Outcomes Among Athletes Versus Nonathletes After Arthroscopic Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement


This study synthesizes and reports patient-reported outcomes (PROs) among athletes vs nonathletes after hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement. A systematic review was performed in November 2020 with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) process. We included studies that reported PROs for athletes vs nonathletes. We excluded articles that did not contain full text, that were not in English, and that included level IV evidence. Four studies reporting on a total of 294 athletes and 230 nonathletes were included. Of these studies, 3 found superior outcomes among athletes, and 1 found that athletes recovered faster, but nonathletes had equivalent outcomes at later follow-up. Athletes and nonathletes showed significant improvements in PROs; however, athletes showed a trend toward superior PROs. Thus, pre-operative athletic activity is associated with favorable outcomes after hip arthroscopy. [Orthopedics. 2022;45(6):e288-e294.].

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