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How to Play Sports With a Hernia

author image Sha Buckines
Sha Buckines is a freelance writer, fitness and nutrition expert based in Atlanta. She has trained celebrity clients as well as business professionals since 2001. She obtained her B.S. in exercise science from Georgia State University, is American College of Sports Medicine certified and teaches group fitness classes.
How to Play Sports With a Hernia
Play sports with a hernia only after physician clearance Photo Credit: FogStock/Vico Images/Alin Dragulin/FogStock/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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