"Athletic pubalgia" is quite the scientific phrase. It's not exactly user-friendly.
The doctors at Vincera Institute, who first introduced the term, understand that even though many places dumb down athletic pubalgia to "sports hernia," that is not exactly accurate.
Athletic pubalgia is a soft tissue injury in the lower abdomen or groin area. It involves a tear or series of small tears in the muscles that attach to your pubic bone.
It often the rectus abdominus muscles. It also involves the oblique muscles, especially the tendons that attach those muscles to your pubic bones. The adductor muscles in the thigh also can be affected by athletic pubalgia.
Athletes who compete at both the recreational and professional level can sustain athletic pubalgia. This injury occurs more frequently in men than in women.
Reminder: athletic pubalgia is not an actual hernia. But, to make it easier for non-medical people to understand and digest the issue, quite a few other names are mentioned. Some terms you may hear when referring to the athletic pubalgia core muscle injury are sports hernia, hockey hernia, hockey groin and Gilmore's Groin.
Should a surgical procedure be required to repair your core muscle injury, the team at Vincera will develop an individualized surgical plan. We understand and recognize that each patient and is different and has a specific condition and severity level.