As a strength and conditioning coach who works with a lot of hockey players, I see a lot of players who walk through our door with some kind of groin pain. The adductor muscles are actually what we commonly refer to as the groin. Without going into too much details about the complete anatomy of the adductor muscles, I would simply say that the adductor complex includes 3 different muscles (adductor brevis, adductor longus and adductor magnus) that adduct the thigh, and whether flex or extend it as well, depending of the angle of the femur relatively to the hip.
It seems today that groin injuries are growing at an alarming rate among hockey players. One of the reason is the nature of the sport; every skating stride recovery involves both hip adduction and hip flexion that put repeated stress on the adductor muscles. Add to the fact that way too many hockey players spend a ridiculous amount of time on the ice year round and you’ve got yourself a perfect scenario for groin injury. (On a side note, my good friend Kevin Neeld outlined some shocking facts about hip injuries in hockey player HERE)
That being said, the adductor group is one that deserves some attention in your training program. You need adequate strength, mobility and soft-tissue quality in these muscles. The adductor magnus is one of the muscles from that group that we see a lot of problems with when it comes to soft-tissue quality. Because of its particular location, the adductor magnus is a muscle that is hard to target when doing soft-tissue work, especially its posterior fibers.
A small and hard enough medicine ball can be of great help to target the posterior fibers of the adductor magnus:
Be sure to turn your toes inward to expose the adductor magnus effectively.
Give it a shot, you will probably be crying for your mom the first time as you’ll discover new and painful trigger points!