Unanimous agreement was reached, defining five clinical entities for groin pain—adductor-related, iliopsoas-related, inguinal-related, pubic-related and hip-related.
The authors defined the clinical signs and symptoms for these entities and, given the level of agreement amongst attendees, have suggested that the uptake of this terminology may assist in increasing the homogeneity of the condition.
How does Author Sailly widen the scope on Groin Pain?
Since this agreement, however, there has been further research to widening the scope of diagnosis for groin pain in athletes. Author Matthieu Sailly writes about pubic apophysitis—a previously undescribed clinical entity—after reviewing the clinical and imaging findings of 26 adolescent football players with groin pain.
All symptomatic subjects reported gradual onset of symptoms and pain/weakness with resisted adduction; however, the key finding was radiological assessment of pubic maturation.
Other factors related to groin pain in athletes, particularly Australian rules footballers, are hip strength profiles and the presence of mechanical hyperalgesia. These are the topics of research by authors Prendergast et al. and Drew et al. Knowledge of these areas may assist those clinicians working with Australian rules footballers in decreasing the prevalence of groin pain.
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