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This study examined how previous groin pain and approach angle affects stance leg and lumbar moments during instep kicks. Male football players with and without previous groin pain (n=11, and n=10) performed instep kicks from 45° and 60° angles while kinetic and kinematic data were recorded (1000Hz and 500Hz respectively). 3D stance leg net joint moments of the hip, knee, and ankle were calculated at peak swing knee flexion and ball contact and the sagittal L5/S1 joint moment was examined throughout the kick. Foot speed at ball contact indicated performance. Players with previous groin pain had lower moments during the kick compared to uninjured controls, but there was no difference in performance. This suggests that the players with previous groin pain utilized an aberrant kicking pattern that offloads certain joints but may cause compensations elsewhere in the kinetic chain.