At this point I thought it would be a good idea to recap all the things we’ve discussed over the last week. Below is a summary of the process I take when an athlete comes to me reporting groin pain.
1. Question about the nature of the pain
2. Posture Analysis
3. Range of Motion Analysis
4. Muscle Function Test
5. Movement Analysis
By completing the above screen/analysis, I have a better idea of any predisposing factors or resulting functional impairments related to the athletes groin or hip pain. This will allow me to communicate more effectively with an athletic trainer, physical therapist, or sports physician (if the athlete is lucky enough to have access to any of these professionals). At a minimum, it will give me an idea of areas the athlete’s abilities and areas that need improvement or areas to avoid.
Next up: How to get back on track following a groin injury…
Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.