Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast: Sports Hernia

Sports Hernia


Groin pain. Literally can be a pain to deal with as a sports medicine professional. The source and location of the pain can be vague and may lead someone down the wrong path to diagnosis and treatment. Most people in sports medicine have heard of a sports hernia. It is a source of groin pain but can be somewhat of a diagnostic challenge. Today on the podcast, we will cover the so-called sports hernia by a national expert on this topic.


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George Berci: Trials, Triumphs, Innovations

Minnich JM, Hanks JB, Muschaweck U, Brunt LM, Diduch DR. Sports hernia: diagnosis and treatment highlighting a minimal repair surgical technique. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jun;39(6):1341-9. doi: 10.1177/0363546511402807. Epub 2011 Apr 19. PMID: 21505079.

Brunt LM. Hernia Management in the Athlete. Adv Surg. 2016 Sep;50(1):187-202. doi: 10.1016/j.yasu.2016.03.014. Epub 2016 Jun 9. PMID: 27520872.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest Featured Inside this Program

Michael Brunt: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastMichael Brunt: 

Dr. L. Michael Brunt is the Pruett Professor of Surgery and Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is PastPresident of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, past president of the Central Surgical Association, and is current President of the Fellowship Council overseeing Advanced GI Surgical Fellowship training.

Dr. Brunt has over 150 peer reviewed publications and 95 chapters/review articles and articles and over 20 movies, including a documentary film he produced and directed on the life of George Berci, the “father of laparoscopy.”  Clinical and research interests are in clinical outcomes studies in minimally invasive surgery, complex hiatal hernias and reoperative foregut surgery, safety in cholecystectomy, adrenalectomy, sports hernias, and surgical education. A significant part of his practice involves treating collegiate and professional athletes with sports-related groin injuries from across the US and Canada.  He has received the Distinguished Clinician Award from the Washington University School of Medicine, the Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University.

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