Once your groin is feeling better, taking some steps to prevent future re-injury is well worth it. Here are some things to do to keep you from reinjuring your groin.
- Often a groin pull is the result of a sudden unexpected motion. Most sports require more strength in the forward/backward motion of the legs than the side-to-side. As a result of consistently building up the quads and hamstrings, but not working the groin muscles, you can be poised for a groin injury. In your prevention schedule, spend time developing the groin muscles.
- When developing your adductor (groin) muscles, do what you can to make sure they are both strong and supple. Too much strength and not enough flexibility, or vice versa, will work against you and lead to future tears and muscle pulls.
- Find a good teacher or coach for your sport. Having someone who can show you proper techniques is essential to improving your skill and preventing injury. If you are clear on body mechanics and good overall training practices, it can go a long way towards keeping you injury free.
- Take the time to warm up. Your adductor muscles are more elastic when warm, so stretching once you break a sweat is important. If you are just recovering from your pull, make sure you don’t overstretch too soon.
- Take some time to warm down, also. After you train your body is warm and supple. This is an excellent time to stretch the groin, and other muscles.
Check out our general muscle pull prevention article for some key tips on staying healthy.