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The "sports hernia" is a controversial diagnosis. A conventional hernia is a protrusion through a deficiency in a body cavity with an inguinal hernia being one of the most common hernias in males. Because males have a natural deficiency in their lower abdominal wall for the spermatic cord and testicular vessels, they are predisposed to hernias. Whilst conventional inguinal hernias can occur in athletes, the sports hernia diagnosis is usually made in reference to a player who has chronic groin or lower abdominal pain. This is thought to be a tear of the posterior wall of the inguinal canal (i.e. the conjoint tendon). Hernia surgery may sometimes be required to treat this condition.