By groin pain I mean inner thigh close to the joint, I would say adductor longus but only in the crease of the thigh. However it has been both sides that have bothered me, it started on the right, went away and then randomly came up on the left side one morning. I don’t have anything against unilateral lifts, I only mention the squats because that’s where the pain is most noticeable. The pain however popped up after waking up, I never had any pain or strain in the area for a warning sign while squatting. It seemed to come out of nowhere for no reason one morning. [/quote]
First and foremost, you should cease any activity which can make the injury worse. This sounds incredibly obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many athletes and coaches think training through an injury is a badge of honor. Those are the fools that, sooner or later, make their situation worse and no doubt lurk in forums such as this - ashamed to admit that they’re wrong yet desperately want a solution to their problem.
If the above paragraph makes me look like a monster, it’s only because I hope that you and others who read it are wise enough to not fall into a very dangerous trap.
You will need an accurate in-person diagnosis (which, unfortunately, may be easier said than done).
The adductor magnus plays a role in hip extension (the concentric portion of the squat). And, obviously, all three of the adductors do just what their names state - they bring the femor in medial. This may be taking place in the squat as you subconsciously adduct for a biomechanical advantage.
There could also be an impingement which could explain why the pain drifts from one side to another.
These are all theories based on the information you provided. By no means should you infer this to be a diagnosis. And self-diagnosis is a horrendous idea.
After you get an accurate in-person diagnosis, I hope you take the following to heart. The common denominator that I have noticed regarding groin injuries involves the inability to properly stabilize the hip. This is often a culmination of underactive muscles such as the glute medius, lack of flexibilty in other muscles, and over active muscles such as the piriformis.
So, what does this tell us…? It tells us uni-lateral work, some type of stretching, and some form of release work such as smr and/or massage by a skilled therapist ALL have a place in the tool box. Exactly how and when you implement these tools will be specific to you.
Feel free to keep us updated. I’m rather curious how this case-study evolves.