Recently, I was asked to write an article on what I love about being an SEM physician (here if you’re interested). It is not a question I reflect on often. But the process of reflection helped me to realise that my job gives me a unique and varied insight across a wide range of sports. Most people involved in elite sport spend decades specialising in one sport. Many spend entire careers at only a few clubs or institutions.
I’m regularly asked to give my thoughts on cardiac conditions in athletes. The problem is that it is such a big and complicated topic with a lack of consensus amongst experts worldwide. I’ve decided to finally take on the challenge but I’ll do it in bite-sized portions. The first installment will be looking at cardiac screening for sport. I’ll try to keep in as simple and non-technical as possible but there are bits where medical-speak is unavoidable.
Hip pain is most commonly felt in the anterior inguinal area (at the front in that crease where the leg joins the body – and deep to it). It can however radiate laterally and commonly down the lateral thigh (sometimes as far as the knee). It can send pain into the buttock and occasionally into the groin.