The Cause and Treatment of Groin Injuries in Hockey Players – Part 2

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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Today we’re going to continue where we left off in Part 1 (click here) on how to treat groin injuries in the athletic hockey population. So, without further ado, let’s get it done… Lots of great video here guys…

How do we fix it?

1. Getting Back to Neutral: Correcting the Anterior Tilt – Rectify the imbalances in the sagittal plane… FIRST!

Strengthen the posterior force couple (posterior chain, anterior core)

Posterior Chain

(Barbell Hip Bridge)

Anterior Core

(Sl. Board Body Saw)

Stretch the anterior force couple (hip flexors, spinal erectors)

Hip Flexors

(Wall Hip Flexor Stretch)

Spinal Erectors – This one not only gives us a great stretch for the spinal erectors, but it shuts down tone in the Lats while re-positioning the hips in preparation to workout.

(TRX Deep Squat Breathing)

2. Addressing the Frontal and Transverse Planes

Internal Rotators and Adductors – This one not only strengthens the adductors but works on lateral core stability as well.

 (Adductor Side Bridge)

 External Rotators and Abductors – And finally stretching out the over-used external rotators…

(Sumo Stretch)

(Lying Knee-to-knee)


The five main bullet points to remember are:

  • Understanding the biomechanics of the sport
  • Every athlete that remains in an “asymmetrical” posture is prone to recurring injuries
  • Remembering that muscles control movement in all three planes, even if they are not the prime movers in all of those planes
  • Fix the saggital plane first
  • “Neutral” is where we optimally would like to be

See ya’ in the gym…


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