Groin Strains in Hockey Players – Rehab: Phase Three
In the next phase of rehab for groin strains in hockey players, we want to work on controlling the adductors eccentrically. In goalies specifically, the extended abduction range of motion needed puts high levels of stress on the adductors. Therefore, in order to properly recover from this injury, and prevent future ones, it’s important to strengthen the adductors at this end range to accommodate for the extra stress.
To train the adductors eccentrically at high level, we are going to perform banded lateral step ups on a raised surface. To perform this, you should:
1. Use a box, bench, or table to use as your raised platform
2. Strap a band around your outside leg with someone else providing resistance to it
3. Slowly lower yourself to the floor with as much abduction as possible while your partner provides resistance to your free leg
4. Once on the floor, maintain tension in the band while stepping up to the raised surface
5. By performing the exercise in this manner, you are effectively training both legs eccentrically at varying points throughout the exercise