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) Inflammation and sometimes degeneration of the pubic bone
- Inguinal wall hernia is an insufficiency or tearing 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.
For more information, see your local Lifecare practitioner.
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