What Is Gilmore's Groin?
Gilmore's groin involves a tear of the adductor muscles, usually high up near the attachment to the public bone. It is sometimes called the Sportsman's Hernia, there is not actually a hernia present. It is common in sports were a great deal of strain is placed on the groin and pelvic area such as soccer.
Although injuries vary, the features of a Gilmore's groin include a torn external oblique aponeurosis (ribbon like structure), tendon torn from the pubic bone.
- Pain in the groin increased by running, sprinting, twisting and turning.
- After training the athlete may be stiff or sore.
- The day after training / playing the athlete may have pain when turning or even getting out of a car.
- Coughing and sneezing may also cause pain.
- It is claimed that in 30% of athletes there is a history of sudden injury but the majority indicate it to be a gradual overuse injury.
What can the athlete do?
- Although it is often possible to continue training with a Gilmore's groin the conditions is likely to get gradually worse.
- Conservative treatment involves strengthening the muscles of the pelvic region.
- See a sports injury professional and / or surgeon who can make an accurate diagnosis.
What can a doctor or surgeon do?
- For athletes that have not responded to rehabilitation surgery is indicated which is usually successful.
- Following surgery a 4 to 6 week rehabilitation period is usually required before returning to play.
- The rehabilitation programme will be aimed at gradually improving the strength and flexibility of the pelvic muscles and will avoid sudden twisting and turning movements which may aggravate the injury.