How do you treat hip and groin injuries in athletes?
Hip and groin injuries are likely to happen when muscle Imbalances are present in the lower body. These injuries are most common in athletes that play hockey or soccer, often occurring during the full extension of a running stride or skating motion.
Some common symptoms of a hip or groin injury include swelling, bruising, decreased range of motion, and loss of strength. Treatment time of a hip or groin injury is dependent on the severity of the injury and can include isometric and resistance based training. To prevent a hip or groin injury, it is recommended that athletes follow a pre-season strength program to even-out any muscle imbalances in the lower body.
What do hip and groin injuries feel like?
Symptoms of a hip or groin injury vary depending on the exact area of injury and the severity of the injury. Generally, hip and going injuries can be categorized into three different “grades” – grade 1 being the mildest and grade 3 being the most severe.
People experiencing a hip or groin injury can experience:
- Mild to severe swelling
- Loss of strength
- Decreased weight-bearing ability
- Torn muscles
Those with a grade 3 hip or groin injury may need to use a gait aid, such as crutches or a walker due to decreased weight-bearing ability.
What are the most common causes of hip and groin injuries in athletes?
Hip and groin injuries are most common in athletes that play hockey or soccer due to their increased dependence on their groin and hip muscles while running, skating, or kicking.
Hip and groin injuries occur when there are muscle strength imbalances present in the lower body. For example, if your abductor muscles in your glutes are stronger than the adductor group, it puts excess stress in the groin that can lead to strain and injury.
In athletes, hip and groin injuries occur most often during:
- The full extension of a skating motion
- The full extension of a running stride
- A sharp change of direction when running or skating