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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
dragon664 -

I've been struggling with this sports hernia. I started much like you only a few months ago. I was doing plenty of basketball, then one day did a lot of abs work, and boom. My symptoms are much like yours. In addition, I have pain in my left groin often when I step off with that foot.

I too have spent much time reading this thread. My opinion is that you have to be INSANE to go for surgery. Here in this thread we see person after person choosing surgery out of desperation, and then struggling after surgery, and never, ever, EVER getting back to where they really wanted to be, permanently.

Surgery is permanent. You can't have it undone. You can't go back.

I've been having good results this week by gently stretching my hamstrings.

I remember a movie about the America-Vietnam War where it is said the pucker factor was very high there. I think you know what that means. That's what stress does to humans. Gives you a high pucker factor.

My theory is that a tiny injury (tear) in the lower tendon of the abdominals either gives one a high pucker factor, or else a high pucker factor from other factors makes abdominal tendon injury more possible. But in either case, the athlete can't heal unless the pelvic floor muscles are daily in a relaxed mode. Instead, in an injured athlete, those muscles are all uptight, even at night when the body is supposed to be healing.

I'm slowly teaching myself how to relax the muscles at the bottom of the pelvic floor. Those muscles are near the muscles that any animal must RELAX to crap or fart. Not the same muscles, but adjacent. Relax is the key word. I have only slight control over those muscles, but when I relax them, I can step off with my left foot without the groin pain, a tiny miracle.

Please, dragon, don't rush to surgery. It's tempting, I know, because the mind wants to believe in happiness. But if one spends 15 or 20 hours reading all the posts in this long thread, like I have, one cannot but conclude, with certainty, that surgery is an understandable, but wrong and very permanent decision for true sports hernia.

I'm 58 yrs old now. I'm slowly making progress in understanding this cursed sports hernia. I can tell you SH is part physical injury, part mental fear and despair, and part failure of the relaxation system in the pelvic floor muscle network.

I've made good progress this week. Please don't go towards surgery. I'll let you know in a few more days if my good progress continues.

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