The causes of groin pain in athletes are numerous, and diagnosis may be complicated by the concurrent nature of these pathologies. With accurate diagnosis and management, most athletes with groin pain will make a successful return to sport.
An athlete presenting with groin pain is a common diagnostic dilemma in sports medicine practice. Osteitis pubis, adductor tendon and muscle pathologies, hip lesions, stress fractures and sports hernias are typical among the presenting injuries of the groin region in active individuals. Specific diagnosis is complicated by the often concurrent nature of these pathologies in chronic cases.
This article uses a case and commentary based approach to illustrate the diagnosis and management of some common causes of groin pain in the athlete.