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Better understanding of the effect of soccer in MRI findings in the context of groin pain
Adductor-related groin pain remains the bane of the soccer medical team's existence. While MRI is commonly used to assist in diagnosis of groin pain (acute and long standing), few studies have compared symptomatic athletes with matched controls. Imaging is known to uncover pathologies that may not fit with the clinical picture and MRI is no exception. The paper by Branci et al (see page 681) provides insight into the MRI findings that may be associated with soccer participation and reminds us that caution and clinical judgment must be used when interpreting the MRI of an athlete with adductor-related groin pain.
In a second paper, Branci et al try to standardise criteria to evaluate key findings in pubic and groin MRIs in athletes (see page 692). It reminds us that the findings should continue to be placed in a clinical context as there is …
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