Hip Pain in a High School Football Player: A Case Report

Lori Ann Bolgla, Dana L. Jones, Douglas R. Keskula, Jewell B. Duncan

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Objective: To describe the evaluation, diagnosis, and conservative treatment of a 15-year-old male high school football player with an avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity. Background: Avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity is a rare and often missed diagnosis. A literature review offered limited information concerning the evaluation and conservative treatment of such an injury. Differential Diagnosis: Avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity. Treatment: The athlete's treatment goal was to return to football and weight lifting without surgical intervention. Treatment initially focused on controlling pain and normalizing gait. The athlete then advanced to a progressive resistance exercise program and functional sporting drills as he improved in hip range of motion, strength, and neuromuscular control. He returned to unrestricted sporting activities 14 weeks after the injury. Uniqueness: Avulsion of the ischial tuberosity is a rare injury. Most published case reports have recommended surgical intervention for this injury, with little information describing conservative treatment. Conclusions: Sports medicine practitioners must obtain an accurate history, perform a thorough physical examination, and obtain appropriate radiographs in order to correctly diagnose an ischial tuberosity avulsion fracture. Furthermore, they should consider conservative treatment for minimally displaced ischial tuberosity avulsion fractures. Should the athlete not show significant functional gains within a month of conservative treatment, the health care provider should consider surgical treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Athletic Training
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Hip pain
  • Rehabilitation
  • Tuberosity avulsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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