The size and prevalence of bony hip morphology does not differ between football players with and without hip and/or groin pain: findings from the FORCe cohort

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Key Points

  1. The size and prevalence of cam morphology did not differ in male football players between hips with and without hip and/or groin pain.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Hip and groin pain are common in athletes competing in the football codes, with impacts on participation, sports performance, and quality of life. The hip joint is recognized as a common source of nociception, with bony morphological features such as cam morphology, pincer morphology, and acetabular dysplasia variably linked with symptoms.

This study of sub-elite football (soccer and Australian Football) players reported on baseline measures of the femoroacetabular impingement and hip osteoarthritis cohort (FORCe). The study aimed to: (i) compare the size and prevalence of bony hip morphology separately in men and women; and (ii) determine the relationship between the size of bony hip morphology and hip and/or groin-related symptoms and pain.

Hip and groin pain are common in athletes competing in the football codes.
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Bony morphology is unlikely to be the only reason for the development of hip pain.

METHODS

Sub-elite football players were recruited from soccer and Australian Football clubs. Imaging was performed on 184 players (290 hips; 20% women) with hip and/or groin pain and a positive FADIR test; and 55 asymptomatic players (110 hips; 25% women) with

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