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Sports Hernia (Gilmore’s Groin)

What it Effects

  • There is a tear in one of the adductor muscles most commonly near the attachment to the pubic bone (the inner thigh area)
  • The external oblique aponeurosis/ tendon of internal oblique can also be damaged

Who it Effects

  • Common in football and rugby players

Mechanism of Injury

  • Twisting movements

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain - increased on movement
  • Pain in the adductor muscle region / groin
  • Stiffness after activity
  • Starts as a niggle and gets progressively worse
  • Feeling of weakness in the area


  • Rest
  • Possible surgery
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Muscle stretching / flexibility
  • Straight line jogging / running

Additional Information

  • Weightlifters who lift weights incorrectly or without support can suffer hernias due to increased intra-abdominal pressure

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— Phil @ 9:45 pm, July 12, 2006

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  1. I made some falls on a military training night patrol in California hills with gear and rifle. The next day first sensed the pain which evolved into shooting pains in the inner thigh and groin area. Pain worstened upon running. Have been under medical attention. Currently on antiinflamatories, but still sense the pressure and pains through the groin area. Does it sound like Spotrs Hernia? Just visited this website for the first time yesterday. I am very impressed on what you offer in the way of training! I could’nt believe it! Thanks.

    Ricky Burditt

    Comment by Ricky Burditt — May 30, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

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