What is sportsman’s hernia?

Inguinal disruption, also known as a Sportman’s hernia or Gilmore’s groin, is a condition that affects the soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligamentous structures) in the lower abdominal and groin region.  It is typically seen in athletes, particularly those engaged in sports requiring quick changes in direction, such as football, tennis, rugby, and hockey. 

Inadequate warm up, poor flexibility, core muscle weakness and improper technique can contribute to the development of this painful condition. There may also be an association with other conditions such as femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, adductor longus tendinitis and osteitis pubis.

What are the symptoms of sportsman’s hernia?

The symptoms of inguinal disruption can vary in severity but typically consists of pain in the groin, worse with twisting or flexion activates, and an inability to engage in core muscle exercises or competitive sports at the required level.

How is it diagnosed?

If you suspect you have inguinal disruption, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis. The doctor will likely perform a physical examination and inquire about your medical history and the nature of your physical activities. Imaging tests, such as MRI or ultrasound, might be ordered to assess the extent of the injury and rule out other possible conditions.

How is Snapping Hip Syndrome (SHS) treated?

Treatment will initially be centred around activity modification, stretching and conditioning and physiotherapy. Injections and even surgery may be advised in cases that do not respond well to these initial treatments after 6-12 weeks.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their hip or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of arthritis with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of hip -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


If you would like to learn about other hip conditions click the button below to find out more


If you would like to learn about other hip treatments click the button below to find out more

our hip SURGEONS

Hip care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by Mr Simon Newman, Mr Chethan Jayaden, Mr Emeka Oragui and Mr Mark Webb. They are further supported by the orthopaedic team including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff. We perform over 300 hip replacements each year but offer a broad range of hip treatments to patients both young and old.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of hip problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

BSc(Hons) BM PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Simon is a Consultant Hip Surgeon practising at the world-renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, King Edward VIIs Hospital and The London Clinic. He has a particular interest in the hip joint and has developed a large practise treating hip problems in adults of all ages. His philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients which involves engaging patients in the decision-making process about their treatment and utilising non-operative techniques, where possible. Should any surgery be required, Simon performs any procedure with care, planning and precision.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MBA, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
meka is a Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His practice includes all aspects of hip surgery including hip replacements, hip redo or revision surgery, hip arthroscopy and sports injuries around the hip including sports man’s hernia (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor longus tears and tendinitis. He uses the muscle sparing direct anterior approach for hip replacements which allows some patients a faster recovery.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mark is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for sports related injuries. He strives to not only provide excellent surgical treatments but also rounded, bespoke care that allows his patients to get back to the activities they love. This is evident in his specialist training which includes a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from University College London to help him when treating all levels of athletes. Alongside surgical treatments, Mr. Webb offers non-operative (conservative) options including using orthobiologics, such as PRP and stem cells, to treat the symptoms of early arthritis, as well as tendon injuries. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations using the best evidence available

What some of our patients say

Mrs EL

Thank you for taking great care of me throughout the whole operation process! My recovery has been much faster than anticipated and I am pain free after such a long time!