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Acute and Overuse Injuries of the Abdomen and Groin in Athletes

Atkins, Justin M.; Taylor, Jonathan C.; Kane, Shawn F.

Current Sports Medicine Reports: March-April 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 115-120
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181d40080
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Abdominal and groin injuries are common problems encountered by athletes across a wide variety of sports. They range from benign but annoying, such as exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP), to the activity-limiting and possibly career-ending condition of athletic hernia. This article covers ETAP, rectus abdominus injuries, osteitis pubis, athletic hernia, and abdominal/groin hernias to provide an update on the current pathophysiology and treatment of common abdominal and pelvic conditions in the athlete.

Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC

Address for correspondence: Justin M. Atkins, M.D., Womack Army Medical Center, Family Medicine Clinic, Fort Bragg, NC 28301 (E-mail:

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