 3-4 weeks I was walking a lot and starting some very mild, basic yoga/pilates strengthening exercises. I think I tried running at about 2 months...it wasn't until maybe at month 4 that I felt much better. I would take things slowly regardless of what the surgeon tells you...you just can't speed up healing by going to aggressively into rehab. Get to know your body again and be really aware of what motions hurt...modify your lifestyle so you're getting exercise, but not potentially re injuring yourself.

Most people say they are completely healed and back to normal within 3-9 months...it all depends on your body, as everyone has a different recovery period.

I would definitely focus on transversus abdominis workouts, progressively. Get your balance back. Work on your legs and your back. The easiest part is your chest, since that's where most men are the strongest. Go slow, do each exercise correctly. And don't get down if it isn't healing right away...surgery is complicated, especially because of scar tissue.

This recovery period would be a great time to read an enthralling book to keep your mind off of any pain, the healing process, etc.

Let me know what else you'd like to know.

joe

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