Groin pain in athletes

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2006 Dec;5(6):293-9. doi: 10.1097/01.csmr.0000306433.28983.c7.


Groin pain is a common and often frustrating problem in athletes who engage in sports involving kicking, rapid accelerations and decelerations, and sudden direction changes. The most common problems are adductor strain, osteitis pubis, and sports hernia. Other causes must be considered, including nerve pain, stress fractures, and intrinsic hip pathology. There is significant overlap and multiple problems frequently coexist. Accurate diagnosis leads to directed treatment, with rehabilitation focused on functional closed-chain strengthening and core stability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Groin*
  • Humans
  • Pelvic Pain / diagnosis*
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology*