How to Play Sports With a Hernia

There are traditional hernias and sports hernias. A traditional hernia is a protrusion of the abdominal viscera through the abdominal wall. A sports hernia or inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area and is a result of the enlargement of the opening of the inguinal canal. Inguinal hernias are often classified as groin pain. Though surgery is often the chosen treatment for a traditional hernia, conservative methods and rehabilitation may work for a sports hernia. Playing sports with a hernia is possible, though painful.

Play sports with a hernia only after physician clearance (Image: FogStock/Vico Images/Alin Dragulin/FogStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Consult with a physician to determine if the condition is a true or sports hernia.

Step 2

Rest for three to eight weeks if diagnosed with a sports hernia. Surgery is necessary if diagnosed with a traditional hernia.

Step 3

Take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling.

Step 4

Perform abdominal strengthening exercises using the exercise ball if pain free during exercise execution.

Step 5

Play sports with caution. Warm up prior to all sporting activities. Avoid lateral, kicking and twisting movements while playing sports.


Consult with a physician if you suspect you have a sports hernia.

Playing sports is possible with a sports hernia but it can be very painful.

Return to activity only after being cleared by a physician.

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