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J Hip Preserv Surg. 2016 Feb 24;3(1):16-22. doi: 10.1093/jhps/hnv083. eCollection 2016 Apr.

Sportsman's hernia? An ambiguous term.

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1. The London Hip Arthroscopy Centre, The Wellington Hospital, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 9LE, UK and.
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1. The London Hip Arthroscopy Centre, The Wellington Hospital, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 9LE, UK and ; 2. Fortius Clinic, 17 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ, UK.

Abstract

Groin pain is common in athletes. Yet, there is disagreement on aetiology, pathomechanics and terminology. A plethora of terms have been employed to explain inguinal-related groin pain in athletes. Recently, at the British Hernia Society in Manchester 2012, a consensus was reached to use the term inguinal disruption based on the pathophysiology while lately the Doha agreement in 2014 defined it as inguinal-related groin pain, a clinically based taxonomy. This review article emphasizes the anatomy, pathogenesis, standard clinical assessment and imaging, and highlights the treatment options for inguinal disruption.

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Groin pain; athletic pubalgia; inguinal disruption; inguinal hernia; sports groin; sports hernia; sportsman’s hernia

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