Risk Factors for Hip Osteoarthritis: Insight for the Strength and Conditioning Professional

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Abstract

HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA) WILL AFFECT APPROXIMATELY 25% OF THE POPULATION AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFETIME. ALTHOUGH THE ETIOLOGY OF HIP OA IS MULTIFACTORIAL, RISK FACTORS SEEM TO HAVE A ROLE IN BOTH THE INCIDENCE AND ESCALATION OF SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH HIP OA. EVIDENCE UNDERPINNING AND REFUTING SOME OF THE COMMONLY PURPORTED RISK FACTORS IS DISCUSSED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF PROVIDING THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL WITH EVIDENCE-BASED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THEIR CLIENTS.

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