Sports Hernia aka Athletic Pubalgia: Episode 66

  • In this episode: Pain in your groin or lower abdomen that gets better with rest but keeps coming back? This is most likely a Sports Hernia, aka Athletic Pubalgia

  • Chip Review: Savoursmiths – Italian Cheese and Port (09:11)

  • Trivia question of the week: In Darts, what is the highest possible score using only 3 darts? (07:44)

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Brief except from the episode:

Sports hernia, is a bit of a misnomer. Really this is a tear of the abdominal wall or a groin muscle right at the pelvis. A hernia can develop when left untreated in late, late stages.
Most tears occur in the oblique muscle, a tear can also occur in the adductor (groin) muscles. These tears occur at the pelvis. So these injuries are often ligament and tendon and therefore take much longer to heal.
The most common symptom is sharp groin pain during sport. This usually happens as a result of twisting hard on a planted foot.
Symptoms will resolve relatively quickly with rest but return quickly if not treated appropriately. The best treatment for this is graded exposure. Performing pain free movements and working further and further into the motion needed for sport.
On occasion a sports hernia will need surgery to correct but most respond well to 6-8 weeks of physical therapy.

Other Episodes you may enjoy:


Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): Episode 9


Core/Abdominal Wall: Episode 35

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis: Episode 28


Core/Abdominal Wall: Episode 35

  • In this episode: What is “The Core”, what is functional core training, what does your abdominal wall do.

  • Chip Review: Trader Giotto’s Cheese Bites, Thank You Kathleen Parker

  • Trivia question of the week: Which NASA space flight was the last manned mission to the moon?

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Yes, we are going to discuss the Trader Giotto’s oven baked Cheese Bites, compliments of Kathleen Parker. Thank you! And we are going to be going over, What is Core? Functional core training, abdominal wall. Core is the inside of an apple. Nice, I like that.
Are there any other fruits you de-core? You de-pit a lot of things. I don’t know. If anyone knows the answer please email us at
The core, abdominal wall. The easy way to think about it is just about any muscle that connects to the pelvis. You always talk about the abdominal muscles. You have a weak core. There are multiple layers of the abdomen. The deepest layer is the transversus abdominis, which gets a lot of physical therapy talk and attention. You also have the rectus abdominis, which is the 6-pack muscle. You have obliques, internal and external. You should not forget about the gluts.
The import thing to remember is that it is any muscle that helps to stabilize you pelvis and spine. I always like to mention the latissimus dorsi and the thoracolumbar fascia. You will see a lot of shortness in the latissimus. Which can lead to increased lumbar extension and then low back pain, especially with overhead athletes.
Doing your share of sit-ups and transversus abdominis contractions. Is not going to change the issues that may come up with a short or tight latissimus dorsi. You have to have length or better yet the right amount of tonicity. Often times that muscle won’t be in spasm but will have increased tone. Due to shoulder instability.
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