Anyone who has played for long enough a ‘change of direction’ sport such as soccer or basketball, has come across a groin strain at some stage in their career. The adductor muscle of the thigh can work very hard in lateral movements of the body or leg, placing load on the attachments of the muscle at the groin area. Not to be mistaken for hernias or inguinal ligament sprains, the adductor strain will certainly put a stop to any continuation of high level sport.
A lack of stability and strength in the pelvic and adductor muscles may be a pre-cursor for adductor strain, as can poor rehabilitation from a previous injury.
Physio for this type of injury should include;
- Assessment of the injury severity
- Appropriate rest
- Strengthening of the adductors and pelvic muscles
- Core stability retraining
- Adduction training with Duradisc, Bosu ball and Pilates techniques
- Return to functional exercises in line with sport