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Gilmore’s Groin Rehabilitation Programme


When doing the exercises it is important to activate the “core stability” muscles. muscles. These muscles consist of the stabilising abdominal muscles and some of the lower back muscles. The hospital physiotherapist will show you how to do this and the Practice Nurses are available for advice if you have any concerns. The rehabilitation classically was of four, one week periods. Recognising that patients need to rehabilitate at their own rate depending on their fitness, it is now divided into four stages which can be completed at an individuals own rate.


General aims

Specific exercises

Stage 1

Straight line activities, avoiding abdominal straining

Treadmill jogging/running

Front crawl swimming

Cross training

Stage 2

Body weight movements


Side lunges

Partial squats

Hip flexion and extension

Begin ball work

Stage 3

Increase intensity of core stability work

Change of direction at speed

Box drills

Cutting drills

Figure of eight routines


Stage 4

Sport specific training




  • While exercising, and afterwards, some discomfort will be experienced at the repair and adductor insertion site.
  • Provided you adhere to the programme and avoid sudden sharp movements, you will suffer no harm.
  • Stiffness and discomfort occur the day after vigorous exercises. For this reason, some form of exercise is advised 7 days a week.
  • Swelling at the operation site takes 8 to 12 weeks to clear completely.

 Professional sportsmen may be playing again at 4 weeks, amateurs may take 6-8 weeks. 

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