Rehabilitation after arthroscopic repair of intra-articular disorders of the hip in a professional football athlete

J Sport Rehabil. 2009 Feb;18(1):118-34. doi: 10.1123/jsr.18.1.118.


Objective: To report the 4-phase rehabilitation progression of a professional athlete who underwent arthroscopic intra-articular repair of the hip after injury during the 2006-07 season.

Design: Case study; level of evidence, 4.

Main outcome measures: Objective values were obtained by standard goniometric measurements, handheld dynamometer, dynamic sports testing, and clinical testing for intra-articular pathology.

Results: This case report illustrates improvements in hip mobility, muscle-force output, elimination of clinical signs of intra-articular involvement, and ability to perform high-level sport-specific training at 9 wk postsurgery. At 16 wk postsurgery, the patient was able to return to full preparation for sport for the following season.

Conclusion: After the 4-phase rehabilitation program, the patient demonstrated improvement in all areas of high-level function after an arthroscopic intra-articular repair of the hip. The preoperative management to return to sport is outlined, with clinical outcomes and criteria for return to competition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthrometry, Articular
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Football / injuries*
  • Hip Injuries / pathology
  • Hip Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Hip Injuries / surgery
  • Hip Joint / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Treatment Outcome