My college roommate started training serioulsy a few months back. I think I saw him go to the gym maybe once in the 3 years we lived together. He was making great progress until he noticed a bulge at his belly button. He contributed it fast increases in deadlifting in the 2 weeks prior. This got me thinking about hernias and risk factors. How many people have experienced these? I have been training for close to 10 years now and haven't once been concerned about getting one when lifting heavy. Are newbies at more at risk than seasoned strength athletes? Are there genetic factors involved?
Any insight is appreciated.