Return to sport rates in physically active individuals 6 months after arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement syndrome

Kathryn R. Glaws, Thomas J. Ellis, Timothy E. Hewett, Stephanie Di Stasi

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Context: Six months is the expected time frame to return to sport (RTS) after hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS). Objective: The primary aims of this study were to (1) report the RTS rate of physically active individuals 6 months after arthroscopic surgery for FAIS and (2) compare the self-reported hip function between those who were able to RTS against those who had not. Design: Cohort study. Setting: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Patients: A total of 42 physically active individuals scheduled for hip arthroscopy for FAIS. Main Outcome Measures: Self-reported function, including preinjury and current activity levels and ability to participate in sport, were collected on 42 individuals with FAIS prior to surgery and at 6-month follow-up. Participants were allocated into 2 groups based on self-reported RTS status at 6-month follow-up. Separate 2-way analyses of variance were used to test the interaction of groups (those who did/did not RTS). Main effects were reported in the absence of statistically significant interactions (P ≤ .05). Results: Altogether, 28 of 42 participants (66%) returned for 6-month follow-up; 5 of the 14 participants (35.7%) lost to follow-up underwent contralateral hip surgery within the study time frame. At the 6-month follow-up, 16 of the remaining 28 participants (57.1%) reported that they had returned to sport, 5 of whom returned at their prior level of participation. There was no statistically significant interaction of group and time for either hip outcome score subscale (P ≥ .20). Self-reported hip function improved over time, regardless of group (P ≤ .001). Participants in the yRTS group demonstrated higher hip outcome score-sport scores than did the nRTS group, regardless of time (P = .04). Conclusions: Though just over half of participants returned to sport 6 months after hip arthroscopy for FAIS, only 18% returned to their previous level of sports participation. Participants who returned to sport reported better function than those who did not, but self-reported hip function improved over time regardless of group. The most commonly reported reasons for not returning to sport were weakness (69.6%), fear (65.2%), and pain (56.5%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-575
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of sport rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • FAIS
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Hip function
  • Hip outcome score

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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