Athletic Pubalgia

Also known as: sports hernia.

What is athletic pubalgia?

Athletic pubalgia, more commonly known as a sports hernia, is actually not a hernia at all. Rather, it’s a soft tissue tear that occurs in the groin area, usually as the result of a sports injury.

What causes athletic pubalgia?

Planting the feet and twisting is the most common movement type that leads to athletic pubalgia. The sports that frequently lead to this type of injury include wrestling, soccer, football or hockey. 

What are the symptoms of athletic pubalgia?

The most common symptom of athletic pubalgia is severe pain in the groin area. It typically gets better during rest but returns when movement is resumed.

How can athletic pubalgia affect children?

Athletic pubalgia is fairly common among children and adolescents, as they frequently participate in the sports that are a common cause of the injury.

What are athletic pubalgia treatments?

Treatment for athletic pubalgia can vary based on the severity of the injury. For mild to moderate symptoms, rest, ice and over-the counter pain relievers are typical treatments. The athlete may need to avoid certain activities for a while, and physical therapy may be helpful in regaining mobility.

For severe cases of athletic pubalgia, surgery followed by physical therapy may be the recommended treatment.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: April 09, 2021 04:18 PM

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