Jogging after total hip arthroplasty

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Jan;42(1):131-7. doi: 10.1177/0363546513506866. Epub 2013 Oct 10.


Background: Jogging has been classified as a high-impact sport, and jogging after total hip arthroplasty (THA) has not been well documented.

Purpose: To investigate the participation rate for postoperative jogging as well as jogging parameters and the influence of jogging on implant stability and bearing wear.

Study design: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3.

Methods: Included in this study were 804 hips in 608 patients (85 men, 523 women) who underwent THA between 2005 and 2011 with follow-up longer than 1 year. The mean patient age was 62 years (range, 26-98 years), and mean follow-up duration was 4.8 years (range, 2.3-7.8 years). Hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA) was performed in 81 patients and conventional THA in 527 patients. During routine postsurgical visits, patients were given a questionnaire concerning preoperative and postoperative jogging routines. For joggers, frequency, distance, duration, and velocity of jogging were recorded. Patients who did not jog postoperatively were asked to provide reasons for not jogging. Radiographs concerning implant migration and polyethylene wear were evaluated with specialized software, and serum cobalt and chromium ion concentrations were investigated for patients with metal-on-metal articulation.

Results: A total of 33 patients (5.4%) performed jogging preoperatively, and 23 patients (3.8%) performed jogging postoperatively. Of the 23 who jogged postoperatively, conventional THA was performed in 13 patients and HRA in 10 patients. Postoperatively, joggers trained a mean of 4 times (range, 1-7 times) per week, covering a mean distance of 3.6 km (range, 0.5-15 km) in a mean time of 29 minutes (range, 5-90 minutes) per session and at a mean speed of 7.7 km/h (range, 3-18 km/h). No patient complained of pain or showed serum cobalt and chromium ion elevation greater than 7 ppb. No hip showed loosening, abnormal component migration, or excessive wear at a mean 5-year follow-up. There were 74 postoperative non-joggers with an interest in jogging. The reasons given for avoiding jogging included anxiety (45 patients; 61%); impossible because of several reasons, including pain, decreased range of motion, and muscle weakness (18 patients; 24%); and lumbar or knee pain (11 patients; 15%). Multivariate analysis revealed that male sex and a history of preoperative jogging demonstrated significant relationships with postoperative jogging.

Conclusion: A total of 3.8% of THA patients participated in postoperative jogging. Short-term postoperative follow-up did not identify any negative influence of jogging on implant survival.

Keywords: clinical results; hip resurfacing arthroplasty; jogging; sports; total hip arthroplasty.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chromium / blood
  • Cobalt / blood
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Joint / surgery
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Jogging / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Radiography
  • Recovery of Function
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Chromium
  • Cobalt