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Groin Strain: A Common Cause Of Groin Pain

Groin Strain: A Common Cause Of Groin Pain

What Is A Groin Strain?

A groin strain is an injury to the groin muscles (hip adductor muscles). The muscles that can be injured or cause pain with a groin strain may include adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, pectineus and gracilis. The muscle most commonly involved is the adductor longus.
Hip Adductor Muscle Anatomy
Athletes are the main group of people at risk of suffering a groin strain. Although they are usually not a serious injury, more severe groin strains can take a long time to recover and return to pre-injury sporting levels. This injury is usually associated with high speed activities. High risk sports are typically sports like soccer or AFL which demand a combination of sprinting and kicking or sprinting and changing direction/twisting/jumping…

What Are The Symptoms Of Groin Strain?

Depending on the degree of the injury symptoms of a groin strain can range from being mild to severe, common symptoms include:
Pain is felt in the groin area.
• The adductor tendons or muscles are painful on palpation.
• There may be pain or a feeling of weakness with contraction of the adductor muscles (the groin squeeze where you squeeze the heels together will frequently elicit pain).
• Pain or a feeling of tightness on stretching the groin muscles.
• With acute and more severe groin strains bruising and swelling may be present.
• There is often difficulty with walking or running and especially activities involving changing direction.

Causes Of A Groin Strain

A groin strain or pull is a common athletic injury suffered in both professional and recreational athletes. A groin pull is often the result of overload to the adductor muscles while kicking, running, jumping and particularly changing of direction at speed. A groin pull however is not exclusively caused from playing sports, they can also be caused by heavy lifting at work, home or as a result of resistance training at the gym.

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 Groin Strain: A Common Cause Of Groin Pain should consult his or her physiotherapist, general practitioner or sports medicine specialist.


Hayden Latimer is the founder of and principle physiotherapist at Sydney Physio Clinic. Since graduating from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand he’s gained wide experience practicing across the globe for over 15 years and is now extremely knowledgeable in helping people reduce discomfort and restore function and mobility.


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