The Use of a Dynamic Elastomeric Fabric Orthosis in Supporting the Management of Athletic Pelvic and Groin Injury

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Athletic pelvic and groin injuries are a common yet challenging problem. Pelvic belts have been successfully used to reduce pain and improve function but are not a practical solution for athletes. Therefore, there is scope to explore the use of a more dynamic intervention developed to aid in the management of this type of injury.


To undertake a preliminary investigation into the effectiveness of a dynamic elastomeric fabric orthosis (DEFO) in supporting the management of athletic pelvic and groin injury.


A case series with an AB design. Daily assessments were undertaken over 15 days; the onset of intervention was randomized with a minimum baseline period of 6 d. Follow-up assessment was undertaken after 1 mo.


Community and university.


8 athletes presenting with pelvic or groin injury confirmed through clinical screening.


A bespoke DEFO.

Main Outcome Measures:

Force produced on bilateral resisted hip adduction and self-scored pain (using a numerical rating scale of 0–10) at rest and during an active straight-leg raise and a broad jump.


In 7 cases a significant improvement was observed on at least 1 measure (2-SD method, celeration line, and/or the point of nonoverlapping data). The remaining case showed minimal symptoms during testing.

The authors are with the School of Health Professions, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK.

Address author correspondence to Leanne Sawle at