The Sportsman’s Groin

The symptoms of a Sportsman’s groin injury are very variable and the condition can be difficult to diagnose.

Pain is a common feature. It is usually located in the groin, and in most instances is localised to one side.

The pain is frequently difficult to locate but is usually described as a dull ache or burning pain. Occasionally the pain is sharp but usually comes on gradually without any specific training injury.

Often the pain will initially improve with rest, but there is a high chance of relapse when training is resumed.

Stiffness after exercise is a common symptom.

A Sportsman’s groin however need not be painful locally. It may be that the athlete has a variety of symptoms from inner thigh pain, glut pain and tightness or a feeling of weakness, especially when running fast. It is often a condition that is overlooked as traditionally clinicians look for bigger more obvious symptoms.


  • No clinically detectable lump or hernia
  • Dilated superficial inguinal ring
  • Inguinal pain with resisted sit-ups
  • Pain on straining, sneezing, coughing
  • Reduced range of movement – hip/pelvis/lumbar spine
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