Groin Problems and Injuries - Prevention
The following tips may help you prevent a
groin injury or other problems in the groin area.
Prevent groin injury and strain
Steps to prevent a
groin injury or strain may include the following:
- Warm up by stretching the groin muscles before
exercising. Stretching can increase your range of motion and reduce stiffness
and pain. Stretching is also important during the cool-down phase of exercise
when your muscles are warm.
- Increase the intensity and length of
exercise gradually. As your fitness level improves, you will be able to do more
intense exercise without injury.
- Try to exercise regularly. Don't
just go all out on weekends.
- Use proper sports techniques and
equipment. For example:
- Wear supportive, well-cushioned shoes for
running, aerobics, and walking.
- Properly adjust your bicycle seat
and handlebars for your height.
- Drink extra water before and during exercise,
especially in hot or humid weather. This can help prevent muscle cramps and
- Make sure you can always see where you are walking. To
- Use a step stool when reaching for high
objects. Do not stand on chairs or other objects.
- Don't climb
stairs with both hands full.
- Get help carrying heavy or awkward objects. Do
not strain to lift or carry objects.
Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
take measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a sexually
transmitted infection (STI). You can also reduce the risk of transmitting an STI to your sex partner. Know
high-risk behaviors and the
symptoms of STIs, and do not have sex with anyone who
has these symptoms.
Condom use may reduce the
risk of becoming infected with an STI. Condoms must be put on before beginning
any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner.
Prevent jock itch or yeast infection
Try the following things to prevent
jock itch (fungal infection of the skin in the groin) or
yeast infection (cutaneous candidiasis):
- Dry yourself well after bathing. Use a hair dryer to dry your groin area.
- Wear cotton underwear and
loose-fitting clothes. Avoid tight pants.
- Use a powder to absorb
- If you have athlete's foot, put on your socks before your
underwear. This can prevent fungi from spreading from your feet to your groin
when you put on your underwear.
- Change out of a wet bathing suit
soon after swimming so that your skin can dry out.