Eighty-seven percent of time-loss groin injuries in elite Gaelic football involve a single clinical entity: a 9-season, prospective, epidemiology study


Groin injuries are a common occurrence in field sports. However, the use of different terminology makes it difficult for practitioners to source information regarding rates, time-loss patterns, and risk factors associated with specific groin injuries. The current student aimed to apply the agreed Doha terminology and definitions in groin pain in athletes to audit time-loss groin injuries in elite Gaelic football. The GAA National Injury Surveillance Database between 2008 to 2015 received forty-three datasets from seventeen teams. Groin injuries accounted for 14% (95% CI 12.1 – 16.8) of reported injuries and 18% (95% CI 9.8 – 26.1) of total time-loss. Overall 15% (95% CI 13.2 – 16.8) of players sustained a groin injury each season. Adductor-related groin pain was the most frequent groin injury (38.2%; 95% CI 32.8 – 44.0). Groin injury incidence was 1.4 per 1000 exposure hours (95% CI 1.2 – 1.5). Incidence was 7.2 (95% CI 5.6 – 9.3) times higher in match-play than in training. Elite Gaelic football teams sustained 6.0 (IQR 3 – 9) groin injuries each season. Mean time-loss from sport was 28.9 (95% CI 22.4 – 35.9) days equating to 202 (95% CI 154.6 – 265.6) days per team each season. Previously injured players were more likely to sustain a groin injury (OR 1.5; 95% CI 1.1 – 2.4). Risk of future injury varied between classification sites. Groin injury incidences and injury burden were lower among division one teams (p<0.05). Groin injuries are a common occurrence in elite Gaelic football that compromise player availability and elevate future injury risk. Management and prevention of groin injuries should consider the reported trends of specific groin injuries associated with the utilised classification system.
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