Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joint in retired football players

Acta Orthop Scand. 1980 Dec;51(6):925-7. doi: 10.3109/17453678008990896.


The possible relationship between football playing and osteoarthritis in the hip and knee joints has been examined. The results of clinical and radiographic examinations of 57 retired football players and a corresponding control group were compared. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint was found to occur significantly more often in the football players than in the controls. Such a relationship could not be found regarding the knee joint.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Football*
  • Hip Joint*
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / etiology*
  • Sports Medicine*