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Hip and Groin Pain Prevalence and Prediction in Elite Gaelic Games: 2703 Male Athletes Across Two Seasons

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  • D Carolan
  • C Richter
  • K Thorborg
  • A Franklyn-Miller
  • J O'Donovan
  • C Mc Donald
  • E King
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OBJECTIVE: Hip and groin pain is highly prevalent in sub-elite Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) athletes, but its prevalence at the elite level is unknown. The aims of this study were to report hip and groin pain prevalence in elite male athletes, to report changes in Copenhagen Hip and Groin Outcome Score (HAGOS) across two seasons and to assess if previous hip and groin pain or pre-season HAGOS could predict future hip and groin pain.

METHODS: During the 2017 and 2018 pre-season male Gaelic Players Association (GPA) playing members were invited to complete two questionnaires. The first questionnaire collected demographic information including age, GAA code played (Gaelic football or Hurling) and prevalence of hip and groin pain in the previous season. The second questionnaire was the HAGOS. Step-wise logistic regression models were fitted to HAGOS subscales, to examine if pre-season HAGOS subscale scores could predict future hip and groin pain.

RESULTS: The prevalence of hip and groin pain across the elite GAA cohort was 38%. Hip and groin pain in the previous season was the strongest predictor of future hip and groin pain (r2 =0.19, AUC=0.73, 95% CI 1.76-2.27) whereas pre-season HAGOS subscale scores had limited and no additional predictive ability (AUC 0.05-0.18).

CONCLUSIONS: Hip and groin pain prevalence is high in elite male GAA, with one in three athletes reporting pain. Previous season hip and groin pain is the strongest predictor of future hip and groin pain, while pre-season HAGOS scores have limited ability to predict future hip and groin pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14136
JournalScandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports
Volume32
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)924-932
Number of pages9
ISSN0905-7188
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Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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  • Gaelic Athletic Association, Gaelic Football, Hip and Groin Outcome Score, Hip and groin pain, hurling, prediction

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