Hi Eric, Are there any references of hiatal hernia and weightlifting being related? Thanks.
Date: 19 Mar 2012 05:38
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It is widely believed that a single strenuous activity, such as a heavy lifting episode, is the causative factor of a hernia (i.e., the patient “ruptures” himself). This is questioned by many authorities, however, who feel that physical exertion is less important than commonly believed, as exemplified by the fact that athletes and weightlifters do not seem to have an excessive incidence of hernias. This is a highly controversial area, especially given its ramifications for worker’s compensation issues.
The above text is from the article. Hope that helps for the time being.
Shhh….my common sense is tingling.
Yeah, that pretty much clears it up. A hiatal hernia is due to a weakness that is already present, usually congenital. Although people do often experience their first symptoms after some strenuous lifting, the hernia was likely already there. Again, like the article says, this is not conclusive, but the statistics do not bear out weightlifters (of any stripe) having more hernias. Keep in mind that a hiatal hernia is a hernia in where part of the stomach sticks upward into the chest, through an opening in the diaphragm. It is very unlikely you'd rupture your diaphragm through lifting weights. And hiatal hernia rarely cause symptoms.