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People who Don’t Allow Hip or Groin Injuries to Heal, Risk Subsequent Hip or Groin Injuries

Athletes who injure the hip or groin, sustaining injuries like bone stress fractures and groin strains, are two to seven times more likely to injure the same area again, researchers found when they looked at a collection of studies on the topic. The researchers also found higher risks for hip and groin injuries among older athletes, as well as those with weaker groin muscles.

These injuries are common among people who play field-based sports, including rugby and soccer. The sports require kicking, twisting and quick directional changes.

The key is to let the first injury heal, according to one of the review’s authors Dr. W. Ben Kibler, who directs an orthopedic sports clinic in Kentucky. Many athletes, he told Reuter’s Health, don’t get enough rest or rehab before returning to the sport that hurt them in the first place.

Researchers reviewed seven studies, looking at more than 1,800 male amateur and elite soccer, Australian rules football and rugby players. They published their results May 2, 2014 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Studies suggest athletes might be more prone to these injuries because of hip range of motion and muscle group strength imbalances.

The take-home message for adults who play pivoting, twisting, turning and kicking sports is a prior hip or groin injury puts one at higher risk for another like injury. Having these injuries also suggests that person could have risk factors, including weakened groin muscles, limited hip range of motion or muscle strength imbalances.

Tissue that has been injured—even though it might have healed—is not usually as strong as it once was, which only compounds the risk for future injury.

Dr. Adam Weir, of Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar, told Reuters Health that athletes who get injured should try to make the injured area stronger than it was before the injury, before returning to their sports. Others who haven’t been injured but who play sports where they stop, start, cut, twist and more should use strength training and other exercises to prevent hip and groin injuries. Exercises that help include lunges and squats.

Physical therapists are the exercise experts. For guidance on how to start or improve an exercise program designed to prevent sports injuries to the ankles, knees, hips, groin, back, shoulders and neck, contact A Physical Therapist, Inc.

A Physical Therapist, Inc., is a one-on-one physical therapy clinic in Delray Beach, Fla., and Harrisburg, Penn. For patients in Palm Beach County, A Physical Therapist, Inc., is easily accessible from Boca Raton or Boynton Beach. For patients in Dauphin County, A Physical Therapist, Inc., is easily accessible from Hershey and Marysville.

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