Clinical examination of the athletic hip

Clin Sports Med. 2006 Apr;25(2):199-210, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2005.12.001.


This article provides a succinct and complete method for the clinical evaluation of the hip. Included are descriptions of examination tests as well as their relationships to possible pathology of the hip. The examination is divided into five stages: seated, standing, supine, lateral, and prone; with a total of 11 assessment points. The method for evaluation outlined will assist physicians in determining the location and etiology of presenting hip pathologies. As with any examination, practice and repetition are essential to gain an appreciation of what constitutes a normal as well as an abnormal examination.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Gait
  • Hip Injuries / complications
  • Hip Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking / methods
  • Pain / diagnosis
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Measurement / methods
  • Palpation / methods
  • Physical Examination / methods*
  • Physical Examination / standards
  • Posture
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Reflex
  • Sports Medicine / methods*
  • Sports Medicine / standards