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A Groin Strain is one of the most common injuries in sports, especially football. The term describes a strain of the Adductor muscles that are located on the inside of the thigh. The injury usually occurs when the muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle tissue tears. A tear in a muscle is referred to as a strain and, depending on its severity, is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.
The immediate treatment for any muscle injury consists of the RICE protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). As a general rule, grade one Groin Strains should be rested from sporting activity for about 3 weeks, and grade two injuries for about 4 to 6 weeks. In the case of a complete rupture, the muscle may have to be repaired surgically and the rehabilitation afterwards will take at least 3 months.
Common Groin Strain signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply ice packs to relieve pain and reduce bleeding|
|Wear Compression Shorts to maintain muscle temperature|
|Warm up before sporting activities|
|Cool down following sporting activities|
|Use a Swiss Ball for Core Strengthening Exercises|
|Replenish carbohydrates during sporting activity with energy bars & gels|