minor groin strain - solution?

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  1. rod99

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    i'm a high 4.5/low 5.0 and played a long, brutal match sunday night. it was def more running than i've done in a while. i didn't notice any physical issues during the match, other than getting on the verge of cramping at the end. on monday i was sore but nothing else was a problem.

    i'd been given some hip strengthening exercises which comprised of laying on my back, pulling one knee to my chest, and pushing myself off the floor with my other leg. so while i was doing these monday night, i noticed it was difficult to push myself off the floor with my right leg. i did the exercise anyway but tuesday morning i noticed that my right groin is pretty sore and has lingered for the last two days. i notice it when i start walking but that's it. of course it will probably be difficult to run but i haven't tried that yet.

    i'm not sure if i pulled/strained it during the match on sunday or if i pulled/strained it monday night during the exercises. i didn't notice it until tuesday morning but that might have been b/c i was so sore on monday.

    i've been using heat and ice but does anyone have any other suggestions, other than rest? i need this to recover quickly since we have big league matches coming up soon.
     
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  2. kiteboard

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    Ice quickly. Can go for years if not jumped on. (7yr, for me.)
     
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    stretch it out as much as you can.

    Be sure to incorporate dynamic warmups to prevent this sort of thing, as well as good cooldown stretches.

    Let the acute pain heal before even thinking about playing again.
     
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  4. Stewy30

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    I would go to a doctor or something and find out what it is. If it is a stain, I would think it is very inadvisable to start stretching the crap out of the groin since a strain indicates some sort of tearing of the muscle tissue, which would tear the muscle even more I'd think.
     
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    Thanks for the important correction stewy. Been a while since I've had to stretch out an injury, and you're right - shouldn't really stretch until the acute pain has gone.
     
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    Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Kind of impractical to elevate the groin though. Find yourself some kind of compression device/garment that supports the affected area and wear it most of the time for a couple weeks. Ice for 20-40 minutes a couple times a day. Personally, I would not stretch the area and most importantly don't do anything that makes it worse, especially not the exercise you were doing on Monday.
     
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    Stretching before matches causes injuries, after matches prevents them.
     
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  8. maverick66

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    Not to turn this into a huge stretching fight but the anti stretch crowd is against it because it decreases the power a muscle can generate. It has nothing to do with injuring you more it fatigues muscles.

    And ya dont stretch an injured muscle until its fully healed. Also heat will not help it ice is the way to go.
     
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