Imaging of athletic pubalgia and core muscle injuries: clinical and therapeutic correlations

Clin Sports Med. 2013 Jul;32(3):427-47. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 May 8.


Athletes frequently injure their hips and core muscles. Accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of groin pain in the athlete can be tricky, frequently posing vexing problem for trainers and physicians. Clinical presentations of the various hip problems overlap with respect to history and physical examination. This article reviews clinical presentations and magnetic resonance imaging findings specific to the various causes of groin pain in the athlete. The focus is on the core muscle injuries (athletic pubalgia or "sports hernia"). The goal is to raise awareness about the variety of injuries that occur and therapeutic options.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Hernia, Inguinal / diagnosis
  • Hip Injuries / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Osteitis / diagnosis
  • Pubic Bone
  • Pubic Symphysis / injuries*
  • Pubic Symphysis / pathology
  • Rectus Abdominis / injuries*
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis