Groin Injury



Groin strains are common amongst athletes who compete in sports that involve repetitive twisting, turning, sprinting and kicking. Strain injuries to the groin are among the most common groin injuries in adult male soccer players. Groin strain accounts for 11% to 16% of all soccer injuries. Groin strains are also known from other sports such as ice hockey, running, tennis, rugby, American football, basketball, and others.


Risk Factors

Research highlighted the history of the previous groin injury as one of the main risk factors. They mentioned the reduced relative hip adduction strength, and also reduced sport specific training.

In addition, the Core muscle weakness or delayed onset of transverse abdominal muscle recruitment may increase the risk of groin strain injury. However, there is no strong evidence to support an association for any of these risk factors and groin injury.


3 Grades of Injury

There is a well-established clinical grading system for muscle tears, which has 3 components:

– Grade 1: no loss of function or strength
– Grade 2: severe, with some weakness
– Grade 3: complete muscle tear and complete functional loss


Our Approach:

In Dublin Sports Injury Clinic we are treating many patients with groin pain. While they are getting pain free, we explore the mechanism of the injury and highlight the root of their injury. Strengthening exercises will be a key part of our rehabilitation program. 


Source:  Nicholas SJ, Tyler TF, (2002). Adductor muscle strains in sport. Sports Med, 32(5):339-44.


Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. You can contact us if you would like to book an appointment or get some advice from our therapist.

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