Send to

Choose Destination
BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2014 Nov 27;6:39. doi: 10.1186/2052-1847-6-39. eCollection 2014.

Contemporary management of 'Inguinal disruption' in the sportsman's groin.

Author information

Department of Hernia Surgery, Central Manchester Foundation Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, M13 9WL UK.
Sport's Medicine, Liverpool FC Training Ground, Melwood Drive, West Derby, Liverpool, L12 8SY U.K.



This article helps define the basic principles to diagnosis and manage one of the surgically correctable causes of the 'painful groin', which is commonly described as the sportsman's groin.


Often many surgeons will describe a single pathology for the sportsman's groin such as a 'hernia' but often other coexisting etiologies may be present. Management relies on a multidisciplinary approach with a diagnosis initially made by a history of pain in the groin on exercise. Physiotherapy is the recommended first line treatment and is designed to concentrate on strengthening of the abdominal wall muscle and tendon groups around the groin area. Surgery does have a role in the sportsman's groin but only once all conservative measures have been exhausted or if there is a clear identified pathology causing the groin symptoms such as posterior wall defect. Surgical principles for an inguinal disruption include either open or laparoscopic techniques reinforcing the inguinal canal with a mesh or suture repair followed by an active rehabilitation programme.


Once an accurate diagnosis has been achieved, contemporary guidance for inguinal disruption requires a multidisciplinary approach including a specially designed physiotherapy regime and possibly surgery.

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for BioMed Central Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center