Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS
JAG Physical Therapy Tip

Femoral Acetabular Impingement: An Epidemic in Hockey Players

History of groin strains? Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) may be the underlying cause.  But you’ve never heard of it, so what is FAI? FAI is due to a structural abnormality of either the femur, or thigh, or the pelvis where the femur attaches to form the hip joint. In young male athletes, the most common type of FAI is called CAM impingement which is characterized by an abnormal shape of the femoral head. Due to the abnormal shape, with movement, there is increased and abnormal contact with the acetabulum (area where the thigh connects to the pelvis to form the hip) which causes pain.  The cause of FAI is unknown however, injury, genetics, or excessive exercise during early bone growth are common causes.

Groin pain that gets worse with activity or prolonged sitting is the most common complaint with FAI. Pain can also occur in the outside of the upper thigh, buttock and sacroiliac joint. Limited hip range of motion is a common partner to groin pain with FAI.

Hip labral tears are common with CAM impingement, specifically from the jamming of the femur in the pelvis. Labral tears in combination with FAI are especially common with hockey players, where skating incorporates high hip flexion and internal rotation movements at the hip. FAI may also result in damage to cartilage and early onset arthritis.

X-ray and MRI are used to diagnose hip impingement and distinguish where the abnormality is located. If you are diagnosed with FAI, surgery may be necessary to correct bone abnormalities and restore normal motion of the hip. With proper rehab, hockey players often return to their sport between three and four months after FAI hip surgery. 

For more information on JAG Physical Therapy or any of our other fine products visit jagpt.com

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54