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Groin Strain / Adductors

What it Effects

  • There are five adductor muscles that can be affected
  • There is a rhyme to remember them - three ducks peck at grass = Adductor Brevis, Adductor Longus, Adductor Magnus, Pectineus and Gracilis

Who it Effects

  • Common in footballers
  • People with poor core stability
  • People with tight adductors

Mechanism of Injury

  • Playing football
  • Can be postural related
  • Over stretching
  • Explosives movements especially if not warmed up properly

Signs and Symptoms

  • Tightness (grade one strain)
  • Pain
  • Cramp like sensation (grade one strain)
  • Pain walking and sore to touch (grade two strain)
  • Bruising
  • Severe sharp stabbing pain (grade three)
  • Muscle spasm
  • Swelling
  • There will be more passive range of movement available than active range of movement
  • Resisted movements will be weak and very painful


  • Deep transverse frictions
  • Ultrasound
  • Stretching
  • Postural management
  • Core stability - work transverse abdominus

If you have any questions, please use the comment form below or post a thread on the forums.

— Phil @ 9:50 pm, July 11, 2006

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