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It is a simple fact that heavy resistance training and even endurance training increases our susceptibility to getting hemorrhoids. If you lift weights, you are in danger of developing hemorrhoids and that risk develops as you age. The age discussion becomes important as today’s athletes and those with active lifestyles are choosing to maintain these activities for a far longer basis, thus increasing your risk. At age fifty about half of us will have hemorrhoids. In addition to age, history of pregnancy and obesity are also primary risk factors. For the purposes of this article, we will skip discussion in regards to obesity as we are talking about athletes.

The textbook definition of hemorrhoids is enlarged veins in the anus. Once enlarged these hemorrhoids may become irritated, or even prolapse and become external hemorrhoids. In addition to pain and irritation hemorrhoids may cause bleeding or display as a bloody stool.

If you have ever played baseball, or really any rotational sport, you have experienced some type of groin pain. You have probably had tightness, you may have felt pulls, and you have lost time within your craft because of it. What most don’t know are the actual causes for the issues, the impact it has elsewhere in your body, and easy ways to relieve nagging groin issues. That’s where this article comes in! Groin tightness, also known as adductor tightness, is as common, if not more common than shoulder issues within the baseball and overhead athlete community. The common trend to take care of these issues is to stretch your groin (think groiners and the butterfly stretch) and maybe develop some strength through your glutes with a clam shell or other glute specific exercise. This common protocol might bring temporary relief, but nothing that will actually stick and have a positive impact on performance. To see what really works we need to start with a little deeper understanding of how the adductors work and what is causing the tightness.