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The groin area: the Bermuda triangle of sports medicine?
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  1. Mario Bizzini1,2
  1. 1FIFA-Medical Assessment & Research Centre, Schulthess Clinic, Zürich, Switzerland
  2. 2Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association, Zürich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mario Bizzini, Schulthess Clinic, Lengghalde 2, Zürich, Switzerland; mario.bizzini{at}kws.ch

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The Bermuda triangle, a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean, is famously known as an area where ships, planes and people have mysteriously disappeared.

The groin, an anatomical region where diagnosis and symptoms are often confusing, may also represent a Bermuda triangle, for clinicians to disappear in vortices of suppositions and assumptions.

Patients with pain in the hip region or groin, typically individuals with a long history of pain and symptoms in this area, are not so easy to manage in clinical sports medicine and physiotherapy practices. There are many common causes of groin pain in athletes with similar signs and symptoms, highlighting the importance, and at the same time the difficulty, of the differential diagnosis.1

When treating patients, clinicians often rely on specific knowledge, experience and empirical evidence in clinical-decision-making. However, according to Sackett's definition,2 the latest scientific rehabilitation evidence should also be considered. In sports physiotherapy, leading journals and international conferences may help a clinician to update knowledge and skills. Additionally, consulting evidence databases is one easy way to access research evidence: …

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