Abdominal Muscle Strain — Anyone Experienced This?
A couple of days ago, I was in the gym doing heavy squats. Everything was fine until about the third rep of my second set. While at the bottom of my squat, I felt/heard a “pop” in my abdomen, followed my mild discomfort (not severe pain).
My doctor diagnosed a strain of the abdominal muscles — specifically, a strain of the right exterior oblique muscle at the point of attachment to my ribcage.
I know this sounds like a minor injury compared with some of the other injuries being discussed here, but believe me, it is NO minor injury!!! Everything I do in the gym and on the water (I’m a rower) is now compromised. I can’t weight train without significant pain, can only do light cardio, and even taking deep breaths and/or coughing is painful.
I was wondering if anyone has had a similar injury, and if so would be willing to share their experience? I’d be most interested in how long you needed to recover fully, and how you modified your training to speed recovery.
Thanks for your help!