“Injuries are a part of a sportsman life; you have to live with it. You can’t be down with that; it is not gonna help you.”
Jeev Milkha Singh from Brainyqoute.com
Some Important Questions To Ask
- Do you experience a deep, achy pain through the groin, thigh, or knee?
- Do you have knee pain that won’t go away no matter how much you stretch out your legs and quads?
- Is your jumping not as powerful as you know it can be?
Why Injuries Become Patterns
If the sport you play has a lot of side-to-side movement or jumping, you may be feeling this pain a time or two during the game. In fact, many soccer athletes report this kind of muscle pain, as do volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball players. These athletes are jumping, blocking across a net, dodging in and out of defensive player attacks, and making many quick maneuvers sideways and even up and down movements. This is wonderful, and exciting to watch. However, it can also result in a painful type of muscle injury.
This kind of pain is caused by fascial adhesions in the small adductor muscle called the Adductor Brevis, located on the upper inside of our leg/ groin area. The Adductor Brevis is a small muscle but plays a huge role when the movements involve jumping, rotation, and stabilizing other adductor muscles. However, it’s a hard to reach area if used with a typical stretching and foam roller and if neglected, can cause a lot of tightness, discomfort, and adhesions in the fascia surrounding and protecting the muscle.
Most athletes know how to stretch and use a foam roll to keep their muscles loose and stable, and they even use a tennis ball to roll out those tight muscles. But what if they could be missing out the major problem areas? Is there no way to “get that knot out”? Or even loosen up that small spot you didn’t even know could be sore?
Why You Need To Focus On The Small Details
Typically, we just focus on the “main” muscles areas like the back, hamstrings, glutes, calf, and shoulders. But what about smaller muscles? Like the Hamstrings or the Adductor Brevis, that was just discussed? These areas tend to get neglected because they aren’t considered as a major muscle group. And we take for granted that those muscle group can’t really affect our game and performance, isn’t that right? The answer is wrong, actually.
Those smaller, often neglected muscles typically help stabilize those “big” muscles. They also have critical connection points, like the groin and knees. Such is the case of the Adductor Brevis.And it’s important to target those smaller areas as well, to keep the muscles working and to be able to do its job efficiently. For such type of muscle soreness, it’s recommended to use a portable, take-n-go roller, specifically designed to reach the Adductor Brevis muscle. It can also address the soreness in the Hamstrings and remove the fascial adhesions often found there, the athlete can then experience relief from the pain and gain a better performance because of it.