Recovery Time For An Adductor Strain
A number of factors will influence the recovery time for an adductor strain not least of all the degree of injury and the physical requirements of a full return to play.
Other factors can include:
- Pre-injury fitness and strength levels
- Ability to allow the appropriate rest period
- Dedication to rehabilitation exercises
As a general guide, even with a low grade adductor strain you can expect it to take several weeks before returning to full pre-injury activity after the initial onset of symptoms.
- A grade 1 strain will typically require somewhere around 2-3 weeks
- A grade 2 strain more like 6-12 weeks to return to play.
- A grade 3 strain upward of 12 weeks.
Don’t push to return to play too soon. Re-injury is common with adductor strains and any re-injury will increase the overall healing time frames. Discuss with your physiotherapist appropriate lower load activities that can be done to maintain fitness and strength without putting too much stress on the groin muscles.
Prevention Of An Adductor Strain
The key to prevention of an adductor strain is to avoid loading the groin muscles without undergoing the proper training and preparation. This is especially the case if playing high risk sports such as soccer or AFL…
Consistent training by continuing to train throughout the year and following any breaks in training building the work load back up gradually to the pre-break level will help avoid straining the groin muscles. Athletes who stop training during their off season can lose muscle strength and flexibility while not playing. If they return to play again in preseason without building up strength and conditioning they put themselves at more risk of injury.
Some other things to consider for the prevention of adductor strains include:
- Always warm up before physical activity with progressive sports specific loading to help reduce injury risk during play.
- When exercising always stop immediately at the onset of pain or tightness in the groin.
- When looking to increase the intensity of training, any adjustment to training load be it duration or intensity as a rough guideline shouldn’t be progressed at any more than a 10% increase in load per week.
- Work on improving your hip mobility. It has been suggested that low range of motion in the hip joint is a risk factor for suffering an adductor strain.
- Improve your core strength. Adductor strains can be the result of added stress on the groin muscles due to weakness elsewhere in the trunk.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic provides this information as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Rehabilitation Of An Adductor Strain should consult his or her physiotherapist, general practitioner or sports medicine specialist.