Hip replacement in the athlete: is there a role?

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2011 Sep;19(9):1524-30. doi: 10.1007/s00167-011-1492-2. Epub 2011 Apr 12.


Sport and total hip arthroplasty (THA) have been regarded by many as being mutually exclusive. The primary indication for hip arthroplasty has always been pain. With advances in the technology surrounding hip replacement surgery and increasing patient expectations of what THA can offer, there is a growing demand for hip replacement with the aim of returning to sporting activity. The aim of this review article is to report the advances in hip replacement surgery that aim to make the procedure more suitable for the sporting individual and to summarise the literature on the subject of returning to sports after THA.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Athletes*
  • Athletic Performance*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Prosthesis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure / etiology*
  • Recovery of Function / physiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sports / physiology
  • Stress, Mechanical