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New Tool Developed to Assess Athletic Hip Function

Tracey Romero • Wed, September 27th, 2017

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New study published in the September, 2017 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that the new Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Athletic Hip Score is a valid and reliable tool for evaluation of the hip in an athletic population.

According to researchers from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic (KJOC), this is the first full assessment dedicated to the special nuances in athletic hip function.

They used the results of a pilot questionnaire which was administered to 18 athletic individuals to develop a 10-item questionnaire. The final questionnaire was given to 250 competitive athletes from multiple sports. The athletes were also asked to complete 3 other hip outcomes assessments that have already been validated.

The results showed that the KJOC Athletic Hip Score “showed high correlation with the modified Harris Hip Score, the Nonarthritic Hip Score, and the International Hip Outcome Tool.”

The researchers wrote, “The new score stratified athletes by injury category, demonstrated responsiveness and accuracy, and varied appropriately with improvements in injury category after treatment of injuries.”

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