‘Sportsman’s groin’ occurs when the muscles or tendons of the lower abdominal wall are weakened as the result of repeated micro-injuries.
Sportsman’s groin (also known as Gilmore’s Groin, Sportsman’s Hernia, Athletic Pubalgia or Inguinal Disruption) is an injury commonly suffered in kicking sports such as football and rugby, as well as sports that require an individual to maintain a bent forward position such as hockey.
‘Sportsman’s groin’ is thought to occur when the muscles or tendons of the lower abdominal wall are weakened as the result of repeated micro-injuries. This lower part the abdomen is the same region where inguinal hernias occur. However, whereas in inguinal hernias there is sufficient weakening of the abdominal wall to allow a pouch (the hernia) to be evident, in the case of a Sportsman’s groin there is no actual ‘hernia’.
This can make sportsman's groin difficult to diagnose and treat because of the interplay between the hip joint, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This means that very similar symptoms can be caused by a variety of different problems. It is therefore essential that expert treatment is obtained, aided by the latest in imaging technology and assisted by specifically designed physiotherapy programmes.
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Sportsman's hernia surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. The procedure normally takes between 45 minutes to an hour and patients are normally kept in hospital overnight. At Spire Healthcare a minimal repair technique is used for Sportsman's hernia.
Recovery is dependent on the fitness of the patient prior to the surgery however it is normally advised that it will take 6 to 8 weeks to be back to normal. After surgery, it is recommended that patients see a physiotherapist to aid their recovery and rehabilitation.
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