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  1. Ronan Kearney1,
  2. Josh Heerey2,
  3. Christina Le3,
  4. Eoin Cunniffe4
  1. 1 Department of General Practice, ICGP, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2 Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  4. 4 Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ronan Kearney; ronankearney{at}

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Groin problems in male soccer players are more common than previously reported

American Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;45:1304–1308

Groin pain is very much a great big pain in the… groin! As a leading cause of injury in soccer, a true understanding of groin pain prevalence is needed. I’m concerned that the common time loss definitions for groin injury may only be identifying the tip of the ‘groin-berg’.

This prospective study explored the prevalence of groin conditions in male and female soccer players during a period of match congestion in a competitive season. Two hundred and forty players completed the OSTRC Overuse Injury Questionnaire on weekly basis for a 6-week period.

Shockingly, almost a third of male players reported weekly groin pain, with elite male players three times as likely to develop groin pain compared with elite female players.

We clearly need to focus on ways …

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