Labral tears in athletes can lead to disabling hip pain and affect their athletic performance. Isolated athletic injury or repetitive traumatic activity can lead to labral tears; however, underlying structural (femoroacetabular impingement) and developmental abnormalities predisposing athletes to labral pathology must also be addressed. Recent studies [11,12] have demonstrated lesions associated with acetabular labral tears, and that labral tears uncommonly occur as isolated injuries. Return to sport is favorable in athletes who have labral tears if they are properly treated with arthroscopic intervention [11,32].

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