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The Athlete’s Hip: Return to Sport

presented by John Snyder

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Financial: John Snyder receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: John Snyder has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Return to sport is a very complicated decision, and for pathologies of the hip, this becomes even more convoluted due to the paucity of research in this region. Multiple factors can influence readiness for return to sport, from fear of reinjury to performance during functional testing. These factors will be discussed in an easy-to-implement framework to aid the clinician’s confidence in returning their athlete with hip pain to sport.

The recommended order to take the courses in The Athlete’s Hip series is as follows:
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Screening & Evaluation of Posterolateral Hip Pain
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Evaluation of Groin Pain
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Treatment of Hip Pathology
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Return to Sport


  • Meet Your Instructor

    John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

    John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has worked in various outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine environments, but specializes in the treatment of athletes with hip pain and more specifically ice hockey athletes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the…

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    Chapters & Learning Objectives

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    1. Return to Sport Epidemiology

    Understanding the prognosis and return to sport likelihood for patients following conservative and surgical management is paramount in devising the end stages of rehabilitation. This chapter will discuss return to sport likelihood for specific pathologies, reinjury rates, and factors that influence these figures.

    2. Injury Prevention and Risk Assessment

    In devising the end stages of rehabilitation, it is necessary to understand what puts athletes at increased risk for injury and what we can do to help decrease these modifiable risk factors. This chapter will take you through a framework to understand the complexity of injury prediction and the effectiveness of risk reduction for athletes with hip and groin pain.

    3. Return to Sport Framework

    Return to sport determination is a complicated process that involves multiple potential factors. In order to make a well-informed decision, it is important to have a thorough framework in place. This chapter will discuss the theory and ease of application of the StAART Framework to improve the consistency and accuracy of return to sport determination.

    4. Evaluation of Health Status

    The evaluation of health status involves taking into consideration patient demographics, current symptoms, past medical history, physical examination findings, radiology, functional testing, and psychological state. This chapter will help clinicians evaluate these factors as they relate to hip pathology in order to successfully return their athletes to sport.

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