Groin pain

Last revised by Joachim Feger on 28 Nov 2021

Groin pain is a symptom manifesting in a wide spectrum of clinical disorders and diseases in athletes and non-athletes.

The Doha agreement in 2014 identified and classified groin pain in athletes and defined the following clinical entities 1,2:

  1. adductor-related, pubic-related, inguinal-related and iliopsoas-related groin pain
  2. hip-related groin pain
  3. other causes of groin pain

Differential diagnosis

Causes of groin pain assigned by location include the following 1-4:


Adductor-related (most common), pubic-related (least common), inguinal-related and iliopsoas-related groin pain in athletes 1,2:

Other causes:

Spine and nerve entrapments

See also

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.