NFL athletes with a history of groin injury or hip pain show evidence of markers for cam and pincer-type femoroacetabular impingement in more than 94% of cases, according to this study.
“Radiographic indicators of [femoroacetabular impingement] FAI are very common among athletes evaluated at the National Football League Scouting Combine subjected to radiographic examination for the clinical suspicion of hip disease,” Jeffrey J. Nepple, MD, and colleagues stated in the study abstract. “Elite football athletes with significant or recurrent pain about the hip should be evaluated clinically and radiographically for FAI because pain from FAI may be falsely attributed to or may be present in addition to other disorders.”
Nepple and colleagues found radiographic evidence of combined pincer and cam-type FAI in 61.8% of cases; markers for both FAI types presented in 94.3% of hips, according to the abstract. Evidence of cam-type and pincer-type FAI were individually present in 9.8% and 22.8% of cases.
Nepple and colleagues noted that acetabular reversion was common in 71.5% of hips and an abnormal alpha angle in 61.8%, according to the abstract.