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

Sorry for not responding sooner to the questions you posed back on page 85. It's been a while since I checked in on this board.

My PT regimen started with very gentle stretching (hands-on by the therapist) and massage, combined with electrical stimulation, laser light therapy and ultrasound.

The stretching exercises included bent-over hamstring stretches holding a small pad between the knees, prone abdominal twists (hips rotated so one touches the ground and one points to the sky) and seated groin stretching (slowly opening the hips, using big roller pads underneath the thigh to gradually increase the stretch).

We then went to some mild strengthening exercises. These included bridging with a kegel contraction, planks and squats with a ball between my back and the wall. The strengthening got a bit harder, bringing in some resistance work-- lifting my knee in front of me with the weight cord attached to my ankle, ab crunches seated on a ball and crunches lying on my back holding a hand weight and lifting both my hand and foot (opposite sides) to meet above the middle of my body. I'd occasionally feel a little pain during the harder strengthening exercises but mostly could work through it and felt fine walking around and going through daily-life activities.

At the end of therapy my PT worked in platform exercises with lateral movement designed to mimic skating motions -- right and left strides, crossovers, etc. Then I started doing squats with medium weight.

I felt good but as soon as I tried to start skating again the pain came back. I took some time off, shut it down again, then did another round of PT, with similar results.

Hope that helps.

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