Groin Injury

What Is Adductor Groin Pain?

Groin pain is a common and complex injury in athletes. There are many potential sources of groin pain, so let’s focus on one here: adductor related groin pain.

Adductor related groin pain involves the adductor muscles. These muscles are located along the inner thigh. This type of groin pain is common in sports that involve sprinting, kicking and rapid changes of direction, such as soccer.

How is Adductor Groin Pain Diagnosed?

  • Pain on palpation of the adductor muscles. In most cases, this occurs at their insertion on the pubic bone but can also radiate down the inside of the thigh.
  • Pain on resisted adduction testing. A quick self-assessment here is a squeeze test, where the athlete lies on their back and performs a maximal squeeze against a ball that is placed between their feet.

Treatment Options

As groin pain can be complex, the first step to effective management should be a thorough assessment by your physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist can then create an individualised rehabilitation program with you to help you to achieve your goals. This may include:

  • Initial treatment – ice, isometric exercises, soft tissue work, activity modification, and load management.
  • Long term treatment – a progressive and specific rehabilitation program to address contributing factors such as muscle weakness, poor movement patterns, and hip mobility.
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