There really is no such thing as a "sports hernia." But let's be honest, do you see a coach or athlete name-dropping a science term such as "athletic pubalgia" during an interview or press conference? Exactly. So, the term "sports hernia" has worked its way into the nomenclature of sports injuries for fans and athletes. However, there is no herniation that leads to the protrusion of abdominal contents. It is a set of muscle injuries that involve neighboring bones. The term "sports hernia" has created many false assumptions and off-target procedures. The real issue is a core muscle injury. Core injuries involve tears, pulls and strains.
What a "sports hernia" or, to use the correct scientific term of "athletic pubalgia" actually describes the presence of pain around the pubic bone in athletes. It often will occur in the lower abdomen.
A groin injury is a tear, pull or strain to any of the adductor muscles, located in the inner thigh.