Return to sport after criteria-based rehabilitation of acute adductor injuries in male athletes: A prospective cohort study

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Key Points

  • Although acute adductor injuries are one of the top injuries seen in field sports, a criterion-based progression and return to sport program is yet to be researched.
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Acute adductor injuries are amongst the top injuries seen in field sports. The season-long prevalence of time-loss due to adductor injury in elite soccer has been reported to be as high as 14%, resulting in absences ranging from 2-5 weeks (1). Despite an increased understanding of the effectiveness of resistance training exercises for rehabilitating and preventing adductor injuries, a criteria-based rehabilitation protocol and method of progression is yet to be established (2).

It is very challenging to study specific exercises and protocols in large epidemiological studies and systematic reviews. This paper attempted to fill a gap in the research by studying a specific exercise rehabilitation protocol. The authors sought to establish a standardized rehabilitation protocol that included criteria-based progression, well defined stages of rehabilitation, and a specific exercise approach to assist athletes in return to sport.

Acute adductor injuries are amongst the most common injuries seen in field sports.
Clinicians who rely on one or two simple tests and do not cluster multiple objective standards may not be gathering enough information to sufficiently determine return to sport readiness.


Male competitive athletes (age 18 to 40) reporting an acute onset of groin pain during sports within the past 7 days were recruited for this study over a period of 3 years out of a hospital in Doha, Qatar. Out

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