You may have had a minor groin problem at one time or another. Most of the time, our body movements do not cause problems. It's not surprising that symptoms may develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.The groin areas are located on each side of the body in the folds where the abdomen joins the legs. The pubic area lies between the two groin areas.Groin injuries most commonly occur during:•Sports or recreational activities, such as ice hockey, cross-country skiing, basketball, and soccer. •Work-related activities. •Work or projects around the home. An acute injury may occur from a direct blow, a fall, or from the leg turned in an abnormal position.Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed on an area. This often happens when you overdo an activity or repeat the same activity day after day. Overuse can lead to muscle strains or tears or may cause swelling, such as bursitis.Groin pain not caused by an injury may be coming from other parts of the body i.e. radiating, or referred, pain. Pulled muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the leg may cause symptoms in the groin. It is important to look for other causes of groin pain when you have not had an injury.An inguinal hernia is a bulge of soft tissue through a weak spot in the abdominal wall in the groin area. An inguinal hernia may need surgical treatment. A sports hernia may affect the same area of the groin in competitive athletes.