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Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares how travel PT professionals can prevent and treat sports hernias

Omaha, NE, (July 24, 2014) - A sports hernia does not fit the traditional definition of a "hernia," as those on travel physical therapy assignments know. Healthcare staffing company, Aureus Medical Group, shares exercises to help prevent and treat sports hernias.

While a common hernia involves an organ or soft tissue that protrudes outside its normal cavity, there is no bulging in a sports hernia. This injury occurs in the form of tears and the weakening in the deep layers of the abdominal wall.

As its name suggests, sports hernias mainly affect athletes who play soccer, hockey, football, and rugby. These activities require a sudden change of direction, placing extreme stress on the lower abdominal area that may cause a strain or tear of the soft tissue.

The tricky part about a sports hernia, also called an athletic pubalgia, is that the symptoms are similar to that of a groin pull, strained abdominal muscle, or other lower trunk injuries. Thus, the condition can be hard to accurately diagnose. About 5 percent of all sports injuries involve groin pain, and 40 to 85 percent of chronic groin pain in athletes may be caused by a sports hernia, according to Core Performance. The condition is more common in males, but it can happen to anyone. 

Preventive exercises

This painful, soft tissue injury can put the brakes on an exercise routine, so here are some exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hip and abdominal area to help avoid it:

Hand walks: To do this exercise, bend over at the waist and place hands into a pushup position, with your back arched. Keeping your knees straight, walk your toes toward your hands. When you feel the stretch in your hamstrings, walk hands back out and repeat.

Glute bridge – one leg: Start by laying on your back on the floor. Facing up, bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle with your heel on the ground while holding your left leg to the chest. Fire your right glute to bridge hips so your weight is supported only by the right heel and shoulders. Hold for a few seconds and return to start position. Repeat.

Read the full article for more preventive and treatment exercises.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.