How to Prevent Groin Pulls

Imagine you’re the guard in your high school soccer team. The teams are tied and you’re the last one standing between their attacker and your goalie. You manage to kick the ball away from the offense, then suddenly feel a *pop* in your inner thigh. Something doesn’t feel right. You start stumbling, and then the pain hits. This pain could feel mild, like a dull ache and slight weakness in your leg as you regain your balance; it could be severe enough to leave you immobile as you’re carried back to the bench by your teammates.

If you’ve ever had a groin pull before, you may recognize the issue right away. However, this injury isn’t exclusive to soccer players. A tear or rupture appearing in your groin muscles can disrupt your activities and diminish leg strength.

What is a Groin Pull?

The groin is made up of five different adductor muscles in the inner thigh which play a key role in hip and leg mobility and are specifically used during flexion and rotation. An adductor strain is a tear in the muscle fibers that make up these adductors. Adductor strains are often called “groin pulls” or “groin strains,” and usually resolve themselves with enough rest and ice.

Unfortunately, some adductor strains are more severe than others. Moderate to severe strains will require a more thorough treatment plan than just taking a few days off from the activity that caused the injury. Even mild adductor strains may worsen or become chronic if the proper steps aren’t taken to ensure a smooth recovery.

There are several other symptoms to watch out for besides groin pain if you think you have an adductor strain. Below are several other signs of a potential adductor strain.

  • Swelling or bruising in the inner thigh
  • Difficulty walking or running
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Decreased leg strength
  • Pain that is felt in the inner thigh, especially when moving the leg

Adductor strains can disrupt your favorite activities and even upset your daily life. Understanding the root causes of these strains can help you prepare and prevent future injury.

What Causes an Adductor Strain?

Although a groin injury can happen to anyone, groin pulls frequently occur in athletes. Adductor strains and other groin injuries are especially common in soccer players, with injury rates as high as 10 – 18 groin injuries per 100 soccer players.

If a groin injury occurs in an athlete, it often happens during sudden movements like kicking a ball or pivoting too quickly. Falls, lifting heavy objects, stress from over-exercising, and lack of proper conditioning can also contribute to an increased likelihood of getting an adductor strain.

In the video below, Dr. Travis Owens discusses other potential causes and signs of a groin strain, as well as various treatment options to help advance your recovery.

Exercises to Prevent Groin Injuries

Want to avoid an injury during your workouts or prevent an adductor strain in the future? Improved flexibility and strength can go a long way in building your body’s resistance to injuries. Here are a few stretches and strengthening exercises you can try to develop your adductors and reduce your risk of injury.

Fast, Long-Term Relief

Groin pain from adductor strains can be a nuisance, but recovery doesn’t have to last forever. At Airrosti, our providers specialize in fixing pain from head to toe, quickly and safely, by pinpointing and treating the pain at its source. If constant groin pain is keeping you from doing the activities you love, schedule an appointment with us today, and kick your adductor strain away for good.

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