A groin strain or adductor strain is a common soft tissue injury in athletes participating in field sports where there is an emphasis on kicking. Football, GAA and rugby players are all regular sufferers. In football, it appears most commonly in wingers who cross the ball a lot.
Groin strains affect the adductor muscles normally close to their origin and patients complain of pain felt deep in the groin. Very often patients can be pain free running in straight lines but their symptoms are aggravated by sharp turning movements or by kicking the ball.
Initially management of these injuries follow the general rule for soft tissue injury management following the RICE principle of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A thorough rehabilitation programme is advisable after the acute injury has settled since groin injuries can become chronic and have a tendency to re-occur. Effective rehabilitation minimises the likelihood of this.