Sportsmen Hernia

  • Salvador Morales-CondeEmail author
  • Moshe Dudai
  • Andreas Koch


Sportsmen hernia (SH) is one of the least understood, poorly defined, and under-researched maladies to affect the human body and is a leading cause of athletes’ retirement from competitive sports. It is more common in high-level athletes, although it could be also present in active young people. It is an obscure condition of uncertain etiology commonly seen in soccer, football, rugby, and ice hockey players. It reflects a compilation of diagnoses grouped together with a wide range of other pathologies that need to be excluded before this should be considered as a diagnosis. The top five causes for groin pain in athletes have been determined in a recent systematic review 7 [1] and include femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) (32%), athletic pubalgia (24%), adductor-related pathology (12%), inguinal pathology (10%), and labral pathology (5%), with 35% of this labral pathology specifically attributed to FAI.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvador Morales-Conde
    • 1
    Email author
  • Moshe Dudai
    • 2
  • Andreas Koch
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit of Innovation in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of General and Digestive SurgeryUniversity Hospital “Virgen del Rocío”SevillaSpain
  2. 2.Surgery, Hernia-ExcellenceRamat Aviv Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Day Surgery and Hernia CenterCottbusGermany

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