Acetabular labral tears in the athlete

Clin Sports Med. 2001 Oct;20(4):779-90. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70284-2.


Pathologic involvement of the acetabular labrum is an increasingly recognized phenomenon. Athletes involved in sports that require repetitive twisting or who suffer trauma to the hip are at risk of injury to the acetabular labrum. Injury mechanisms that include hyperextension, hyperflexion, or extremes of abduction place the labrum at particular risk. Symptoms may be acute in onset or, more commonly, insidious onset with persistence or escalation of symptoms. The orthopaedic surgeon evaluating patients with sports-related hip injuries needs to remain cognizant of intraarticular injuries within the hip and, in particular, injuries to the acetabular labrum. Further investigation is needed to fully define the functional importance of the acetabular labrum. Arthroscopic management has been successful in evaluation and management of acetabular labral tears.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acetabulum / anatomy & histology
  • Acetabulum / injuries*
  • Adult
  • Arthralgia / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / classification
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
  • Female
  • Hip Injuries / classification
  • Hip Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Hip Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male