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Jake – groin strain

Jake came to us back in April, complaining of pain which affected both sides of his groin and had been a real struggle for the last two months. He is a competitive footballer – playing at quite a high level, and the pain was really starting to impact upon his ability to train and play, meaning he was missing out on important games towards the end of the season. It was making him feel low and he felt he was concerned for his position within the first team.

Luke Denham, Sports Therapist, took a full case history and discussed his training and day-to-day routine. He fully assessed the injury – looking at movement, strength, and functional testing. He suspected that Jake was suffering from long-standing groin pain or a bilateral adductor strain, both of which are commonly associated with multi-directional sports.

The likely cause was the change of surface from grass to artificial, as a playing surface can dramatically influence a player’s risk of injury, especially if they are used to a certain type of pitch. Surface change can influence the level of impact experienced at the joints, it can create or reduced the amount of control or traction a player gets, which can affect load distribution through the body or increase the amount of pressure/exertion put through soft tissue structures, possibly leading to injury.

With Jake’s input, Luke set out a full rehab plan, which included hands-on treatment, a full mobility and strength plan, and lots of advice on how to manage the pain and training loads moving forwards.
Jake was great at doing his rehab work at home and in the gym, and was able to modify his training under Luke’s guidance. Happily, he was much improved after just a couple of sessions and thereafter he went from strength to strength, and is now back training and playing full games – just in time for the start of the new season.

How we can help you

We’re here to help you be your best. Our aim is to return you to comfortable and strong movement for a healthy, happy, pain-free life and we will support and guide you every step of the way.

Whether you’re experiencing problems with day-to-day activities or in achieving an important sporting goal, our Practitioners are kind, experienced and confident in helping you:

  • Rehabilitate back, joint and muscle injuries and dysfunction
  • Return you to, or improve your sport
  • Prepare for or recover from surgery
  • Recover from accidents
  • Improve chronic pain
  • Reduce discomfort from work-related issues

We focus as much on addressing the source of an issue as we do treating your painful symptoms, through a pathway of assessment and diagnosis, hands-on therapy, rehabilitation and education.