Labral tears, extra-articular injuries, and hip arthroscopy in the athlete

Clin Sports Med. 2006 Apr;25(2):279-92, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2006.01.003.


Labral tears in athletes can lead to disabling hip pain and affect their athletic performance. Other intra-articular lesions, including chondral injuries, capsular abnormalities, and ligamentum teres tears, commonly coexist with acetabular labral tears. Isolated athletic injury or repetitive traumatic activity can lead to labral tears; however, underlying structural (femoroacetabular impingement) and developmental abnormalities predisposing athletes to labral pathology must be addressed. Recent studies have demonstrated lesions associated with acetabular labral tears, and that labral tears rarely occur as isolated injuries. Return to sport is favorable in athletes who have labral tears if they are properly treated with arthroscopic intervention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Cartilage / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Cartilage / surgery
  • Hip / anatomy & histology
  • Hip Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Hip Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Hip Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Loose Bodies / diagnosis
  • Joint Loose Bodies / surgery
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery
  • Male
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Recovery of Function
  • Rupture / classification
  • Rupture / diagnosis
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Sports Medicine / methods*