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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.

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Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • understand the different causes of hip joint pathology as well as the evidence regarding their aetiology;
  • take an appropriate clinical history from an athlete presenting with him and groin pain;
  • be able to identify a player with a hip joint problem by conducting a comprehensive clinical examination;
  • be able to order and interpret X-ray studies of the hip and understand the indications for other imaging modalities;
  • be able to initiate a non-surgical rehabilitation programme to treat hip pain;
  • understand the indications for an orthopaedic opinion and the different surgical procedures available to treat FAI and hip labral pathology;
  • have an awareness of how hip joint pathology may be prevented, including the possible importance of controlled loading during adolescence.


  • Read the relevant section in the FIFA Medical Manual and other required reading.
  • Review the suggested reading
  • View, or listen to, any relevant multimedia content
  • Complete the course quiz

Required reading

FIFA Football Medicine Manual, 2nd Edition

Chapter 3.4 (pages 182-187)

Suggested reading

Brukner and Khan’s
Clinical Sports Medicine, 4th Edition
Chapter 28 (pages 510-544)


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