Groin pain is common occurrence among golfers due the major twisting of the pelvic area that can be involved with each swing. Continuing to play with groin pain can cause a hernia, which will appear as a lump near the groin area. It's important for golfers to determine the direct cause of such pain immediately to avoid any further damage.
Stop playing once you feel groin strain, or stop doing any physical activity if you feel the strain after playing golf. Never continue to play through your golf game if the pain is hindering your play. Go to the clubhouse or have a friend take you there.
Apply ice to the groin area immediately once you feel severe groin pain. Continue applying ice to the groin for 15 to 20 minutes using a tensor bandage (see References).
Elevate your legs and rest comfortable to reduce pain and pressure to the injury. Try sleeping at night with your legs still elevated. If the swelling hasn't gone down and the pain persists, continue to Step 4.
Make sure that what you have is a groin injury, also known as a groin strain. See a doctor to determine if what you're experiencing is groin strain, torn muscle or hernia. Once it's determined that you have groin strain, start taking the proper steps toward healing the swelling.
See a physiotherapist for chronic groin stain. The doctor you originally see may recommend you to a specialist. You will then be advised to participate in motion exercises and X-rays taken. For extreme cases you may require surgery to repair torn muscles.