Prevalence of Sport Related Groin Injury in Premier League Soccer Athletes
Groin injuries are seen frequently in contact sports, but are you, specifically, at more of a risk for an acute or chronic injury and how do contact sports compare to non-contact sports?
One research study addressed this issue by comparing groin injuries experienced across a season in 613 professional athletes (167 premiere league soccer athletes, 154 elite-swimmers, 149 cross-country skiers, and 143 long-distance runners).
The researchers found that:
1. 125/167 elite soccer athletes had 375 injuries (274 acute injuries and 101 overuse injury)
2. Acute groin injury was found in 15/167 elite soccer athletes (9%)
3. Acute groin injury was found in 3/154 elite swimmers (2%)
4. Acute groin injury was found in 2 athletes in both the cross-country skirts & long distance runners (1.4% of each group)
5. Chronic groin pain was only found in 3/167 elite soccer athletes and not found in the endurance based sports
Bottom Line: Elite soccer athletes had a 4.5x risk of sustaining an acute groin injury compared to endurance based athletes, therefore, it is extremely important to train your groin musculature appropriately to lessen your risk of obtaining an injury, especially if you’re a soccer athlete!