Objective: To evaluate short and mid-term results of active physical therapy in athletes with longstanding groin pain. Design: Case series. Setting: Primary care physical therapy practice. Participants: A total of 44 athletes suffering longstanding adductor-related groin pain. Intervention: A combination of passive (joint mobilization) and active (exercises) physical therapy interventions. Main outcome measurements: Return to (the same level of) sports, restriction in sports, and recurrence. Results: Directly after treatment, return to the same level and type of sport was successful in 38 athletes (86%), and without symptoms in 34 athletes (77%). At 6.5-51 months follow up, 10/38 (26%) of those that returned to sports had experienced a relapse; 22 (50%) athletes were able to participate in sports without any restrictions at the mid-term follow-up. Conclusions: For athletes with longstanding groin pain, short term results of physical therapy seem positive, whereas mid-term results are moderately positive. The risk for recurrence is high.

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Keywords Athletes, Follow up, Groin injury, Physical therapy
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2010.06.006, hdl.handle.net/1765/28427
Journal Physical Therapy in Sport
Weir, A, Jansen, J.A.C.G, van Keulen, J, Mens, J.M.A, Backx, F.J.G, & Stam, H.J. (2010). Short and mid-term results of a comprehensive treatment program for longstanding adductor-related groin pain in athletes: A case series. Physical Therapy in Sport, 11(3), 99–103. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2010.06.006