Athletic Pubalgia- a Common Cause of Groin Pain -
If you're an athlete or physically active person, you may have occasional aches and
pains. When pain strikes in your lower abdomen or groin, your first thought may be
that you've pulled a muscle. You try applying heat and ice, reduce your physical activity,
and get as much rest as possible. But nothing seems to help.
Perhaps what you have isn't a "pull" at all, but a tear. Certain professional athletes, as
well as some active "weekend athletes," are susceptible to a sports hernia, also known as
athletic pubalgia. While most athletes think they've got a pulled muscle, they actually may
have a tear in the area where the muscle meets the bones of the pelvis.
This type of injury is caused by repeated trauma to the groin area, resulting in muscle and
tendons pulling away from the pubic bone. Sports hernias are common among athletes
who participate in sports that involve repetitive twisting and turning while moving, such
as soccer, ice hockey, rugby, field hockey, tennis, or track.
The injury isn't limited to professional athletes, however. Anyone can develop a sports
hernia, including people who do a lot of twisting and turning during a workout, or students
who participate in high school or college sports. Females are just as susceptible as males.