April 25, 2019
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High return-to-sport rates seen in NFL players after hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement

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After National Football League players underwent hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement, the return-to-sport rate was high, according to recently published results.

Researchers identified 55 NFL players who underwent went arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement and a group of matched controls. Outcomes of interest included return-to-sport rate, postoperative career length, games per season, and preoperative and postoperative performance compared with the matched controls.

Of the 55 NFL players, 47 players were able to return to sport at a mean of 6.7 months postoperatively. The survival rate at 1 year of continued play in the NFL of patients who underwent hip arthroscopy was 79.4%. No difference was seen in the mean career length of the control group compared with players who underwent hip arthroscopy (3.7 years vs. 3.5 years, respectively). No difference was seen between the groups with regard to the mean number of games played per season. Significantly better postoperative scores were seen in quarterbacks compared with post-index-matched controls. – by Monica Jaramillo

Disclosures: Sochacki reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.