One of the biggest risks facing many of emerging and well-seasoned athletes is progressive damage to their hip joints forcing an early end to their sports careers and developing arthritis of the hip, eventually requiring joint replacement.
Athletes can experience Pain and stiffness for a number of reasons with the most debilitating of these as a result of a mechanical disorder of the hip joint. Sports Hip Injury including Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) typically occurs where there is abnormal or excessive bony growth on either (or both) of the ‘ball’ or ‘socket’ structures of the hip joint.
Repetitive and high-intensity sporting activity and excessive loading during skeletal maturation causes the structures of the hip joint to develop abnormally. Because of this, athletes involved in sports requiring a lot of twisting, turning or running for example are particularly vulnerable