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PhysioRoom.com Presents – The Gilmore Support Shorts

Groin injury recovery with the Gilmore Support Shorts

Athletes are forever in the wars, some may even say that it comes as part of the territory. So much so that a host of sports specific injuries have now become prefixed with some form of sporting moniker; Boxerֳ Thumb, Tennis Elbow, Runners Knee, Footballers Dignity. The list goes on.

Though the above are by no means confined to their prefixed sport, one injury has become so common throughout such a wide variety of sports that it needs an all over more general prefix: The Sports Hernia.

Sending shivers down the spine of just about every athlete who uses their lower limbs, the sports hernia is a difficult injury to diagnose and manage. And until recent times, the injury known in the technical sphere as Gilmoreֳ Groin was a career threatening injury that side-lined many professional footballers.

Following a surge in football based groin injuries, famed Harley Street surgeon Dr Jerry Gilmore titled the commonly known sports hernia Gilmoreֳ Groin following repeated occurrences of the condition which he first named in 1980.[1] Working extensively within the field of groin support and rehabilitation, Gilmore has since been a primary instigator in the creation of the Gilmore Support Shorts which are designed to help alleviate and recover the patient from the condition. But we֬l talk more about that later.

What is it?

Gilmoreֳ Groin˩s a condition that affects athletes (and sedentary folk) who expose the area of the pubic joint to some form of extreme over extension when twisting or changing direction.[2] As such it is commonly found in sports where twisting motions are a regular occurrence such as football, boxing and hockey.

The moniker sports hernia is a confusing title as to the associations that go with the term hernia as no actual herniation (protrusion of the muscle wall) takes place. In that respect, the more apt title of Gilmoreֳ Groin seems a more relevant label.[3]

Gilmoreֳ Groin˯ccurs when the oblique abdominal muscles tear through the pressures of overextended adductor muscles.[4]

In such an occurrence, the stronger adductor muscles cause a massive increase in sudden tension in the oblique abdominal muscles which then tear under the pressure. Unlike a regular hernia however, the sports hernia does not create a hole in the abdominal wall which makes it difficult to diagnose.

How can it be treated?

Gilmoreֳ Groin˩s a difficult injury to treat and rehabilitate and may require some form of surgical interference should the condition progress as the severity of the injury determines the level of medical assistance required. Should surgery not be necessary or during post-surgery rehabilitation, a number of training aids may be utilised in order to prevent the advancement of the condition. The most popular and scientific of these however is theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts which have been designed with direct input fromʼa title=”Dr J Gilmore” href=”http://www.physioroom.com/experts/expertupdate/biography_jerry_gilmore.php” target=”_blank”>Dr Jerry Gilmore himself.

How do the Gilmore Shorts work?

Theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts are scientifically designed to be a fully functional and dynamic training and rehabilitation aid for sufferers of a number of conditions including; Gilmoreֳ Groin, Inguinal Disruption, Adductor Muscle issues, Athletic Pubalgia and Pubic Symphasis support.

Gilmore Training Short

Gilmore Training Short

Theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts feature a number of technological advances such as the anatomically designed graded compression that targets specific areas such as the groin, adductors and the hamstrings. With a wicking fabric which is designed to increase blood flow to the area whilst maintaining optimum blood flow theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts offer temperature control and continued warmth which can assist in rehabilitation and injury avoidance.

Anatomically designed to stabilise the pelvis and control the groin during exercise, theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts prevent overstretching and promotes blood flow to the groin region, keeps the area limber and ensures adequate blood flow. Having been designed by one of the most recognisable names in groin injury rehabilitation, theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts have fast become a number one selling product throughout the sporting and recovery world.

Theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts have been embraced by the athletic world from boxing to football and track and field as a simple yet completely usable rehabilitation aid. Athletes such as Manchester Unitedֳ Wilfred Zaha, Team GB and NFL 49ersՠLawrence Okoye and professional boxer Chas Symonds have lauded theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts in the media recently with Zaha in particular being showcased using the Support Shorts in practice and live games of late.

Theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts are available in a number of different varieties depending on the need of the user. The full scaleʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts are designed for recovery post surgery or during the rehabilitation process of Gilmoreֳ Groin and come in 3 varieties; Gilmore Support Shorts, Gilmore Training Shorts and Gilmore Compression Shorts which have different uses within the confines of the condition.

Theʼa title=”Gilmore Support Short” href=”http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Gilmore Support Shorts are an exclusive product to PhysioRoom.com and are available in a number of sizes and colours to suite the needs of the user.

 

How can it be prevented?

A sports hernia occurs due to the natural muscle imbalance in the body. Simply; the obliqueֳ are nowhere near as strong as the adductor muscles. As such, when the adductor muscles are over stretched during a twisting action, the internal obliqueֳ are placed under enormous pressure and can tear. Simply strengthening these muscles will reduce the possibility of this happening through exercises such as: Circle planks, side balance crunches, knee up crunches.

The second point of attack when preventing the sports hernia is to stretch out the adductor muscles to create less of a resistance for the oblique muscles to have to fight against. Exercises that open the entire groin will naturally stretch this part of the body and can help to prevent tension and rupturing of the muscle. Exercises that perform this stretch include: Toe grabs and sideways lunges. For those predisposed to issues concerning the groin, the Gilmore Training Shorts are an exceptionally useful tool for preventing groin injury and providing optimum support during training.

 

 


[1] http://www.gilmoresupportshorts.co.uk/about-us/

[2] http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00573

[3] http://www.sportshernia.com/

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletic_pubalgia

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