September 2011

A decade later, athletes maintain benefits of training for groin pain

In the moment: Sports medicine

The positive effects of a training program on adductor-related groin pain are still evident up to 12 years later, according to a Danish study.

Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Amager, Denmark, assessed the long-term effects of training eight to 12 years after an earlier randomized controlled trial in which trained athletes were significantly more likely than untrained athletes to return to sports without groin pain. The initial RCT, published in the February 1999 issue of The Lancet, involved a training period of eight to 12 weeks.

The follow-up study, which was e-published in August by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, included 47 of the 59 participants from the original RCT. They were interviewed and examined using the same protocol as in the original study. However, the examining physician was not involved in the earlier study and was not aware of participants’ training assignments.

The follow-up study found that those in the training group remained significantly less likely to have groin pain than those in the control group. This effect was even more significant for the subgroup of 39 soccer players.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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