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05-10-2011, 04:24 PM
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Just for clarification, a sports hernia is a specific herniated groin muscle. What you're describing in a lower abdominal or adductor is just a (potential) hernia.

The difference in a hernia and a strain/tear is that hernia is when tissue has moved through a hole or other weakness in the muscle wall while a strain/tear is just the stretching or tearing of the muscle tissue with no other tissue coming through it. Most hernias have a visible or palpable bulge, though not all of them do.

Given that you have nothing bulging, I'd guess you have an abdominal + groin strain, which can be just as nasty in terms of recovery. NHL players are out 4-8 weeks depending on the severity of the strain. The time it takes for recovery depends on the severity of the injury (stretching vs. partial tear vs. full tear, though you would almost certainly know if you have a full tear).

This is a good article on abdominal strains:

Good article on the adductors:

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