Common Hip Injuries in Track and Field Athletes

Across the nation, the top track and field athletes are competing for the top spot in their event.

While we always hope for the best when it comes to the athletes we treat here at Westchester Sport and Spine, injuries are inevitable.

Especially to hip joint, where injuries and hip pain occur due to the grueling, often punishing demands training and racing put on the joint.

Below are the top 3 injuries I see in Track and Field athletes:

  1. Muscle Strains– Many track athletes, whether they are high school, collegiate, recreational, or professional have suffered a muscle strain occurring in the hip region. Most commonly theseoccur to the hip flexors, and adductors. A hip adductor strain is better known as a “pulled groin”This is the muscle that helps to bring your leg in towards the midline. The other commonmuscle pulled is the “hip flexor.” Contrary to popular belief there is no muscle with the name“hip flexor.” However there are muscles, such as the Psoas, and the Sartorious which do aid in

    hip flexion. These muscles can be strained in a “hip flexor injury.

  2. Hip Labrum Tear– Due to the invention of hip arthroscopy and high resolution MRI, we are now better able to understand new pathologies of the hip. The labrum is a rim of cartilage whichhelps to deepen the hip socket. Injury to this structure can cause hip pain. The pain caused by alabrum tear is usually in the groin area, and can wrap around the side of the hip. Patients withlabrum tears usually have pain with deep hip flexion and rotation.
  3. Stress Fractures– Stress fractures in the hip are fortunately very rare. These fractures occur usually due to an overuse injury. Frequently patients who have other medical conditions can bemore susceptible to sustaining stress fracture of the hip. Patient with stress fractures have painwith walking and with raising their leg up when laying down.
Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. He has also been an active member of the National Ski Patrol as well as a Member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol for 18 years.