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Core Muscle Injuries (Sports Hernia) Physicians

Dr. William Meyers

William C. Meyers, MD has dedicated 25 years to pioneering the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of core muscle injuries, formerly known as athletic pubalgia or sports hernia. Dr. Meyers led the awareness that the whole core muscle complex, inclusive with the hip joint, contributes to the injury which has advanced old terminology such as athletic pubalgia or sports hernia. Treating patients with abdominal or groin injuries stemmed from a unique experience in the 1980s with the U.S. National Soccer Team, Miami Dolphins, and various Olympic athletes. Since then, he has developed a number of variants of the surgical repair for core muscle injuries (athletic pubalgia/sports hernia) and their relationship to the ball and socket hip joint. He has evaluated over 15,000 patients, including professional players from the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Professional Tennis, Professional Golf, Professional Bull Riding, Swimming, Olympic Track and Field, collegiate and recreational athletes.

Dr. Meyers received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency and fellowship at Duke University, subsequently serving 14 years as Chief for various divisions of surgery. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Dr. Meyers was Chairman of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at University of Massachusetts-Worcester. He served as Professor, Chairman of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine from January 2001 until November of 2010. Dr. Meyers has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has received various industry grants for research. He has authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed medical publications, and has authored chapters and edited texts. He also has authored two books.

In 2013, Dr. Meyers established Vincera Institute, a center dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, research and education of core injuries. Full Bio…

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Core Muscle Injuries

What are Core Muscle Injuries?

Core muscle injuries, often called athletic pubalgia, sports hernia, or Gilmore’s groin, are defined as an umbrella term for musculoskeletal injuries involving attachments and/or soft tissue support structures of the pubis that are career ending or threaten quality-of-life. Although often called a “sports hernia”, it is not a hernia.

Most of these injuries occur from hyperextension of the abdomen and hyperabduction of the thighs. Often there are multiple areas of fraying as well as tears that occur both in the abdominal muscles as well as the adductors, involving the longus, brevis, pectineus, and other attachments.

When considering the pubis as a joint, just like the knee or the shoulder, there are a number of musculoskeletal attachments that serve as ligaments and functionally stabilize the joint. There are many variants of core muscle injuries.  Find out more about the different variants of core muscle injuries.

While at Duke University, Dr. Meyers became involved with the University’s various sports programs as well as with some of the national sports teams. As a former athlete himself, Dr. Meyers was sensitive to the physical demands placed upon high performance athletes and the impact of injuries. He developed a particular interest in the area of acute and chronic groin pain. In collaboration with orthopedic and other sports medicine specialists, he developed a methodology for diagnosis and surgical intervention related to treatment of groin pain in high performance athletes.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, most lower abdominal or groin pain was initially treated, unsuccessfully, by performance of a hernia repair. It was not until the mid-80s that Dr. Meyers developed a surgical approach for the treatment of core muscle injuries (sport hernia) by a combination of rectus abdominis reattachment and adductor releases/repairs. In the 90s, Dr. Meyers discovered there were multiple variants of groin injuries that required tailoring of the operations to those specific injuries. Therefore, he further refined the surgical procedure to accommodate these variants.

To date, Dr. Meyers has performed over 11,000 successful pelvic floor repairs to correct core muscle injuries. In addition, recent advances have been made in training protocols for the prevention of injuries consistent with core muscle injuries. With advances in rehabilitation modalities and the surgical pelvic floor repair, most athletes can return to full performance within several weeks after surgery.

Thompson WM, Meyers WC, Seigler HF, Rice RP: Gastrointestinal complications of renal transplantation [radiologic aspects]. Semin Roentgenol 13:319-238, 1978.

Meyers WC, Jones RS: Hyperacidity and hypergastrinemia following extensive intestinal resection. World J Surg 3:539-544, 1979.

Meyers WC, Jones RS: Effect of glucagon and insulin upon biliary lipid secretion. Am J Surg 137:7-12, 1979.

Meyers WC, Kelvin FM, Jones RS: Diagnosis and surgical treatment of colonic endometriosis. Arch Surg 114:169-175, 1979.

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