Male basketball players who report hip and groin pain perceive its negative impact both on- and off-court: A cross-sectional study

Katherine Dooley, Mick Drew, Susan Snodgrass, Adrian Schultz, Tye McGann, Sarah Blyton, Tania Pizzari, Ebony Rio, Luke Donnan, Suzi Edwards

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Abstract

Objectives

To identify if basketball players aged <20 years (U20) self-report hip and/or groin pain and if they perceive this as a problem. To determine potential differences in self-reported playing (training and match play) loads and Copenhagen Hip and Groin Outcome Score (HAGOS) between those with and without hip/groin pain.

Design

Cross-sectional.

Methods

Fifty-one pre-elite (state/national representative level) male U20 basketball players (Australian n = 38; Italian n = 13) self-reported current/historical hip/groin ‘discomfort/pain’ and ‘problems’, and playing loads. A two-factor regression model was fitted including main effects for hip/groin pain and Cohort and their interaction, with outcome variables playing loads and HAGOS subscale scores and dependent variable hip/groin pain.

Results

Twenty-one players (41%) self-reported hip/groin ‘discomfort/pain’, of which nine perceived no ‘problems’. Two of these nine players reported training/playing time loss due to pain. Those self-reporting hip/groin discomfort/pain scored lower than those without in HAGOS subscales Symptoms (mean difference in score 8.94; 95%CI −25.24, −5.97), Pain (5.00; −16.42, −2.81), Function in daily living (0.00; −26.72 to −5.59), Function in sport and recreation (6.25; −21.24, −5.33), and hip and/or groin Quality of Life (5.00; −28.63, −8.10), indicating worse hip/groin problems. Participation subscale scores were different only for Italian players (36.25; −51.25, −20.00), with players self-reporting hip/groin discomfort/pain scoring lower.

Conclusion

Most players who perceive both hip/groin ‘discomfort/pain’ and ‘problems’ also report training/playing time loss, suggesting players’ perceptions of problematic symptoms and time-loss are associated. Adolescent basketball players perceive hip/groin pain to negatively impact their daily lives and sporting function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-664
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume24
Issue number7
Early online date20 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2021

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