What Is Gilmore's Groin?

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

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.

Symptoms include:

  • 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.