Although shoulder and knee injuries are the most common injuries in swimmers, thigh/groin strains have recently been identified as a critical area in elite competitive breaststroke swimmers. A survey of high-level collegiate breaststroke swimmers revealed a 33% incidence of this hip flexor adductor injury. A comprehensive treatment and prevention program is detailed in this paper.
Alvin R. Loosli, M.D., is with the Center for Sports Medicine, 1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. June Quick is with the Dept. of Athletics at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94305.