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 2. 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.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

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

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

Take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling.

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

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.