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Old 11-12-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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Groin twitch in squat

Hey all,

This is making me nuts. For a few months now I've been getting this really painful twitch in an adductor on my left side when I'm on the way up out of a squat. Trying to fire my hamstrings and keeping the knees out just isn't quite fixing it.

Does this ring any "simple stupid" bells for anyone?

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Old 11-13-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

Does it hurt when you're doing anything else, or just in that particular part of that particular movement?

You might have an actual injury there.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

Might be a strain.

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Old 11-15-2010, 12:56 PM   #4
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

I was fishing for a "If X hurts you're doing Y wrong, focus more on Z" kind of answer, but yes you're probably right about the muscle strain.

In the "simple stupid" category; over the weekend my wife reminded me that I had a psoas problem on that side for a few months last spring. It probably is a remnant or spinoff of that injury, still lingering.

I coach and play hockey, it doesn't bother me while skating at all.
OK while deadlifting.
OK while running, jumping, lunges, etc. (though now that I think of it, I haven't done lateral lunges in a long time)

It really only hits me on the way up out of a squat. Never on the way down, never when holding the bottom position. I can go as deep into a squat as I like, I can hang out down there as long as I like, but if I've gone very far below parallel, I can't even stand up out of it at all.

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Old 11-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #5
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

If it's a strain some of this stuff should help wfs
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/0...uscle-strains/

On the way up sounds like maybe adductor magnus
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

Boy now I do feel stupid.
Did some lateral lunges today. Ugly. Ugly ugly.
Clearly a sorely neglected movement.

The pain location is more like the distal end of adductor longus, but yeah today's exploration made it pretty clear that all of the adductors need some work.

Thanks for the link, very helpful.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:18 PM   #7
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

If it's an adductor issue, it should bother you when skating.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:07 AM   #8
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

I'd agree, except that it only bothers me when squatting below parallel, which is a LOT more flexion than a skating stride.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:50 PM   #9
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

Moving around at the gym today, testing it in different directions.... you're right. Adductors should bother me while skating. But they don't, so maybe it isn't adductors.
I did a bunch of bear crawls today as well, no problem in that kind of deep flexion.

I'm fairly tight in abduction, but whoa it REALLY lights up when I add in some internal rotation. Lying on my back, butt near the wall, feet flat on the wall, I had a HARD time getting my feet apart and straight.

Working away at it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #10
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Re: Groin twitch in squat

following up... I'm now 98% convinced that it is a return of the previous psoas issue, probably aggravated by poor form in GHD situps.

Lots of deep tissue work. Slowly improving.
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