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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2015 December;55(12):1544-6

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Acute obturator internus muscle strain in a rugby player: a case report

Velleman M. D. 1, 2, Jansen Van Rensburg A. 2, 3, Janse Van Rensburg D. C. 2, 3, Strauss O. 2, 4, 5

1 Little Company of Mary Medical Centre, Pretoria, South Africa; 2 Section Sports Medicine, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; 3 Exercise SMART TEAM, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; 4 High Performance Centre, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; 5 Blue Bulls Rugby Union, Pretoria, South Africa


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A 28-year-old male rugby player presented with severe onset of right hip pain when he fell awkward after a ruck during an international match. A rare case of an acute strain of the obturator internus muscle, a deep muscle of the hip joint, is reported, which resolved completely after a period of rest and intense active physical therapy.

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