Hi Glenn. I’ve been reading your stuff and following your coaching for quite a while. My question to you (but anybody else with coaching or personal experience please feel free to share) concerns my son who was diagnosed with a small hernia on the white line really low in the abdomen.
He just turned 15 and has been lifting for 18 months. I am feeling a bit guilty thinking that I might have let his coach push him a bit too much. Before his injury, he was on a program doing 10 sets of 3 in the snatch with 61kgs or 10 X 2 with 77kgs in the CandJ plus a bunch of other exercises, in a workout that took him a little over 2 hrs to finish 3 days per week. He full squats 130kgs , CandJs 90, Snatches 73 at a bodyweight of 84kgs.
At first we thought that it might be a muscle pull or an injury from bumping the bar to his stomach because he only got pain when snatching. I took him to the hospital and the ultrasound revealed a very small hernia but which the doctor said that it needs to be operated. It’s funny in this way because he clean and jerks with no problems, even front squats with no pain or trouble. Anyway, we are scheduled for surgery next Friday. I will ask for a reexamination this Monday but I don’t think that we can avoid surgery.
He insists that he doesn’t want to stop olympic lifting but I am really on a guilt trip and I want to be super careful to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Have you had any experiences with bringing back an athlete from a hernia operation? Any general advice on exercise selection, frequency of training, time back at the gym after the operation, etc?
Many thanks in advance if you take the time to respond.
PS: Myself being a bit of an olympic lifting fanatic and having defended the sport as not being a cause of such injuries to other parents, you can imagine how I feel now about it or how I would feel if it were to happen again.