Hip Dislocations in Athletes

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SUMMARYDislocation of the hip is a rare injury in sport. The deep bony anatomy and strong ligamentous and muscular support provide significant protection for the hip joint and contribute to the low incidence of this injury. However, with the significant size, speed, and strength of some athletes and the prevalence of violent bodily contact in sport, severe injuries, such as hip dislocations, do occur. The high forces required to dislocate a hip place the hip joint at high risk for severe associated injuries and complications. Accurate diagnosis, proper evaluation, and timely intervention are crucial to manage a hip dislocation and its associated injuries, avoid complications, and obtain the best possible outcome.

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