Table 1

Preoperative characteristics and symptomatology of sportsmen/women undergoing surgery

AllFootballRugbyProfessional
Total (n)73422137
Professional (n)371618
International (n)155915
Age (years)30 (16 to 50)29.5 (16 to 50)25 (17 to 35)26 (16 to 42)
Side
    Right37251120
    Left2410512
    Bilateral12755
Duration (months)5 (1 to 24)5 (1 to 12)5.5 (1 to 24)3.5 (1 to 24)
Severity7 (4 to 10)7 (4 to 10)7.5 (5 to 9)7 (5 to 10)
Precipitants
    Occasionally after light training (%)19332424
    Frequently after light training (%)70675773
    Occasionally after sport (%)8241419
    Frequently after sport (%)86768686
    After coughing/sneezing (%)44523843
    Getting out of car/bed (%)58674346
Pain interferes with
    Training (%)86678186
    Playing sport (%)9598100100
    Household chores (%)14171016
    Getting around (%)21261416
    Job (%)55488692
Level of fitness
    Unable to train/play (%)4555
    Light training only (%)11101011
    Some training (%)33362930
    Limited (%)49505249
    Fully fit (%)3255
Previous groin surgery11468