Surgery for groin and lower abdominal pain in soccer players.
Bahar A, Soudry M. Harefuah 2000 Jul;139(1-2):29-32, 78.
We treated 57 professional soccer players with groin and lower abdominal pain, 44 of them successfully, using conservative methods and 13 by surgery. Because of its anatomical site, the gracilis muscle is involved in almost all movements of the femur. It therefore is frequently involved in injury due to overuse, especially at its insertion (enthesopathy). In all 13 operated on, the gracilis was cut percutaneously, sometimes as a single procedure and sometimes with concomitant sportsmen’s inguinal hernioplasty. All except 1 of those operated on returned to their professional sport activities.