Imaging review of groin pain in elite athletes: an anatomic approach to imaging findings

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Oct;191(4):962-72. doi: 10.2214/AJR.07.3410.


Objective: Groin pain in elite athletes is a common yet challenging diagnostic and management dilemma for the sports clinician, accounting for a significant proportion of athletic injuries. It is often debilitating and, if severe enough, may compromise an athlete's career. Traditionally, groin pain has been poorly understood by radiologists.

Conclusion: A major reason groin pain has been misunderstood is the complexity of the anatomy of this region, which this article discusses in detail in an effort to inform the reader.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Groin / anatomy & histology*
  • Groin / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Pain / diagnosis*
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods


  • Contrast Media