What is it?
Footballer’s groin usually refers to one of three conditions or a combination of them.
The three conditions are:
- Osteitis pubis (OP) Inflamation and sometimes degeneration of the pubic bone.
- Inguinal wall hernia is an insufficiciency or teari n the lower abdomen in the conjoint tendon/inguinal region.
- Adductor tendinitis is inflammation in the groin muscle (adductors) tendon.
What do I look for?
- Pain and tenderness to touch in the pubic, groin, inner thigh or lower abdominal region.
- Pain with running, kicking, situps, coughing and/or kicking.
- Weakness in the adductor muscles.
What causes it?
- Reduced pelvic control and imbalances of the pelvic muscles.
- Over use of the adductors.
- Kicking sports such as football.
When do I see someone for help?
Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan.
Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.
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The hip joint is formed by the head of the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum of the pelvis (a concave dome shaped area in the pelvic bone).
Groin injuries frequently occur in sports involving twisting and turning. There are a number of muscles and tendons in the groin area as well as other structures, which can cause groin injuries. Hence, all groin pain is not the same and not treated the same.