Groin Pain Syndromes in Athletes: “Sports Hernia”

  • Brian S. Zuckerbraun
  • Craig S. MauroEmail author


Groin pain in athletes continues to be elusive to most physicians and even more frustrating for patients suffering with symptoms. Most often termed sports hernia, athletic pubalgia, or Gilmore’s groin, many surgeons scoff at the diagnosis secondary to a knowledge gap and the limited scope of the literature. There continues to be a lack of understanding of the basic pathophysiology in these groin pain syndromes. In addition, many surgeons’ previous experiences with operative management for groin pain have been disheartening due to subtle or no appreciable anatomical changes at exploration as well as high failure rates to resolve the patients’ symptoms. This chapter is aimed at clarifying the anatomy and pathophysiology that have been found in groin pain syndromes, as well as the therapeutic and surgical approaches that have been used.


Groin pain syndromes Sports hernia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General and Trauma Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Burke and Bradley OrthopedicsUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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