Confirm Your Sports Hernia Pain Location in Seconds

Sports Hernia Physical Therapy | Written by Jon Chambers | Updated on 29 December 2021

diagram of lower body showing sports hernia pain location in red

Knowing the sports hernia pain location is the first step towards a proper, successful diagnosis. While it may very slightly from person to person, there is one tell-tale discomfort area that can signal whether you have the injury or a much-less serious groin strain.

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While a professional examination from a specialist trained in treating the injury is highly recommended, there is a method that you can do from home.

No tools or special props are needed.

Sports Hernia Pain Location Test

Make sure you are wearing shorts or undergarments. While sitting on the edge of a chair or bench, use your finger to apply pressure to the crown of your pubic bone.

If you do in fact have a sports hernia, this will be extremely painful. On a scale of 10 expect seven or more.

A specialist can further confirm by performing an ultrasound while simultaneously performing the same probe technique.

The heart of the sports hernia pain location lies with the inguinal canal. The “back wall” of this canal is what becomes weak and tears (anterior lamina of the Transversalis fascia in the diagram below). The probe method applies stress directly to the inguinal area which should be extremely tender if seriously hurt.

diagram highlighting weaknesses in the posterior inguinal wall leading to sports hernia testicular pain

Posterior Inguinal Wall

There can also be nerve pain that originates from the genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve—a fancy way of referring to the branch of nerves that originates in your abdomen and travels into your upper thigh.

diagram displaying the genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve

Nerve pain associated with the injury is likely related to the genital branch.

Other Sports Hernia Pain Locations

While sharp pain in the groin is a giveaway factor, it can also spread to other areas.

The lower abs may also experience pain, especially when flexed. Many people with the injury will brace themselves when rising from bed or opening doors—if you have adopted these behaviors that is another sign you may have it.

The adductors—your inner thighs—will also become tender and can even be painful. Some doctors recommend getting your adductors “released” (a nice way of saying sliced), but this is not recommended as they play a role in stabilizing your knee and hip.

It is important to note that recovery without surgery is possible. While not everyone will be able to come back without having an operation, some can.

Whether or not you will fall into that category will entirely depend on if you are able to receive a speedy diagnosis and begin the 10-week rehab program immediately.

By week 6, if you are still experiencing the same level of pain or it has gotten worse, it is time to begin considering surgery.

There are several complications to be aware of ahead of time so you don’t accidentally get the wrong type of procedure—and set yourself back years, months, or permanently.

About the Author

Squatting 500 pounds on an ohio rogue bar with a sports hernia

Jon Chambers

Jon Chambers is a powerlifter, strength coach, sports hernia expert, and writer involved in the strength training community for almost a decade on a mission to create the best strength and fitness guides on the web.