Hip and groin pain are relatively common complaints among football players of all levels. This chapter will focus on hip joint pathologies (the different entities of sports-related groin pain will be covered in their own module).
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is now recognised as a disorder that can lead to progressive labral and chondral injury in the hip. It commonly occurs in athletes and is thought to contribute to CAM formation in football players. FAI can lead to groin and hip pain. Diagnosing this condition promptly may prevent early degeneration of the hip in kicking athletes.