Rehabilitation with a dedicated groin physiotherapist will be needed for all patients after surgery

Enthusiastic commitment to pre-habilitation (functional strength and training exercises before surgery) and post operative rehabilitation enables return to sport between 8 to 12 weeks after surgery. In the first few weeks, power walking, stationary cycling and swimming are initially recommended. Thereafter, the Sports Physician or Physiotherapist takes over with a specific treatment protocol. Preventative physiotherapy for players who are at risk of groin injury is encouraged and certain strategies have been devised which consist of the use of the Swiss ball for increasing flexibility and strength of muscles arising from or acting across the hip joint. Concentrating on symmetrical conditioning and stabilising abdominal pelvic and core abdominal muscles are encouraged.

Northern Sports Physiotherapy Clinic provides a 3 month guide for those who have no existing management plan in place. Dr Garvey also works closely with the physiotherapists at South Coast Health Hub in Wollongong, Kiama and Nowra, Aspire Physiotherapy Centre on the Central Coast as well as Bondi Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre and City Edge Physio in Sydney.

by Helen Millson (M.Phil Sports Physio, UCT, MCSP)

This handbook contains the latest international evidence-based studies, as well as comments from leading specialists in this field from around the world.

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