Groin pain is common in sports that involve kicking, running, or rapid changes in direction, such as soccer, football, and martial arts. It can arise from a number of factors, but usually result from overuse or a lack of conditioning and stretching.
If you experience groin pain, incorporate gluteal, quadriceps and hamstring stretches into your workout. The pigeon stretch is an effective stretch for the groin. Sit down on the floor, put one leg out in front knee bent at 90 degrees, bring the other leg straight out behind you, lean forward from your pelvis over the bent leg. Do this four times a day and hold it for 30 seconds each time. Also don’t forget to do your quadriceps and hamstring stretches.
Quite often runners also lack gluteal muscle strength which can cause groin pain. To address this try doing the side plank – hold each side for four times 30 seconds a day. Build on this by adding 10 seconds to the plank per week for the next four weeks.