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Explained: Toni Kroos’s “pubalgia” and treatment plan

An explanation on Kroos’s “pubalgia” injury including the anatomy basics, general treatment plan, and return timeline scenarios

Real Madrid Pre-Season Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Central midfielder Toni Kroos was diagnosed by the medical staff with “pubalgia” - very likely athletic pubalgia, colloquially known as a “sports hernia” - with the player chiming in that it’s an injury he has been dealing with over the course of the past few months but didn’t improve over time - likely not helped by his time at Euros and the subsequent shortened pre-season.

Accordingly, the German maestro will be taking some time off with reports coming out that he will miss “at least” one month and his injury is still “pending evolution”.

In the following video, I explained the injury with a short anatomy primer and then delving into the general treatment plan how Kroos’ response to that will likely dictate his return timeline.

This type of injury can certainly evolve quickly so as we get more updates and Toni returns to increased activity, I’ll provide more insight as possible.

Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth football coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Managing Madrid and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.

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