Groin injuries in athletes

Am Fam Physician. 2001 Oct 15;64(8):1405-14.


Groin injuries comprise 2 to 5 percent of all sports injuries. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to prevent these injuries from becoming chronic and potentially career-limiting. Adductor strains and osteitis pubis are the most common musculoskeletal causes of groin pain in athletes. These two conditions are often difficult to distinguish. Other etiologies of groin pain include sports hernia, groin disruption, iliopsoas bursitis, stress fractures, avulsion fractures, nerve compression and snapping hip syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Muscles / anatomy & histology
  • Abdominal Muscles / injuries*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Family Practice*
  • Groin / anatomy & histology
  • Groin / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Pelvis / anatomy & histology