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If you have ever played baseball, or really any rotational sport, you have experienced some type of groin pain. You have probably had tightness, you may have felt pulls, and you have lost time within your craft because of it. What most don’t know are the actual causes for the issues, the impact it has elsewhere in your body, and easy ways to relieve nagging groin issues. That’s where this article comes in! Groin tightness, also known as adductor tightness, is as common, if not more common than shoulder issues within the baseball and overhead athlete community. The common trend to take care of these issues is to stretch your groin (think groiners and the butterfly stretch) and maybe develop some strength through your glutes with a clam shell or other glute specific exercise. This common protocol might bring temporary relief, but nothing that will actually stick and have a positive impact on performance. To see what really works we need to start with a little deeper understanding of how the adductors work and what is causing the tightness.