Delayed onset of transversus abdominus in footballers with chronic groin pain

Cowan, S., Brukner, P., Schache, A., Crossley, K., Bennell, K., Hodges, P . and Coburn, P. (2003). Delayed onset of transversus abdominus in footballers with chronic groin pain. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Proceedings 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Tackling the Barriers to Participation and Performance. 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Tackling the Barriers to Participation and Performance, Canberra, Australia, (94-94). 25-28 October, 2003. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(03)80211-6


Author Cowan, S.
Brukner, P.
Schache, A.
Crossley, K.
Bennell, K.
Hodges, P .
Coburn, P.
Title of paper Delayed onset of transversus abdominus in footballers with chronic groin pain
Conference name 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Tackling the Barriers to Participation and Performance
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 25-28 October, 2003
Proceedings title Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Proceedings 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Tackling the Barriers to Participation and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elseiver
Publication Year 2003
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(03)80211-6
ISSN 1440-2440
Volume 6
Issue 4: Supp.1
Start page 94
End page 94
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Chronic groin pain is a persistent problem that is commonly difficult to rehabilitate. Theoretical rationale indicates a relationship between the motor control of the pelvis and chronic groin pain however this link has not been investigated. This study aimed to further our understanding of the development of groin pain by investigating motor control of the abdominal muscles in 10 participants with chronic groin pain and 12 asymptomatic participants. Participants were elite or sub elite Australian Rules Football players. Electromyographic activity of the abdominal and leg muscles was recorded during a visual choice reaction time task (active straight leg raising). Participants in the groin pain group had a worst pain during their most common aggravating activity of 6.5(1.9)cm measured on a 10cm visual analogue scale and a median symptom duration of 16 weeks (range 6 - 260). When individuals with chronic groin pain completed the active straight leg raise task the onset of transversus abdominus was delayed (p<0.05) compared to the control group. There were no differences between groups for the onset of activity of internal oblique, external oblique and rectus abdominus (all p>0.05). The finding that the onset of transversus abdominus is delayed in individuals with chronic groin pain is important as it provides theoretical rationale for the aetiology of chronic groin pain. It is hypothesised that this change in co-ordination of abdominal muscle activity may leave the pubic symphysis unprotected from reactive forces resulting from movement. In addition these findings provide support for current physiotherapy management of chronic groin pain.
Subjects 110604 Sports Medicine
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