Groin Strain

A common sporting injury is a groin strain. A groin strain is a lay term for tearing of one of the adductor muscles which act to pull the legs together. These muscles play a part when horse riding and during sports such as football, sprinting and hurdling. A tear or rupture of an adductor muscle often occurs during the action of sprinting or twisting to kick a ball.

You may not feel any pain until the next day. You may also notice a sharp pain in the groin, the inability to squeeze the legs together or lift them up in front, or swelling, bruising or a lump in the area. The degree of groin strain injury is often divided into the following three categories.


With a first-degree strain you will feel mild discomfort and a little bit of swelling.


A second-degree strain involves more pain and swelling


A third-degree tear is painful and there will be lots of swelling. You will be unable to run or maybe even walk.


The treatment of choice for all muscle strains should be R.I.C.E. (see the webpage on R.I.C.E.). To take the weight off the affected area you may need to use crutches, have adequate rest and see a doctor or physiotherapist.

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